Hamden Chess Club


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A variety of chess events take place throughout the year. These include Summer Chess Program , Tournaments, Casual Play Events, Open Houses with cookies/hot cocoa in the Winter and Movie Nights!

Online Summer Chess Program

Each week will be filled with engaging learning, casual and tournament play within each week's group. We will play standard chess as well as learn/play new variants such as Crazyhouse, Chess 960, King of the Hill, Three-check, Antichess, Atomic, Horde, Racing Kings!

DAYS/TIMES: Monday - Thursday; 1:30PM-3:00PM 


1:30pm-1:45pm: Chess Instruction on a Key Tactic or Strategy and Brief study illustrating a Chess Variant.

Crazyhouse or other Chess Variant: Two 10+3 Rapid games

Five minute stretch/snack/bathroom break

Standard Chess Games: Two 5+3 Blitz games

WHERE: Coach Rod's Virtual Chess Room on and classroom on 
WHO:  Open to all students who understand the basic rules, are comfortable playing complete games of standard chess and have a solid understanding of check and checkmate. 
REQUIREMENTS: Each student will need their own device, a good internet connection and a free account at  It is recommended each device has a camera but not a requirement. 
(Registration increases to $110 the Friday before a program week begins).
SIGN UP: Register for one or more program weeks on the Sign Up page.

Six weeks are offered:

  • June 22 - 25
  • June 29 - July 2
  • July 6 - 9
  • July 13 - 16
  • July 20 - 23
  • July 27 - 30

Online Tournaments
Hamden Chess Club hosts up to three online tournaments each week (usually Mon, Wed & Sat). They are open to HCC Members, including current students of Play More Chess Academy. The Sat. tournament is usually limited to players with <1200 ratings (beginners/intermediate players). A $20 prize, (usually an Amazon gift card) goes to the first place winner for tournaments that have at least four HCC participants. Upcoming tournaments and links for this week are listed on the HCC platform on

To participate in a tournament, first join the Hamden Chess Club (or enroll in a class as a student). Then set up a free account on either, (or both). You can request to join HCC online clubs on both sites. Once you are verified as an HCC member in good standing you will be able to join any of our online tournaments and be eligible to win a tournament prize. Mon & Sat tournaments are usually hosted on; Wed. tournaments are usually hosted on Only HCC current members and current students may join our our two online clubs.

Tournament History: List of all past Tournament (2017 to Present) and names of first place winners (PDF)

Movie Nights and Special Events:

Chess Students and Hamden Chess Club members can attend chess movie nights, simuls and other special events at a free or discounted rate depending on the event. Upcoming movies and special events are listed the monthly email newsletter sent to students and Hamden Chess Club members.

Past Event Photos:


Check out upcoming regional tournaments listed on the CT Chess Association page:



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Email: | Phone: 203.680.0657 | Hamden, CT