variety of chess events take place throughout the year. These include
our Summer Chess Program, Tournaments (online and in-person), Casual Play
Events-(most Monday evenings except tournament nights), Chess Movie Nights,
and Open House days.
Chess Club - Little Opens (In-Person Adult Quad Tournaments-3rd Mondays):
Time Control/format: G/20, d3; Round-robin quads; Equipment provided
Entry fee: $15 HCC members; $25 non-members
Prizes: $30 1st each quad; one six player swiss group if necessary,
with $20 2nd place prize
Eligibility: USCF membership is not required. Adults of all levels
(high school age and up) are welcome. Elo (club rated games) not USCF
Entry deadline: One day (24 hours) prior. No signups at door! Refunds
available until entry deadline
Defaults: Players not checked in prior to start time may be defaulted.
Clocks will start promptly
Byes: No byes due to round-robin format. All participants must
play all three rounds
COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Please see list of requirements on Sign
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. 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 here: https://lichess.org/team/hamden-chess-club
To participate in an online tournament, first join the Hamden Chess Club
(or enroll in a class as a student). Then set up a free account Lichess.
Click request to join on the HCC page on lichess. Send your real name
(for verification of HCC membership or current student status) as well
as your lichess username to HamdenChessClub@PlayMoreChess.com. 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.
Only HCC current members and current students may join our online club
and be eligible to win a tournament prize.
of all past Tournament (2017 to Present) and names of first place winners
few photos from the past!
Nights and Special Events:
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.
2020 Online Summer Chess Program (Check back in 2021 - hopefully
we can offer both online and in-person summer programs)!
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
variants such as Crazyhouse, Chess 960, King of the Hill, Three-check,
Antichess, Atomic, Horde, Racing Kings!
Monday - Thursday; 1:30PM-3:00PM
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:
1:30pm-1:45pm: Chess Instruction on a Key Tactic or Strategy
and Brief study illustrating a Chess Variant.
1:45pm-2:30pm: Crazyhouse or other Chess Variant: Two 10+3 Rapid
2:15pm-2:20pm: Five minute stretch/snack/bathroom break
2:20pm-3:00pm: Standard Chess Games: Two 5+3 Blitz games
Coach Rod's Virtual Chess Room on zoom.com and classroom on lichess.org.
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 www.lichess.org. It is recommended each
device has a camera but not a requirement.
SIGN UP: Registration is currently closed. Thanks to everyone who
signed up for each of the six weeks in June and July. Each week was filled
out upcoming regional tournaments listed on the CT Chess Association page: