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!
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
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.
EARLY REGISTRATION FEE: $95/Week. (Registration
increases to $110 the Friday before a program week begins).
SIGN UP: Register for one or more program weeks on the Sign
Six weeks are offered:
June 22 - 25
June 29 - July 2
July 6 - 9
July 13 - 16
July 20 - 23
July 27 - 30
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 Chess.com.
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 Chess.com,
Lichess.org (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 Chess.com;
Wed. tournaments are usually hosted on lichess.org. Only HCC current members
and current students may join our our two online clubs.
History: List of all past Tournament
(2017 to Present) and names of first place winners (PDF)
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.
out upcoming regional tournaments listed on the CT Chess Association page: