Our programs offer students from kindergarten through adult a chance to learn chess and improve their chess skills. We teach all ability levels, from beginners to advanced players. Since 2011, we have offered after-school and in-school enrichment chess programs at schools in New Haven County.
Over 11,000 children and adults have participated in classes, private lessons and chess events offered by Play More Chess Academy since it was founded. As of 2023, PMCA has over 90 enrolled students taking classes and lessons each week. The Hamden Chess Club has 130 club members who participate in adult casual play, USCF tournaments and weekly online tournaments.
Hamden Chess Club
Hamden Chess Club is an official affiliate of US Chess. The club has a permanent home at Play More Chess Academy and meets weekly for casual play. Tournaments and special events for kids and adults are held each month. In addition to scheduled events, HCC members can meet up with friends and play chess during open hours.
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of class times (i.e. come either before 4PM or after 6:15PM)
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Holiday Schedule/Closures as noted
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Play More Chess Academy
Home of the Hamden Chess Club
1227 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Local Area Establishments (Food, Coffee Shops, Bookstores)
-Books and Co (adjacent to PMCA)
-Legal Grounds Coffee Shop (adjacent to PMCA)
-Whitneyville Food Store (across the street)
-The Playwright (restaurant and Irish pub - across the street)
-The Soup Girl (soup) and Scoop Girl (ice cream; across the street)
-Paul and Eddy's Pizza (1 mile North)
-Cumin India (restaurant - 1.9 miles North)
-Starbucks coffee (2.1 miles Northwest)
-Hamden's Miller (Main) Library (2.9 miles North)
Space Rental for Private Events
Facility: Our facility (1928 square feet) is available for rent for parties and events involving chess, table tennis and foosball. Eight tournament-quality chess sets and clocks, Stiga table tennis equipment and a Tornado foosball table are available for your group. Six tables and plenty of chairs are available for serving food and eating. A kitchen with refrigerator, microwave other appliances are available for your use.
You may bring any food or drink you like, play music from your playlist through the built-in sound system. Parking on the premises with additional public/street parking available.
Further Information or to Request a Party Date:
We have over 200 chess books for kids and adults, chess sets, clocks, gifts and supplies. We have a full selection of affordable chess sets, clocks and books that make excellent gifts for chess players.
Email: info@PlayMoreChess.com | Phone: 203.680.8456 | Hamden, CT