Hamden Chess Club


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Summer Program

Sign up for:

  • Classes for Kids (Offered Year-Round; In-Person or Online)

  • Classes for Adults (In-Person; Sign up via Hamden Adult Education Chess 101 Beginner and Chess 102 Chess Tactics)

  • Hamden Chess Club (Casual Play, Monthly USCF-rated tournaments; Weekly online Lichess tournaments with prizes and free entry; Discounts on USCF-rated tournament entry fees)

  • HCC Tournaments - USCF (In-Person)
    • HCC Monthly G/25 Action Quads
    • HCC Monthly Kids Scholastic (Grades K-12)
    • HCC Monthly G/45 Quads
    • HCC Classical G/75+30

  • Tournaments - Online Weekly on the Lichess platform, for all ages and rating levels; no entry fee but must be HCC member or enrolled chess student:
    • Monday Madness 7pm (Beginners - Max 1400 rating)
    • Wild Wednesday Open 8pm (Open to any rating)
    • Saturday Skirmish 3pm (Intermediate - Max 1700 rating)

  • Summer Program - Detailed description and registration form is on the Summer Program page

  • Gift Certificates

  • Newsletter (emailed Beginning of month)

Chess Classes for Kids (year-round):

DATES: Enrollment is ongoing throughout the year. Choose a day/time below. Initial sign up is for one month/four weeks (one hour class per week).

Classes meet one hour per week and provide engaging topical chess lessons, short video tutorials, puzzles, examples from grandmaster games and other fun activities in a proven learning curriculum aligned with US Chess Federation recommendations.

Students choosing to continue beyond initial four weeks do so on a month-to-month basis. Payment is automatic once per month ensuring enrollment for that month of classes.

ALSO INCLUDES: Hamden Chess Club membership with reduced entry fee for in-person tournaments; free entry in weekly online tournaments. It includes PMCA Private Online Chess Club for optional casual games (with classmates and other PMCA students) each week.

If preferred class day/time is full, please email below to be listed on waiting list.

QUESTIONS? Please email or call 203.680.8456


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Hamden Chess Club Membership:

Hamden Chess Club Membership Rates:

-Adults: $100/year
-Scholastic (K-12) $80/year
-Seniors (Age 65+): $80/year

HCC club members of all ages and chess abilities can join the Hamden Chess Club and find opportunities to play both casual and tournament chess, both Over-the-Board (OTB) and online

Both yearly and monthly payment options are available. Membership will renew automatically at the end of the period unless canceled.

As of March 2023 HCC has over 110 members and weekly casual play attendance is 12 to 16 on a typical Monday or Thursday evening.


Discounted entry fees on USCF Rated Tournaments each month:

-USCF Scholastic (Grades K-12 of any chess rating, including Unrated). Usually on Saturday afternoon.

-G/45 USCF tournaments for adults (ages 13+) of any rating, including Unrated. Under 13 eligible if USCF rating of 800+. Usually on Saturday afternoon.

-G/25 USCF Action Quads tournaments. For adults (ages 13+) of any rating, including Unrated. Under 13 eligible if USCF rating of 800+. Opportunity to play three rated games in one evening. Usually on 3rd Monday evening of month 6:30-9:30pm

-G/75+30 several times a year we offer tournaments with a classical (longer) time control. Usually four rounds, one round per week, Sunday afternoon.

Weekly Online Tournaments:
Free entry for HCC members. Members of any age who enjoy online play can participate in our weekly online tournaments on for various rating levels (usually Mon., Wed., & Sat).
A $20 Amazon gift card goes to the first place winner if membership is in good standing and the tournament had a minimum of four HCC participants. Upcoming online tournaments and additional details are listed at:

Twice Weekly Casual Play: HCC members can play free, most Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, ($10 day rate for visitors/non-members). (Note: 3rd Mondays of a month are reserved for G/25 Action Quads tournament which requires advance registration). Under age 13 may participate if they have a USCF rating of 800+.

Please Choose Membership Category:
Chess Level (Based on current USCF rating or self-estimated):
Name of Club Member:
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USCF Tournaments (In-Person)




  • May 6, 2023 HCC May Maneuver (SCHOLASTIC K-12)
  • May 13, 2023 HCC May Maverick G/45 Quads
  • May 15, 2023 HCC May Action Quads
  • June 17, 2023 HCC June Jolt (SCHOLASTIC K-12)
  • June 19, 2023 HCC June Action Quads
  • June 24, 2023 HCC June G/45 Quads

Tournaments (Online):

Upcoming Weekly HCC Online Tournaments on Lichess

Online tournaments are for all ages. Wednesday tournaments open to all rating levels; Mon and Sat tournaments are restricted based on rating levels as listed on tournament page; No entry fee for online tournaments but must be HCC member or enrolled chess student who has requested to join and been accepted to the HCC team on Lichess prior to the tournament. ($20 Gift Card prize for online tournament winner if tournament has four or more players. Winner must be HCC current member in good standing or currently enrolled PMCA chess student to claim a prize):

  • Monday Madness 7pm (Beginners - Max 1400 rating)
  • Wild Wednesday Open 8pm (Open to any rating)
  • Saturday Skirmish 3pm (Intermediate - Max 1700 rating)

Gift Certificates for Chess Players!

Please Choose Amount of Gift Certificate ($25 | $50 | $100 | $250):
Recipient Name:
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Note: Once your gift certificate payment is received you will receive an attractive 8.5" x 11" gift certificate with Recipient Name, Message, Amount, Date (See Sample). A copy of the certificate will be kept on file at the studio until the amount of the gift certificate is spent. Gift certificate must be used within 18 months of the date of purchase.


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Email: | Phone: 203.680.8456 | Hamden, CT