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Summer Program


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  • 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)

  • Hamden Chess Team for ages 8-18 interested in playing in regional tournaments, improving at chess, and making new friends through chess. Eight team training sessions (Pizza/"Prep Rallies") held throughout the year.

  • HCC Tournaments - USCF (In-Person) Sign up on Events page
    • HCC Monthly Action Quads (G/25)
    • HCC Monthly Kids (SCHOLASTIC Grades K-12)
    • HCC Monthly Swiss G/30, G/45 or G/75
  • HCC 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)

  • Lessons (Individual Lessons for Kids or Adults) - Detailed description and availability is on the Lessons page

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

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 April 2023 HCC has over 160 members and weekly casual play attendance is 12 to 20 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).

-G/45 and G/75 USCF tournaments for adults (ages 13+) of any rating, including Unrated. Under 13 eligible if USCF rating of 700+.

-Monthly USCF Action Quads tournaments. For adults (ages 13+) of any rating, including Unrated. Under 13 eligible if USCF rating of 700+. Opportunity to play three rated games in one evening. Usually on 3rd Monday evening of month 6:30-9:30pm

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 Monthly 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:
Best Phone Number/Cell Phone:


USCF Tournaments (In-Person) - All Upcoming Tournament links now on the Events page

Tournaments (Online) - Please see Events page as well as the Upcoming Weekly HCC Online Tournaments page on the platform.

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)

2023-2024 Hamden Chess Team:
  • Opportunity for young chess players who are interested in playing in tournaments, improving at chess, and making new friends through chess
  • Open to ages 8-18, all rating levels
  • Organized by National Master Jordan Groff (Coach Jordan)
  • Benefits include eight training sessions (Pizza/"Prep Rallies") held the Sunday before each tournament 4:00-7:00PM A lesson with Coach Jordan followed by training games with teammates and pizza! Team members are encouraged to attend training sessions even if it doesn't suit them to go to the following week's tournament.
  • Team Camaraderie: Team members can hang out at tournaments and review games. Big tournaments can be intimidating for newer players, but being with a group of friends helps alot!
  • Team Shirt
  • Team members are encouraged to attend as many of the eight tournaments and Prep Rallies as they can. Schedule of Tournaments and Pizza/Prep Rallies for the year is listed on Hamden Chess Team Flyer (PDF).
  • Discount for current PMCA students and HCC Scholastic Club members

    Hamden Chess Team 2023-2024
    Please Enter Team Member Name & Age
    Please Enter Parent Name & Cell Ph #

Gift Certificates for Chess Players!

Please Choose Amount of Gift Certificate ($25 | $50 | $100 | $250):
Recipient Name:
Message to Recipient:

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