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Summer Program

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We will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29, 2023.
There will be no kids classes, store hours that day and no casual play that evening.

Chess Classes
for Kids (Year-Round)

*Beginner and Intermediate Classes - Eight class times offered each week

*Engaging learning, tournament play within each week's group

*Online and In-Person Options

*Includes option to participate tournaments at reduced rate; free online chess club participation

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Hamden Chess Club

*Casual Play and USCF Tournaments

*In-Person Activities:
Casual Play Mondays & Thursdays; Monthly USCF- Rated tournaments for kids and adults

*Online Activities: 10+ tournaments each month with prizes

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Chess Classes for Adults
(Fall, Winter, Spring)

*Classes meet one evening
(two hours) per week

* Chess 101 - Chess for Beginners

* Chess 102 - Chess Tactics

*Sign up for Adult Chess
Classes at Hamden Adult Education web site:

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Summer Chess Program Registration is OPEN

  • Five Weeks Jun 26-Jul 28 (Sign up for one or more weeks)
  • Full week/full day (9AM-3PM), Half day (9AM-12:30PM) and 3-Day (9AM-3PM) schedule options are available
  • Sibling and Multi-week discounts available
  • Open to: Students Ages 7-17 who already know the basics AND are comfortable playing complete games to checkmate. Instructional groupings by level and age
  • USCF expert-level instruction!
  • Review 2023 Summer Chess Flyer (PDF)

Sign Up on the PMCA Summer Chess Program Page

Monthly USCF Tournaments:




10+ Online Tournaments each month for every level (Free Entry for HCC team members)
No entry fee for online tournaments on the platform. HCC team members just sign up at the respective tournament link. Winner receives $20 gift card if HCC membership in good standing (or currently enrolled student); and a minimum of four team members participated in the tournament.

Adult Casual Play
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Note: On 3rd Monday of most months there is an over-the-board tournament. Must pre-register to play in tournament - no casual play on those Monday evenings


Congratulations to our recent winners of HCC online and OTB tournaments (in Bold):

May 24: Todd Kearns
May 22: Aarav Singh Lemar
May 20: Derrick Tang
May 17: Avi Jaffe
May 15: HCC May Quad Tournament: Shneor Edelkopf
May 13: HCC May Maverick G/30: Top Section (1500+): Jordan Groff (1st); Alex Emmons (2nd); U1500 Section: Junwen Wang (1st); Liliana Bello (2nd)
May 10: Todd Kearns
May 8: Anderson Zemon
May 6: HCC May Maneuver (Scholastic): Trophy Winners: Brayden Wang; Luca Festa (Quad 1); Aarav Singh Lemar (Quad 2); Sahil Singh Lemar; Dev Girish Kumar (Quad 3); Andrew Orlowski; Jack Brecks, David Kim (Quad 4-Small Swiss)
May 3: Asher Luszcz
May 1: Alexander Zemon
Apr 29: HCC April Advantage G/30: Top Section (Over 1500): Jordan Groff (1st); Alex Emmons, Jacob LaPlant, Michael Uwakwe (3-way tie for 2nd); U1500 Section: Jadon Wolfe (1st); David Froomkin, Aaron Piao, Brayden Sabol
Apr 26: Will Johnson

As of May 25, 2023, $17,365 has been distributed in cash and prizes at the adult and kids tournaments (OTB and online). A List of all our past tournaments/first place winners is at here (PDF). USCF cross tables for HCC are listed here. Join the HCC, participate in our next tournament, and win a prize!

Upcoming Adult Chess Classes (Fall 2023)

  • Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
    • Dates TBD

  • Chess 102 - Chess Tactics
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
    • Dates TBD

  • Chess Openings - Plans and Strategy
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm



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