Hamden Chess Club


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Please Note: We will be closed for the federal holiday on Monday, October 10, 2022. There will be no classes, store hours or casual play on that day.

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 Little Open club-rated tournaments and monthly USCF 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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Upcoming Tournaments:

  • October Little Open
    Mon. Oct 17, 6:30pm
    Adults - Ages 13+
    Elo-club rated, not USCF. USCF not required to register
    G/20,d3; 3RR Quads; In-Person
    Prizes: Winner of each Quad: $40

    Registration and current entries

  • HCC October Odyssey (Scholastic K-12, USCF G/30 Quads)
    Sat. Oct 22, 1:00pm
    Prizes: Trophies for player(s) in each quad who achieve total of two points out of three. Chess medals for all other players within each quad.
    Registration and current entries

  • HCC October Opposition (USCF G/45 Quads)
    Sat. Oct 29, 1:00pm
    Adults Ages 13+; under 13 must be rated 1000+ to participate
    Prizes: Winner of each Quad $60

    Registration and current entries

  • HCC November Action (Scholastic, USCF, G/25)
    Sat. Nov 12, 1:00pm
    4SS, G/25, d5; Four rounds of USCF rated chess;
    Three Sections: Open (1200 and up); Under 1200 Section; and Under 600 Section
    Prizes: Trophies for Top 3 in each section and chess medals for all other players
    Registration and current entries



  • 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 a Little Open 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):

    • Oct 5: Will Johnson
      Oct 1: Aditya Narahan
      Sep 28: Todd Kearns
      Sep 26: Owen Anatra
      Sep 24: HCC September Showdown (USCF) Quad Winners: Joseph Bihlmeyer, Alexander Emmons (Quad 1 tie); Corin Gartenlaub, Omkar Maralappanavar, Jonathan Smucker (Quad 2 tie); Benjamin Foxman (Quad 3); Tyler Barry, Ethan Gavin, Nolan Krieger, Wyelin Newell (Quad 4 tie).
      Sep 21: Asher Luszcz
      Sep 19: September Little Open: Will Johnson
      Sep 19: Owen Anatra
      Sep 17: HCC September Scramble (USCF Scholastic): Arthur Xu, Aaryan Arora, Aleksandr Kuzmin, Logan Carney, Yash Khandelwal, Anderson Zemon
      Sep 14: Todd Kearns
      Sep 12: Derrick Tang
      Sep 7: Wyn Veiga
      Sep 5: Derrick Tang
      Sep 3: Katarina Von Kuhn

      As of October 6, 2022, $12,520 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

  • Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
    (Fall 2022: Sept 21, 28, Oct 12)

  • Chess 102 -Chess Tactics
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Fall 2022: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9)

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