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Rod Groff, Founder/Chess Coach
Play More Chess Academy
was founded in 2011 by Rod Groff to promote the game of chess in Hamden and New Haven, CT.

Rod Groff teaches chess to all ages in Hamden, CT and surrounding areas and has over 30 years of experience playing chess, both casually and competitively. He is a Certified Chess Coach and Certified Club Tournament Director with the United States Chess Federation.

Play More Chess Academy
Our programs offer students from kindergarten through adult a chance to learn about chess. We teach all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players. Since 2011, Play More Chess has offered after-school and in-school enrichment chess programs for schools in New Haven County.

In total over 5,000 children and adults have participated in classes, private lessons and chess events offered by Play More Chess Academy since it was founded in 2011 and over 100 students participate in classes, lessons and other events on a weekly basis.

Hamden Chess Club is an official affiliate of US Chess that meets at the chess academy for casual play, tournaments and special events. Club members receive discounted rates on tournament and special events registration and can play casual games at the chess academy during any open hours.

Hours:

Day of Week

Hours*

Mon
11:00pm-4:00pm
Tue
11:00am -4:00pm
Wed

11:00am-4:00pm

Thu
11:00am-4:00pm
Fri
By Appointment Only
Sat
11:00am-2:00pm
Sun
By Appointment Only
*Additionally we are open during late afternoon/evening hours for Classes, Lessons, Casual Play, Tournaments and Appointments. To confirm hours or item availability please email: info@PlayMoreChess.com.

*2020 Holiday and Other Closures:
-Jan 1, 2020 (New Year's Day)
-Jan 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Day)
-Feb 17, 2020 (President's Day)
-Apr 12, 2020 (Easter)
-May 10, 2020 (Mother's Day)
-June 21, 2020 (Father's Day)
-July 4, 2020 (Independence Day)
-August 3 - Saturday, August 8, 2020 (August Break)
-September 7, 2020 (Labor Day)
-October 12, 2020 (Columbus / Indigenous People's Day)
-November 26-29, 2020 (Thanksgiving)
-December 25-27, 2020 (Christmas)

Location:
Play More Chess Academy and Hamden Chess Club
1227 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

 

Map/Directions:

Email:
info@PlayMoreChess.com


Chess Store:
We have 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!

Age/Skill Level for Classes:
Studio classes are designed for students ages 5-13. The curriculum used accommodates students from beginner to advanced levels. Progress for each students is tracked allowing students to move at their own pace within each level.

Adult classes are offered each semester through the Hamden/North Haven Adult Education Program and are taught at the Play More Chess Academy location. Classes are offered for both beginning students (Chess 101); and more advanced students (Chess Tactics).


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Email: info@PlayMoreChess.com | Phone: 203.680.0657 | Hamden, CT