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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. He is a USCF 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 chess and improve their chess skills. We teach all ability levels, from beginners to advanced players. Since 2011, we have offered after-school and in-school enrichment chess programs at 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 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. The club has a permanent home at Play More Chess Academy and meets weekly for casual play. Tournaments are special events for kids and adults are held on a regular basis. In addition to scheduled events, HCC members can meet up with friends and play chess during open hours.

Store Hours:

Day of Week

Hours*

Mon
11:00pm-4:00pm, 6:30pm-8:30pm
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

*Additional hours for Classes, Lessons, Appointments and Special Events. 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. Our curriculum guides 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-Chess for Beginners); and more advanced students (Chess 102 - Chess Tactics).


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