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News and Upcoming Events:

  • Hamden Chess Club - While we can't meet in person at the moment, HCC community members, including current chess students, can join the new Hamden Chess Club platforms on Lichess.org (https://lichess.org/team/hamden-chess-club) and Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/club/hamden-chess-club) and play chess with each other and participate in online tournaments.

  • Online Studio Classes for Kids
    • Until the risk of COVID-19 transmission subsides, classes are only offered in an online format.
    • Studio classes are limited to eight students and are offered on Zoom. Same format as in-person classes - topical puzzles, video clip and discussion each week, as well as topical workbook to guide studies.
    • Thanks to our 75 current students who have continued classes in online format. New students have signed up in March for online classes and community members are joining the HCC for the first time.
    • Any current student whose parent loses his or her job can continue with their online classes at no cost.

  • Additional Classes & Lesson times offered: A new Beginner-Pawn class has been created for Tuesdays, 4:15pm-5:15pm. Additional Online Individual lesson times have been added on: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (30 min or 45 min lessons)

  • Casual Play and Tournaments
    Please join the Hamden Chess Club and then play chess with us on our Lichess.org platform and/or our Chess.com platform. Until we are able to meet in person to play Over-the-Board, we will be have online tournaments every Monday at 6:30PM. Members can also play casually at anytime.
    In-person casual play will resume as soon as the risk of COVID-19 transmission subsides.

  • Event Cancellations: Due to the COVID-19 threat, the following in-person events have been canceled:
    • Monday, March 16 Adult Quad Tourn (Canceled)
    • Friday, March 20 Kids Quad Tourn (Canceled)
    • Monday, March 23-May 4 Chess 102- Chess Tactics for adults (Canceled)
    • Friday, March 27 Ribbon Cutting/Open House at new location (Canceled)

  • Our New Location and Chess Programs were recently featured in The Daily Nutmeg.

Congratulations:
Congratulations to our recent 1st Place Winners (most recent month's winners in Bold):

HCC Online Tournaments:
March 2020: Todd Kearns

Kids' Chess Challenge Tournaments:

Feb 2020: Asher Luszcz (4x),
Kyle Smith (2x), Ben Paquin; Brayden Wang, Lexin Yuan, Zeke Sundstrom, Samir Lydroose, Wyelin Newell, Thushitha Gaduputi, Sarvin Bhagwagar, Shan Kerr, Vedanta Bhargava, Nigel Smith, Kushagra Bhargava

Adult Chess Tournaments:
Feb 2020: Hector Perez, Jose Riofrio, Bill Yellig (2x);
Todd Kearns, Mohamed Abdelrhaman, Richard Garango, Jordan Groff, Gary Stewart, Daniel Li, Mark Yampolsky, Jacob Ayala, Sr., Harold Wenger, David Lewis (6x),
Bud Johnson, Jonathan Westphal, Wyn Veiga (4x), Brian Schlosser, Filippo Santoro, Sarvin Bhagwagar, Jarrod Anderson

As of Feb 22, 2020 over $1,610 has been distributed in cash and prizes at the adult and kids tournaments. Come join us next month!


Opportunities for Casual Play:
Over-the-Board, In-Person play is currently suspended and will resume when risks of COVID-19 transmission subside. HCC members are currently playing casual chess and tournaments
through the new Hamden Chess Club platforms on Lichess.org (https://lichess.org/team/hamden-chess-club) and Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/club/hamden-chess-club)

When OTB play resumes:
Chess Players can meet up and play games during any open hours in designated casual playing areas. If a class is in session in the classroom area the casual games must not interfere. Children (12 and under) must have an adult present unless they are enrolled in a class.

Mondays (6:30-8:30pm) are the primary casual play time for adults (high school age and older). No registration required, the first two visits are free to attend. After the first two casual play visits a Hamden Chess Club membership is required.

Note that the 3rd Monday of each month is usually reserved for a tournament (not casual play). Tournaments DO require advance registration.


Chess Classes for Kids (K-8th)
Enrollment is open and ongoing for Kids' Chess Classes. Initial sign up/commitment is for four weeks (one month), plus chess workbook. Students continuing beyond the initial sign up period do so on a month-to-month basis. Classes meet one hour per week. Please see the Classes page and Sign Up page for more info regarding class curriculum and schedule options (days/times) and online registration.

 



Kids' Chess Quad Tournament (3rd Friday Quads):

What: Kids' Chess Challenges are held most months on the 3rd Friday evening. They are three-game quad tournaments for students of any level. Students are grouped into round-robin quads according to skill/experience. Participants learn to play using chess clocks and can practice recording the moves in their games. Time control/format: Game/20, +3 sec delay. (Each player has 20 min to make their moves so each of the three games/rounds can last up to 40 minutes). Free cookies/drink in the kitchen area. Participants can bring a water bottle. Only water bottle is allowed in playing area. Space is limited, please register early.
Who:
Ages 5-13 (Kids are grouped according to skill/rating)
Prizes:
Winner in each quad can choose to receive a trophy or cash prize. 2nd-4th places receive choice of chess medals or other prizes.


Dates:
3rd Fridays of most months. Upcoming 2020 dates listed on Sign Up page.
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT
Register: To Register for the next Chess Challenge for Kids go to the Sign Up page. Early bird (Two or more days early) Entry fee is $20. One day prior registration is $22.50. Same day Registration is $25.00. Please register early as space is limited. Registration closes when space is full or at 6:00PM on day of tournament, whichever comes first.



Adult Chess Quad Tournament:

What: 3rd Monday Adult Chess Quad Tournament - This monthly quad tournament is our regular for adults (high school age and older). Brush up on your chess skills in a friendly, casual, mini-tournament environment. Time control/format: Game/20, +3 sec delay. (Each player has 20 min to make their moves so each of the three games/rounds can last up to 40 minutes). Elo club-rated games (not USCF). 4-person round-robin quads (3 games), grouped by rating. One 6-player Swiss section if necessary, with additional 2nd place prize. Drinks and other refreshments available. Space is limited, please register early.
Who: Any adult (high school age or older)
Prizes: Cash Prize ($30 for Winner in each quad).
Date: 3rd Monday of each Month.
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT
Register: To Register for a Hamden Adult Chess Night go to the Sign Up page. Registration closes when space is full or at 6:00PM on day of tournament, whichever comes first.


Hamden Adult Education Chess Courses:

Course Title: Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
Description: This class is designed for true beginners to the game of chess. You will learn/review all the basics, from the names of the pieces,how they move, how they capture, how to keep pieces safe, and of course, the ultimate object of the game - checkmate! A complete description is listed in the HAE course catalog. Next Session: Fall 2020

Course Title: Chess 102 - Chess Tactics
Description: This class is designed for students who are familiar with chess basic rules and ready to take ther game to the next level by focusing on tactics. A complete description is listed in the HAE course catalog. Next Session: Fall 2020.

Register for next Adult Classes through Hamden Adult Education: hamdenadulted.org

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

 


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Play More Chess Academy
1227 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
Email: info@PlayMoreChess.com | Phone: 203.680.0657