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  • Feb 29 - change in hours: Play More Chess Academy will be closed Sat. Feb 29. There will not be classes/lessons as it is the fifth Sat of the month. Students are encouraged to sign up for the 4th Annual Greater New Haven Scholastic Champtionship.

  • Feb Kids' Tourn (Friday, Feb 21). See info and sign up links below.

  • Ribbon Cutting at our new location! Join the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce and Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng in celebrating our new location. Free refreshments! (Friday, March 27 @ 12 Noon)

  • Congrats to Play More Chess Academy student Sarvin Bhagwagar for placing first in the Scholastic Section of West Hartford Camp and Tournament on February 1st.

  • Congrats to Beatrice Low for taking clear first at the 2020 Connecticut State Girls' Chess Championship at Play More Chess Academy on Jan 19.

  • Congrats to Coach Jordan Groff for taking clear first at the 2020 Greater Hartford Open on January 18 in Coventry, CT and placing 20th in the individual standings at the 2019 Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship on Dec 27-30 in Charlotte, NC.

  • Our New Location and Chess Programs were featured in The Daily Nutmeg (Dec. 11, 2019).

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

Kids' Chess Challenge Tournaments:
Jan 2020 Brayden Wang, Asher Luszcz (3x)
, Lexin Yuan, Zeke Sundstrom, Samir Lydroose, Wyelin Newell, Thushitha Gaduputi, Sarvin Bhagwagar, Shan Kerr, Vedanta Bhargava, Kyle Smith, Nigel Smith, Kushagra Bhargava

Adult Chess (3rd Monday Quad 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 18, 2020 over $1,541 has been distributed in cash and prizes at the adult and kids tournaments. Come join us next month!


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. Next Kids' Tournament is Friday, February 21, 2020
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. The next Adult Chess Quad Tournament is Monday, March 16, 2020
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 (Winter/Spring 2020 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.
Course #2819 - Register at hamdenadulted.org Five weeks, (Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning Monday, February 3, 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.
Course #2841 - Register at hamdenadulted.org Five weeks, (Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020).

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


Opportunities for Casual Play:
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 couple visits are free to attend. After the first two casual play visits a Hamden Chess Club membership is required.


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