Hamden Chess Club


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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.


* Please note that any changes from the hours posted below for Holidays, weather closures, pandemics, etc. will be posted at the top of the home page under the News section: Thank you.

Day of Week

Daytime Hours*

Evening Hours*
6:00pm to 9:00pm | Adult Classes; Adult Tournaments as listed; Adult Casual Play
11:00am -2:00pm
5:00pm-6:30pm | Kids' Studio Classes


4:00pm-7:30pm | Kids' Studio Classes
4:00pm-6:30pm | Kids' Studio Classes
By Appointment Only
Special Events | Kids Tournaments as listed
Special Events | Tournaments
Closed - By Appointment Only
Closed - By Appointment Only
Note: Studio is open for playing casual chess games during any of the above hours (in an adjacent area, if a class is in session).

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




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: | Phone: 203.680.0657 | Hamden, CT