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Hamden Chess Club:

Hamden Chess Club (HCC) is an affiliate (#A6054128) of US Chess that meets at the Play More Chess Academy for casual play, tournaments and special events.

As of December 31, 2020 the club membership consists of has 49 regular community members and 95 current enrolled chess students.

Club members have access to Play More Chess Academy to play casual games during open hours and receive invitations to movie nights and other special events which they can attend at no extra charge. Additionally HCC members may play the online tournaments each week at no additional cost.

HCC Membership dues:

  • Scholastic (K-12 & College) and Seniors (65+):
    12 Months: $80 (Best Value - $6.66/month)
    ; or six months: $55 ($9/mo)

  • Regular Adult Membership:
    12 Months: $100 (Best Value - $8.33/mo);
    or six months: $60 ($10/month)

HCC community members, including currently enrolled Play More Chess Academy students, may join the Hamden Chess Club on the Lichess.org platform and play chess casually with each other and also participate in our weekly online club tournaments for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players.

After a five month suspension for Covid-19, Adult Casual Play has resumed on Mondays with mask-wearing, limited building capacity and other Covid-19 precautions. We meet Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm (except federal holidays, and on Mondays when we have a scheduled in-person tournament). Note that the 3rd Monday of the month is usually an adult (high school age and up) in-person tournament. It requires pre-registration and has a discounted entry fee for HCC community members.

COVID-19 safety protocols are in place: Masks required, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes readily available; reduced building capacity plexiglass sneeze guards, social distancing and other safety protocols in place.

COVID-19 Membership Extentions: HCC members who joined for the in-person, Over-the-Board play and comraderie and were current members as of March 15, 2020 will have their membership period automatically extended five months through August 15, 2020!


Hamden Online Tournaments
Tournaments are usually Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. A $20 prize, (usually an Amazon gift card) goes to the first place winner for tournaments that have at least four HCC participants. If there are less than four participants no prize will be awarded. Must be a HCC member in good standing or currently enrolled Play More Chess Academy student to receive a prize.

Upcoming online tournaments are listed here: https://lichess.org/team/hamden-chess-club

To participate in a tournament, first join the Hamden Chess Club. Then set up a free account on lichess.org. Request to join the HCC online club by sending your real name (for verification of HCC membership or current student status), as well as your lichess.org username. Once you are verified as an HCC member you will be able to join any of our online tournaments and be eligible to win a tournament prize.


Hamden In-Person Tournaments
Sign up for upcoming in-person OTB tournaments by visiting the Sign Up page.


Tournament History
List of past Tournament First Place Winners (PDF)


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