An enriching & educational chess program
on Boston’s South Shore open to all ages & skill levels!


Our Club

The Hingham Chess Club (HCC) was founded by Kay Praschma and Laura Donnelly in February 2017. Their vision was to provide an enriching chess program that would become an educational and community asset to Hingham and surrounding communities.

In 2018, the HCC moved from the Hingham Public Library to our new home at the Second Parish on Main Street in Hingham. Additionally, the Hingham Chess Academy was created, which is now a permanent program of the Club. The academy offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced chess lessons to players of all ages.

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Our Chess Master

HCC’s Chess Master Farzad Abdi is a nationally ranked player, having reached the level of National Chess Master. He is the past New England Champion and the 2017 runner-up in the Massachusetts Championship.

“Beyond the game, the principles behind chess become subconsciously woven into every aspect of life from personal discipline, to decision making, to maintaining your composure even under the most difficult or daunting circumstances. There are countless studies of the educational, behavioral and cognitive benefits of learning chess.”
— Farzad Abdi

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Our Philosophy

“The true joy of chess is that there is no end to how great you can be.”
Chess Master Farzad Abdi


Give a child a toy, and he’ll play for a day.
Teach a child chess and he’ll play for a lifetime.


Happy Parents & Kids

“This is a wonderfully engaging and fun program. My son looks forward to learning from Chess Master Farzad each week. I am so impressed with how much he has already learned in just a few weeks!”


“The classes are amazing. We usually spend the ride home talking about the lesson, and the cool ways Chess Master Farzad relates chess to every day life. If you can participate I highly recommend it!”


Rave Reviews

“My 7 year old twins loved their first chess lesson! The chess master patiently taught them the moves and now they are obsessed with chess!”