Five Disciplines of Chess: TACTICS Lesson

Five Disciplines of Chess: TACTICS Lesson

Over the last couple weeks, I've been streaming a series of videos on Kickstarter Live covering The Five Disciplines of Chess. I saved my favorite for last--TACTICS! 

In this lesson, I introduce students to some of the key tactical tools in the chessplayer's toolbox: forks, pins, skewers, discovered check, discovered attacks and more. This is a fun lesson and I hope you (and your kids/students) enjoy it!

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Five Disciplines of Chess: ENDGAME Lesson

Five Disciplines of Chess: ENDGAME Lesson

Last week, I streamed a lesson on Endgames, the fourth of my lessons on the Five Disciplines of Chess. Endgames are tricky... late in the game, the focus of the chess player must shift from defeating their opponent by checkmate or gaining a material advantage to USING their remaining pieces (hopefully with more of them left then their opponent!) to support his or her pawn's march to the other side of the board. 

I cover some pretty important fundamentals on endgame pawn structures in this lesson--plus end with one of my favorite positions to show my students. It's a position with two kings, two pawns and a VERY important lesson!

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Five Disciplines of Chess: STRATEGY Lesson

Five Disciplines of Chess: STRATEGY Lesson

Last week, I streamed a lesson on Strategy, the third of my lessons on the Five Disciplines of Chess. Of all the disciplines of chess, Strategy might be the one with the most real life benefits. So, improving at Strategy in chess won't just help you win more games, but also help you tremendously in school, work and pretty much every other aspect of life!

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Five Disciplines of Chess: DEFENSE Lesson

Five Disciplines of Chess: DEFENSE Lesson

On Monday, I streamed a lesson on DEFENSE, the second of the Five Disciplines of Chess. This is an often neglected discipline amongst newer students. In this lesson, I talk about what you should look for whenever you're in check -- can you take the checking piece, block the check, move the king? And, if so, which is the best option?

Join me on Kickstarter Live this Thursday night (6:30pm Pacific) for another lesson!

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Five Disciplines of Chess: CHECKMATE Lesson

Five Disciplines of Chess: CHECKMATE Lesson

Last week, I streamed a lesson on CHECKMATE, the first of the Five Disciplines of Chess. This is always a favorite lesson for my newer students! In it, I cover what I call "In-Your-Face Mate," "In-Your-Cheek Mate," and "In-Your-EAR Mate," plus the classic Back-Rank Mate and Smothered Mate.

Join me on Kickstarter Live tonight (6:30pm Pacific) for another lesson!

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The First Lesson I Teach Every Beginner Class

The First Lesson I Teach Every Beginner Class

I often get asked, "how do you introduce a kid to chess when there is SO MUCH they need to learn?" It's not just parents that ask me--I've trained many coaches with the same question!

At first, I would jump right in and teach all the pieces and then go back and practice each piece with them. Over time, I learned that teaching a piece, focusing on it until they mastered it and THEN moving onto the next piece helped students to retain the knowledge better... but I still felt that they could sometimes struggle with it, because they didn't realize the "big picture" until far too late.

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Tonight at 6pm PST, Join me on Kickstarter Live for a Lesson on Checkmate​​​​​​​

Tonight I'm starting a series of video lessons on The Five Disciplines of Chess over on Kickstarter Live. The first lesson is probably the one new players are most excited about: CHECKMATE!

So head on over to our Coach Jay's Chess Academy Kickstarter page and hit subscribe, so you'll be notified when we go live! AND, of course, if you have any questions, submit them before hand so I can make sure to answer them for you!

I'm EXCITED to announce that Coach Jay's Chess Academy is now available for PREORDER on Kickstarter!

I've spent 23+ years teaching over 35,000 kids to play chess. Over that time, I've developed and refined my curriculum, and if I don't say so myself, I think it works pretty darn well!

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I've received literally hundreds of requests from parents and coaches (and former students who've moved away and now want to teach THEIR kids) for a way to get my curriculum, but until now it's been limited to use just within my classes and those of a handful of other coaches.

But now, after years of work, I've managed to adapt my curriculum so that it is usable at home or in the class by ANYONE, whether or not they've ever touched a chess board before!

I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think! Check it out here on Kickstarter!

OR, watch the video below (including my best attempt at "acting"!)

BOSTON GLOBE: The real reason why the US is falling behind in math

BOSTON GLOBE: The real reason why the US is falling behind in math

Today on Twitter, I saw a repost of a 2015 article from the Boston Globe titled The Real Reason Why the US is Falling Behind in Math and it mirrored what I've heard from more than a few math teachers at schools where I teach. We live in a fascinating time where calculators and computers can do calculations far more quickly and with more accuracy than any human mind, but we still (rightfully!) want to make sure that our kids grow up with a basic understanding of math. 

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Hi, I'm Coach Jay and Here's What's Coming Next!

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Welcome to Coach Jay's Chess Academy! Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Coach Jay and have taught over 35,000 kids to play chess. Over that time, I've learned a LOT and have now decided to try to take some of what I've learned and pass it on to you! Whether you are parent, coach or student, I am certain you'll find something useful here in the coming weeks.

For Parents:

I'm wrapping up my first book, How to Teach Your Kid Chess which you can find under the "Parents Resources" section of this website or at TeachYourKidChess.com. It will be available on Amazon and everywhere you find books soon, but in the meantime, I'm giving away 1000 copies, so make sure to download a copy for yourself and pass the link on to any other parents whose children you think need to learn to play this great game!

Additionally, I'm in the process of gathering many of the tools that can help you as a chess parent under the "For Parents" tab at the top of this page. In the next couple weeks, you'll begin to see this section fleshed out with:

  • A free copy of the e-book How to Teach Your Kid Chess for the the first 1000 chess parents who claim it
  • A local chess coach and club directory (UPDATE: it's currently live!)
  • Worksheets and lessons that you can use with your kids
  • A number of research materials related to the benefits of chess
  • EARLY ACCESS to my upcoming course Coach Jay's Chess Academy, an adaptation of the complete curriculum that I use in my classes
  • AND a list of helpful links to outside resources that every chess parent should know about

For Coaches:

I've been in your shoes for 23+ years and I know the challenges that come along with the joy and excitement of empowering youth to grow through chess. I've found tricks, systems, processes and resources that have helped me immensely over the years and I want to pass them on to you!

Over the next few weeks, you'll see the "For Coaches" section start to fill up with free resources such:

  • A place to add yourself or your club to my Find a Coach or Club directory (UPDATE: It's currently live--find the link under the "For Coaches" tab up top!)
  • Best practices I've developed over the years for building your program
  • Useful templates for forms, proposals, flyers, etc.
  • Tournament documents for tournaments ranging from small quads to large state championships like the annual SoCal Superstates Championship I've run for years
  • Tips to managing classes of all sizes and ages
  • Lessons, worksheets and games you can use with your students

My new Coach Jay's Chess Academy Course

I'm extremely excited to soon be launching a Kickstarter for my Coach Jay's Chess Academy course! It's everything I teach in my classes, but adapted for use at home. I'm proud of this--I've developed this curriculum over 23+ years and it's been tested and refined on over 35,000 students.

Here's a sneak peek at the video for the Kickstarter launching September 12th.

 

Thank You

I've met hundreds of coaches over my career and I can't tell you how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. For years, many of you have been asking me to make my curriculum available (some of you even have convinced me to print copies on my home printer for you!) and I'm excited to finally be able to provide this for you.

My passion is empowering youth to grow through chess. It's the mission statement of my non-profit California Youth Chess League. That's why I want to give away as many resources as possible. For every parent or coach who downloads and uses any of my resources, that's at least one child who will discover the joys of chess. I hope my legacy will be one of bringing the game of chess, and many, many young minds, to life!

I'll CHECK you later!

Coach Jay