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Coach Jay’s Commitment

In late 1993, Michel (my wife) suggested that I teach chess to kids since I knew chess and enjoyed coaching soccer. It sounded like fun, and so this journey began. Every year, we try to improve what we offer to the families in our program.

It is my pledge that I will always try my best to help your children become better people by improving their thinking skills, study skills, sportsmanship, etiquette, and awareness of the others in their world.

Why Chess?

Research studies have proven that kids who play chess improve their standardized test scores in Math AND English! Chess improves logic, critical thinking skills, confidence in problem-solving, and patience. Additionally, chess provides a level playing field that allows all kinds of children to come together in a non-threatening environment. Chess is a game you can play your whole life!

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California Youth Chess League (CYCL) is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission of “Empowering Youth to Grow Through Chess”.

Founder and Director Jay Stallings is ranked as an Expert with the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

CYCL was founded as a non-profit in March of 1996, and since that time has taught chess to tens of thousands of children in and around the Santa Clarita Valley.

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