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The fastest, easisest, MOST FUN way to learn chess! From the coach who's taught over 35,000 kids to play chess.
The fastest, easiest, MOST FUN way to learn chess! From the coach who's taught over 35,000 kids to play chess in the past 23+ years. You're never too young (or old!) to begin to reap the lifelong benefits that only chess can bring!
The fastest, easiest, MOST FUN way to learn chess! From the coach who's taught over 35,000 kids to play chess in the past 23+ years. You're never too young (or old!) to begin to reap the lifelong benefits that only chess can bring!
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      KW 6 days ago

      Hi Coach,

      Thanks for responding. Will you be notifying us or providing a tracking number when you ship overseas orders? I’d like to know so I can keep an eye out for my order. Thanks.

    2. Michael D. Hensley
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      Got mine a few days ago! It is even better than I expected -- great job! I'm really glad I was able to support the project!

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      Keith Hall
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      No problem.

    4. Coach Jay Creator on

      Hi all, I apologize for the delay in responding. I (Kyle) just got back from vacation and Jay has been swamped between multiple weeks of chess camps and his son's wedding (the reception was at his home, so things were extra crazy!)

      @Keith Hall and @KW - The international orders will go out by the end of the month. We sent a partial order to all US based backers, but due to the weight, we discovered that breaking shipments up into two orders means that doing two shipments would end up costing more, in many cases, than the total price you paid. In fact, we will be losing money on every international order even with a single shipment, but we are committed to honoring these orders--you trusted us and believed in us and we are excited to get these books into your hands!

      @Tony - Thanks for the assist! :)

      @Fess - The Purple, Blue and Black levels will be shipping by end of month. I know it's been quite the delay... it seems that every step of the way, there is a new unanticipated "wrinkle" we've walked into, most recently paper availability--because we are using a higher than typical quality paper (we know how much abuse kids can dish out!), we learned that we need to have given our printer more of a heads up so that they were ready for us.

      @Lisa Galligan - The second wave of PDF's should be sent out in the next couple weeks. We spotted a few last minute corrections in chess camps, so our layout artist is updating those before we send those out.

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      Tony on

      @Keith Hall @fess
      Hi guys. I backed the full set and have got my first download (White to Green). Have you attempted logging on to BackerKit? That's where my download was initially and was still there when I checked a couple of days ago to see if the second download was available yet.

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      Keith Hall
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      White to black, also received nothing. It's the lack of communication that's the problem. Kickstarters are often late but radio silence is always a little worrying.

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      fess
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      @Keith Hall - what level pledge did you back at? The last update in June stated that only White to Green were shipping. Since i made the mistake of backing the complete set (White to Black) because that would seem to be the logical choice, and the hard copy pledge at that and not the digital ones, i am still waiting for news when Coach Jay will be getting round to getting those printed! Its July now and if i have to wait another 2-3 months my nephew, whom i had hoped to teach Chess "properly" would be starting school already and he won't have as much free time as he has currently. So there goes a perfectly planned attempt to introduce a child to Chess. I should just have gone to the bookstore and found whatever kids book was available at the time and used that instead of patiently waiting for my "bundle" of joy! Actually there weren't any at the time but since the time of backing this KS things have pleasantly changed at my local bookstore. Maybe when my KS finally does arrive i can plan to use it for his brother and sister who are going to be two and one respectively by December!

    8. Lisa Galligan on

      Any word on the second wave of PDF books?

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      Keith Hall
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      Hello silence my old friend.....

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      KW on

      Yes, any estimate on when it will be sent to NZ. Will there be an email or tracking number.

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      Keith Hall
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      Any estimate on delivery times to the U.K.? Thanks

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      WLG on

      What a pleasant surprise to find a package from Coach Jay in the mailbox on June 19!
      It was a LONG wait. I'm excited to get my granddaughter started on the program ASAP.

    13. Lisa Galligan on

      I received link for download but am having trouble getting it to work. Will have to try again on a pc I guess.

    14. HobbitMama
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      any news for the digital only backers?

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      Andrew Berrie on

      Have to say I'm a little worried too. Whilst I'm used to kickstarters being delayed, usually this is accompanied by regular communication.

      I'm also concerned about the lack of clarity on the pdf versions and why we have to wait for these to be 'shipped'.

      Would really appreciate regular updates, even if they were short.

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      Nicole Sosa on

      Yup I’m also wondering too...

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      Keith Hall
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      I'll second that.

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      Sandro Salazar on

      Hello. Any update about the project? Really would appreciate any update.

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      Keith Hall
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      Ok I'm happy again. Thanks.

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      Keith Hall
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      It's official, I'm getting worried about how this projects going. I've backed a few over the years & when a creator goes silent it's never a good sign.

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      Nicole Sosa on

      Any updates? Have they been shipped? When can we expect to receive it?

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      KW on

      Last update said shipping at end of March. Any update since it’s the end of March?

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      Kat
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      When should PDF backers expect to receive their product? Are you waiting until you send the packages or is it as soon as you have the files ready?

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      fess
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      In October i was quite pleased to note that the KS delivery was in December. This i thot would be a good time to spend some time with my 6 y.o nephew to try and get into him chess again. Then it became January 2018. Then it was announced shipping by March! 3 days in and yet no updates since January and i begin to wonder. So if there aren't any new updates i might be tempted to take up the offer to email them directly and pull the plug. 3 months isn't that long really but on the other KS that i backed which were delayed i could afford to wait but this is one that i really wanted in my hands last December.

    25. Maximilian Franckenstein
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      any update?

    26. HobbitMama
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      Would love an update...

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      KW on

      Hi, I need to change my delivery address due to the delays. How do I do that ?

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      Tim Wyatt on

      Yep as per comment on the update - delays happen, extra content is awesome. Thanks for the update Kyle

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      Keith Hall
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      Only a small delay, I can live with that. Thanks.

    30. Kyle Sellers Collaborator on

      Tim, Keith and Nicole, I apologize for not answering sooner. Unfortunately, due to hitting our stretch goal, we've added a significant amount of content... and have had a delay in getting some of our new art (and the new layouts that are dependent upon this art). Because of these delays, we confirmed this weekend that we won't have a printing window until January, so we won't make it in time for Christmas.

      Please read our latest update and feel free to email us and I'll see if there's anything we can do to accommodate you.

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      Nicole Sosa on

      Any updates on when this will ship? :-)

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      Keith Hall
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      Can we expect delivery in time for Christmas? Thanks.

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      Tim Wyatt on

      Hi team - are kits still on track to be shipped early December? I'm in Australia, and was hoping to receive my 2 kits in time for the kid's xmas :) Cheers

    34. Michael D. Hensley
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      Congratulations! I think this is a very worthy project. Great work!

    35. Coach Jay Creator on

      Michael, the first stretch goal (which we expect to make!) is for additional lessons and puzzles added to the books. We’re going to stream some lessons from this additional content tomorrow, so you’ll get a sneak peek!

    36. Lisa Galligan on

      Michael I am sure they will get back to you shortly but the first stretch goal at 25k is additional content in the puzzle book.

      This looks soooo good and we are over 90% to that goal. I hope we make it!

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      Michael Yenik on

      Jay, congratulations on progress so far, well-deserved. What is your first stretch goal?

    38. Martin Euredjian on

      Absolutely thrilled to see Coach Jay on Kickstarter. We are fortunate enough to have him teaching at our local schools. He has been teaching my kids for the last twelve years or so, in fact, they have class with him tomorrow afternoon. This is probably the first non-tech project on Kickstarter I've supported in years. Chess can be great for kids if learned in the proper context. This is a fantastic method.

      Congrat's Coach Jay on a successful campaign!

    39. Coach Jay Creator on

      Whoops, I replied on my phone and it autocorrected, STEPHEN!

    40. Coach Jay Creator on

      Stephanie, it absolutely does include them!

    41. Stephen E Brown
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      Does the White through Black Belt DIGITAL PACK come with pdfs of the Parent/Coach’s Guide and
      Answer Key? If not is it possible to get them as add ons?

    42. Coach Jay Creator on

      Wow, we just broke $15k. So humbled, but also excited for a whole bunch of kids who'll soon be learning to play chess!

      Thank you everyone so much!

    43. Obscure Reference Games
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      Go go go! We're almost there!