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Name: Kishore Satkuri

My Son Viraat Satkuri (3rd grade) is in ChessKidsNation from last two years and has been enjoying and doing really well in chess. Thanks to coach Balagee for creating lovely learning environment and his commitment is evident in the latest kids standings in AL scholastic chess championship. We can’t be appreciative enough to have Viraat in CKN.

Name: Nora Farris

ChessKidsNation helped me become a better chess player and build great friendships. This club also helped me find and prepare for tournaments.

Name: Quyen Vu Ying

Micah Ying is in 2nd grade and he is playing chess for ChessKidsNation since August 2019.  Micah was overjoyed when he was selected to play in the Alabama State Championship.

It’s been amazing to witness Micah’s growth ever since he started taking lessons from Coach Balagee and playing for ChessKidsNation (CKN). As a young player, he appreciates seeing how the other CKN players demonstrate great sportsmanship and cheer each out on. It really inspires him to continue learning and grow in his love for chess.


Name: Akinyemi Ojesina

My son Mokun Ojesina is in 7th grade and he is playing chess for the last 5 years. Mokun is very excited to play for ChessKidsNation Team in Alabama State Championship. ChessKidsNation is Very Fun and Educational.

Name: Baskar Raj

My son Sam Baskarraj is in 7th grade at Pizitz Middle School, Vestavia Hills. He has been playing chess for the past 4 years, started learning chess at ChessKidsNation. Coach Balagee is an amazing coach. Coach Balagee put lot of effort in preparing students for tournaments, particularly Scholastic State Championship, encourage them to play and analyze their games so that they can perform good in the tournaments.  We are happy to be part of ChessKidsNation.

Name: Archana Vaidya

My older son Kapil has been playing since 1st grade (11 years) and my younger son Krish has been playing since kindergarten (7 years). Both kids play because chess makes them feel excited, challenging and think logically and this State tourney brought back the same feeling that they were missing due to the pandemic. Getting placed in the tourney was just an amazing and glorious feeling for them. Both my children learnt the very basics like the names of the chess pieces, setting up the board etc through ChessKidsNation (CKN).

CKN taught them a game that keeps their mind sharp and makes them think beyond. CKN’s coaches are very dedicated and committed and have the ability to bring the best out of the kids and make the students strive for more success.

To be precise, CKN is the club that produces champions in chess. If your child wants to be a winner, CKN is the place to go!!!

Name: Pritesh Patel

Both of my sons Dev (6th grader) and Ved (2nd grader) are ChessKidsNation students since about two years. During this period, they have developed their passion for Chess under Coach Balagee’s excellent coaching and guidance. As part of the ChessKidsnation team, they enjoy participating in several weekly and monthly tournaments. They both are recently placed in AL Scholastic Chess Championship and I couldn’t thank Coach Balagee and his coaches enough for their coaching and guidance.

Name: Rohini Prathivadi

My son Raghavan Madabushi (8th grader) is ChessKidsNation for the last several years. He has played chess for 6 years now. He feels good about getting placed in AL Scholastic Chess Championship and he is excited to play in the Play off for the Barber Championship. ChessKidsNation motivates several kids to start playing this amazing game which helps them in all aspects of life. ChessKidsNation Coaches are amazing and are very dedicated, committed coaches.

Name: Cesar Juarez

When you have kids growing up in that age called adolescence, it is very difficult to find an activity that can captivate their attention and goals. Coach Balagee has taught my son, not only to have self control of himself, he learnt a new passion and interest in his life. We have been participating in different tournaments and the dedication, interest and compromise of his coach has been always above expectations. If you want your child to learn something for the rest of his/her life, give them the opportunity to play chess at ChessKidsNation and you will realize of all the potential hidden in the mind. ”

Name: Dee Nance, Superintendent of Hoover Parks

ChessKidsNation’s Chess program is a first for the Recreation Center. When people think of parks and recreation, they often think of athletics. But “not everybody’s athletic, and ChessKidsNation Chess Program might reach a whole group of people we haven’t been serving.”

Name: Rakhi Mukherjee

Chess was completely new to my 8-year-old daughter, Urmi Roy, when she started learning from Govindan last year, but today Urmi enjoys chess and often plays on her own online. Urmi’s concentration has improved since she began to play, and best of all, she watches less television.

Name: Dr.Neeraj Verma

My son Atreya, a 10-year-old student at Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills, has been learning from Govindan for a year and a half and has traveled to tournaments in Huntsville, Montgomery and other cities as part of Govindan’s chess team. “You name it, we have been there,” Through chess, Atreya’s analytical skills have improved, along with his concentration and “an ability to read between the lines and look into things, and think four to five steps ahead,”

Name: Andre Duras Francois Philifdor

Before I knew chess, I was ignorant, doltish; before I knew chess, people shunned me like a corpse in the street; before I knew chess, instead of chess, I would play video games–and despair–despair of life, of friends, of happiness, of God. But, after I started to play chess, my grades in school improved from F’s to A’s. After I started to play chess, people started to llike, admire, trust me. After I started to play chess, I threw away my game cube and gave glory to God for the exhiliration of existence and for such a wonderful, beautiful game! In the Chesskidsnation I have found the competition, the friendship, the support that I lacked in my former revelries. For your support I give thanks first to Heaven, but then to you. Thank You for such an astonishing chess program of power!

Name: Gaurav Bansal

Dhruv stood 1st (6 rounds K3) in Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation (WSCF) Tournament held in Sheboygan Jan 28th by winning all 6 games. He stood 3rd (6 rounds K3 division) in WSCF Tournament held in Glendale (Milwaukee), Wisconsin on 4th Feb by scoring 4.5 out of possible 6 points. He stood 4th (6 rounds K3) in WSCF Tournament held in Kohler, Wisconsin on 11th Feb by scoring 4.5 out of possible 6 points. Here’s the update on Ashna Bansal’s performance: She stood 4th (6 rounds K6 division) in WSCF Tournament held in Glendale (Milwaukee), Wisconsin on 4th Feb by scoring 4.5 out of possible 6 points. We convey our sincere thanks to you for being their Coach and helping them.