Instead of 'a1', why not '11'? First file, first rank.
Instead of 'g6', why not '76'? Seventh file, sixth rank.
And so on. Why not just use two numbers to represent the square, as opposed to 1 letter and 1 number?
I think the notation with the letter is more confusing for beginners and children. For example, with the 'g6'-square, it's not immediately obvious to a complete beginner where the 'g'-file is. They usually have to look down on the letter on the chess board, or, if the board doesn't have letters, they will usually count in their head, from left to right: 'a ... b.. c.. d.. e ... f... g, aha there it is'. On the other hand, if the 'g'-file was simply the '7'-file, it's immediately obvious where it is, since it's much easier to simply find the 7th file by eye-sight.