My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy


Jay Stallings has been successfully employing a martial art belt system to teaching chess for nearly two decades. He has taught approximately 35,000 children the royal game, many of whom went on to become the top chess players for their age in the country. The motivation of earning belts coupled with his passion for and knowledge of chess appears to be the ideal recipe for success in youth chess. Until recently, you would have had to live close to the town of Valencia in Southern California if you wanted your child to receive the benefits of training with Coach Jay. Now, all that has changed with the release of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy for iOS and Android devices.

Coach Jay with his wife Michel.
Coach Jay with his wife Michel.

To understand how amazing Coach Jay’s Chess Academy is, you have to start by examining the other chess apps you could use to train your child:

If you attempt to train your child using a different chess app you will…

  • First notice that you need separate apps for studying opening, middle game strategies, chess tactics, check mate puzzles and even a separate endgame trainer.
  • Unless you child is incredibly self-motivated, you will need to devise a reward system in order to keep your child training daily.
  • The interface that your child will be using will likely resemble PC chess programs from the nineties(not very kid friendly)
  • Many apps show progress by displaying statistics that are meaningless to your child.
  • Finally, when you are using the other apps, you get the sense that they were designed by individuals who have rarely or never coached children in chess.


Coach Jay’s Chess Academy solves every one of these problems. It is truly the only one stop application for young chess players to use that will improve every aspect of their chess game. While working through the exercises, your child will remain motivated by earning new belts and learning new techniques. The interface is very easy to use and is aesthetically pleasing to younger users. In addition, Coach Jay Chess Academy makes it easy to track your child’s progress. Finally, Coach Jay’s Chess Academy was designed by professional chess teachers and it shows.

On a personal note, I now use Coach Jay’s Chess Academy to teach my own daughter. Over the years I have coached many individual National Champions and, before now, I have never used such a complete tool for training young chess players. I want what’s best for my daughter’s chess which is why we train by using Coach Jay’s Chess Academy.

My daughter, Rosaleia, studying chess with Coach Jay's Chess Academy.
My daughter, Rosaleia, studying chess with Coach Jay’s Chess Academy.


Coach Jay’s Chess Academy is available for download in the Apple iTunes App Store.

For more information on Jay Stalling and his chess programs please visit the homepage for the California Youth Chess League.


*This is not an advertisement for Coach Jay’s Chess Academy. I simply wrote an honest review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy for the benefit of the scholastic chess community.


Please see my exclusive interview with Jay Stalling about Coach Jay’s Chess Academy.


Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

5 thoughts on “My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy

  1. Dear Sir I would like to congratulate Sir Jay Stalling for his activity in Chess dedicate to young generation . My question is : Is there any financial assistance and technical support by USCF. All the best Chergui Fathi From Tunisia with love !!

  2. Tried Thai app out because of your review and it is awesome! Thanks for reviewing it and thanks to Coach Jay for writing the app. — Dan

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