My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy

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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.

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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.

 

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5 Responses to “My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy”

  1. An Interview with Chess Coach Jay Stallings | Chess Musings Says:

    […] Your quality source for everything chess! « My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy […]

  2. cherguifathi Says:

    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 !!

  3. Kyle Sellers Says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our app! If anyone is interested, here are the direct links to the app!


    Coach Jay’s Chess Academy is now available for FREE on iOS and Android devices!

    Get it on iOS (iPhone and iPad): http://bit.ly/coachjayios
    Get it on Android: http://bit.ly/coachjayandroid
    Like us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/coachjayfb

  4. Dan O'Hanlon Says:

    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

  5. Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Part 3 | Chess Musings Says:

    […] With only twenty days left before the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys, do you ever wonder what you can do to prepare for the event with your child. If you download Coach Jay’s Chess Academy you literally can become your child’s primary chess coach. Jay Stallings, a time honored chess coach from Southern California, is a “Grandmaster” of making chess practice fun. His app uses a comprehensive method which he devised from his decades of practical experience teaching young children how to play chess. Each lesson on the app is followed by several exercises designed to test your child’s understanding of a key concept. As your child completes the exercises, he/she earns stars that accumulate until your child earns a new belt (just like in martial arts.) This reward system not only encourages your child to study chess but it also allows parents to gauge their child’s progress. As a successful chess coach myself, I have found Coach Jay’s Chess Academy to be very helpful for teaching chess to my own daughter. At first, I thought it might just be a child friendly version of the ubiquitous online “tactics trainer,” but it is in actuality a full chess curriculum cleverly disguised in a fun little app. By using Coach Jay’s Chess Academy with my daughter, I even discovered several tips and tricks for teaching lessons to students in my weekly chess classes. With only twenty days left until the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys, there is no better time to download Coach Jay’s Chess Academy than right now. Start today and you will definitely be helping your child to be the best they can be at the 2015 SPFNO and beyond. For more information on the Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys and Coach Jay Chess Academy, please read: The Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open Championship for Girls and Boys Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 2 Preparing for the Susan Polgar Foundation’s Nationwide Open for Girls and Boys: Part 1 An Interview with Chess Coach Jay Stallings My Review of Coach Jay’s Chess Academy […]

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