One Move at a Time with Jay Stallings [PODCAST]


Welcome to the January 2019 edition of “One Move at a Time,” the US Chess podcast in which we talk to people and organizations that are advancing the US Chess mission statement of “Empowering people through chess, one move at a time.”

This month host Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication at US Chess, talks to Jay Stallings,who has taught over 40,000 kids to play chess at his California Youth Chess League since 1994. The league is a California 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that has a mission, similar to the US Chess mission, of empowering youth to grow through chess. This month he is celebrating 25 years as a chess coach.

An expert-rated player himself, he has authored several books, including Fried Liver and Burning Pants: Curious, But True Chess Stories and The Lessons We Learn From Them! Last year, he introduced Coach Jay’s Chess Academy! >, a complete curriculum which can be found at

He is a member of the US Chess Scholastic and Development Committees.

Our theme music “So Don’t I” was composed by Alex King, a National Master who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. We are grateful for the sponsorship of US Chess Sales. To enter our random drawing for a $50 gift certificate to, send your name and phone number to [email protected] and put “One Move at a Time” in the subject line. Comments and questions are appreciated. And for more US Chess podcasts, see “Cover Stories with Chess Life” in our podcast category. 


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