Kayden turned 16 and achieved his Grandmaster title at the Chicago Open in the month of May, 2014. He became the youngest Grandmaster in America and one of the youngest to achieve the title in the history of America. This puts him in some really great company with Grandmasters Bobby Fischer, Hikaru Nakamura and Ray Robson. It’s been an amazing journey, and Kayden would like to thank everyone that made it possible! Now the real work begins to see how far this can go. Kayden is being mentored by former World Champion Garry Kasparov, and is coached by GM Alex Chernin, who has coached many of the world’s elite players including GM Fabiano Caruana. The foundation is set to work towards the future! http://en.chessbase.com/post/profile-of-a-prodigy-kayden-troff
Kayden is the 2014 US Junior Champion
The US Junior Championship brings together the top players of the 40,000+ United States Chess Federation tournament players under the age of 21. These players battled for the US Junior Champion title over two weeks at the beautiful Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Kayden finished with a solid 7/9 performance to win the title, and secured an invitation to the 2015 US Championship where he will compete for the 2nd time. http://www.uschess.org/content/view/12710/767/
Kasparov Chess Foundation and Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis
Kayden has been selected by former World Champion Garry Kasparov as a member of the Young Stars - Team USA program, a joint partnership between the Kasparov Chess Federation (KCF) and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which was launched to find and train the country's top emerging chess players. This sponsorship includes personal training and oversight of his chess development by GM Alex Chernin - one of the best trainers in the world.
In March 2014, Kayden earned GM norm #3 at the UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open. He played against 8 Grandmasters and achieved a FIDE rating of 2477. His Grandmaster norm application was sent to FIDE to be reviewed by the 1st quarter Presidential Board 2014, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS, 29 March - 1 April 2014 and was approved.
In October 2013, Kayden scored 6.5 out of 9 at the 2013 Spice Cup. He played against 6 Grandmasters and tied for 1st place with GM Alexander Ipatov from Turkey who is the 2012 U20 World Champion. In the last round he needed a draw for the GM norm, but he scored the full point as Black against his GM opponent.
We cannot do this without your help! Kayden has been blessed with some amazing opportunities to become a Grandmaster and then go on from there. Who would think that a kid from Utah would win a world championship and come to the attention of Garry Kasparov- who would take a personal interest in mentoring him?
Kayden will be required to travel much more to Europe in more prestigious tournaments that are “single game per day” for about 2 weeks per tournament. Travel expense is our responsibility, and Kayden will be able to participate more fully in these events with your help. You may donate directly or to the UCA Scholarship fund.
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