In March 2014, Kayden earns 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. Once his three GM norms are approved he just needs to achieve a 2500 FIDE rating for the Grandmaster title.
Kayden Earns 2nd Grandmaster Norm
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.
Kasparov Chess Foundation and Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint 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.
We cannot do this without your help! Kayden has been blessed with some amazing opportunities to reach towards Grandmaster and beyond. 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?
With this opportunity comes a heavy burden of financial responsibility for travel to Europe for World Championships and Grandmaster norm qualifications. Travel expense is our responsibility, and any help in this regard will help Kayden participate in more of these events.
Individual and Corporate Donations for Kayden are now tax deductible
March 2014 - 3rd and Final Grandmaster Norm – 2014 UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open
November 2013 – 2014 National All-American Team
October 2013 - 2nd Grandmaster Norm – 2013 Spice Cup
May 2013 - 1st Grandmaster Norm – 2013 US Championship
January 2013 – International Master Title- Golden State Open
November 2012 World Champion U14 - Gold Medal - Maribor Slovenia
October 2012 USCF Senior Life Master Title - Webster University Spice Cup Open
October 2012 4th International Master Norm - Webster University Spice Cup Open
October 2012 - 2013 National All-American Team
September 2012 Youngest US Chess League Judge
3rd and Final International Master Norm - 2nd Metropolitan International 2012
August 2012 - 3rd and Final IM Norm - 2nd Metropolitan International
May 2012 - 2nd IM Norm - Chicago Open
2012 National All-American Team
Jan. 2012- 2nd IM Norm* Performance- not enough foreign players
FIDE Master Title - September 2011 (2300 FIDE Rating)
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