Kayden Gets Grandmaster Norm #3 at UT Dallas

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.

Check out the Chess Life Article here: http://www.uschess.org/content/view/12398/729/
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.

Check out the KCF website here: http://kasparovchessfoundation.org/

and the CCSCSL website here: http://saintlouischessclub.org/ .

TLC Trio "Skyfall"

Skyfall Chess Music Video

Check out my debut as James Bond 007 in the Skyfall TLC Trio Music Video on Youtube above.

Sign up to be a fan of TLC Trio on Youtube and visit their website here: http://tlctrio.com/ .

ChessBase News in Germany did a fantastic article about TLC Trio and the video here: http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211/PostId/4009937/skyfall--the-tlc-trios-chess-video-270513.aspx .

Chasing the Dream

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

We are now set up to receive donations through The Utah Chess Association which is a non-profit 501(c3) organization.

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The video above is a short, fun video clip that we use as the intro to one of our learning activities/games in our TNT Chess Camp. Enjoy!

List of Accomplishments

  • 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)

I'm a Mormon!

Just like former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, musicians and performers extraordinaire Gladys Knight and David Archuleta, talk show host Glenn Beck, former NFL MVP and 49er's quarterback Steve Young, and National Best Selling authors Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull and Stephenie Meyers - I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) and I am thrilled to be so!

Come find out what this is all about by clinking the link below! If you want a Book of Mormon in almost any language then click the link below!

My brother, Vanhin Troff, is serving an LDS mission in Helsinki, Finland!

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Shows the Gold Medal ceremony at the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship in Maribor, Slovenia. Kasparov awards the trophy and the medal. Also shows Kayden's coach GM Alex Chernin.

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