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Kayden William Troff
Full name Kayden William Troff
Country  United States
Born 1998
Title 2009 North American Youth Champion under age 12, Utah State Chess Champion 2009 (at Game/60, Game/15, Game/5, Chess 960, Bughouse, and Team)
FIDE rating 2227,[1] USCF rating = 2200, USCF quick rating = 2180 (#1 in the USA for under age 13) (June, August, October and December 2009 [1])

Kayden William Troff (born 1998) is a Utah chess prodigy. He is the reigning North American Youth Champion under age 12, winning the Gold Medal in Mazatlan as a representative of the USA and scoring 6.5 out of 7.0.[2] He also became a Candidate Master in Mazatlan.[3][4] At 11, he is also the highest-rated chess tournament player in Utah.[2] He is the current Utah state champion for all ages of several time controls and chess variants: Game in one hour, Game in 15 minutes (quick chess), Game in 5 minutes (speed chess), Chess960 (Fischer random chess) and Bughouse Chess (partner chess). Kayden became a National Master at the American Open over Thanksgiving break, 2009.

Kayden first demonstrated chess ability at the age of three, by which time he had learned to play by watching his father (Daniel Troff) teach and play against his brothers.[5][6] When Troff turned six, his father decided to have him tutored by Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, who was impressed with how well Kayden played.

He first won a Utah State Elementary Championship at the age of six and he has won first place in his grade in the Utah State Elementary Championship every year thereafter.[7] In December 2007, at age eight, Troff was named to the United States Chess Federation's 2008 All America Chess Team and at age 10, he was named to the 2010 All America Chess Team,[8] an honor described as "one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player".[9] On December 14, 2008, he won second place at the fifth-grade level at the National K-12 Championships.[10][11]

On January 24, 2009, Troff won the Utah Speed Chess Championship[12] at age ten, becoming the youngest player to win that event, and by a huge margin.[13] In that event he went 2-0 against Jeff Phillips, who was at the time Utah's only chess master and also the Utah player with the highest quick chess rating.

On March 14, 2009, Troff won the Utah G/60 Championship[14] (where each player has one hour to complete the whole game), also becoming the youngest player ever to win that event, by far.[15][16] At this event he defeated the #1 seed, 73-year-old Hans Morrow, the oldest player in the tournament.

Kayden's quick rating is the highest in Utah and the highest of all US players under the age of 13 according to the Top 100 rating list published by the USCF in June, August, October and December 2009.[3] After the Utah G/60 championship win, the tournament director dubbed Kayden "Utah's Mozart of Chess." Kayden's rating achievement is made all the more impressive due to the limited opportunites he has to gain points, as Utah is short on high rated players.

As of August 22, 2009 Kayden is the highest USCF standard rated active tournament player in Utah.

Troff scored 11th/12th in the World Chess Live Junior Grand Prix (2008). He has won some of the prestigious WCL online quick-rated tournaments, and beat International Grandmaster Alex Lenderman in two of their USCF rated online encounters. Lenderman, who was age 19 at the time, was the top rated player in the United States under age 21 (both regular and quick ratings).

In September 2009, Kayden made it to the first-board of the prestigious Southern California Open tournament in the last round, where he was defeated by GM Melikset Khachiyan, who won the event. Kayden's other loss in the tournament was to GM Alejandro Ramirez, who also tied for first. Kayden defeated all his other opponents in the tournament, including an International Master and two masters, earning a performance rating of 2491. That was his second impressive tournament performance in two months, following on a 2453 performance rating at the sixth Utah Expert Series.

Kayden also defeated an International Master in the West Reno in October 2009, along with several master level players.

Kayden's ambition is to become a Grandmaster, which will require a 2500 FIDE rating as well as three Grandmaster level performances in international tournaments. His rating has peaked at 2215, FIDE.

Kayden lives in West Jordan, Utah with his parents, Kim and Daniel, little sister Brynndi, and brothers Jeremy and Zachary, both of whom also play chess at a high level for their age group.[17] In 2007, at age 16, Jeremy shared 1st place at the prestigious Salt Lake City Open.[18] He also won the 2009 Utah State High School championship tournament. The Troff family runs a popular "TNT" Chess Camp in the Salt Lake City area, along with their family friend Scott Treiman, who won the 2009 Utah State Junior High School championship tournament.


Chess games

Here is an interesting game played by Kayden at the Utah Expert series #2, with notes by Fritz:

Tony Chen – Kayden Troff Expert Series #2, 28.03.2009 Queen’s Pawn [D00]

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f3 c5 4.e4 e6 5.Be3 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.Bxc6. 8.Qd2 a6 9.exd5 axb5 10.dxc6 Bxc6 11.Qxd8+ Rxd8 with Black slightly better.

8...bxc6 9.exd5 exd5 10.0–0–0 Be7 11.Bg5. 11.Qd3 0–0–/+.

11...0–0 12.h4 12.Nge2 Re8–/+.

12...Re8–+ 13.g4 13.Qd2 Qb6–+.

13...c5 14.Qf4? Better is 14.Qd2 d4 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Ne4–+.

14...d4 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 15...gxf6?! 16.Nd5 Bb5 17.Qf5–/+.

16.Ne4 Be5 17.Qd2 Qb8 17...Qb6!? keeps an even firmer grip 18.Ne2–+.

18.Ne2 d3? With this move Black loses his initiative; better is 18...Qb6–+ and Black can look forward to a comfortable game.

19.cxd3 Black is slightly better.

19…Bb5 19...Qb6 20.f4 Bd4 21.g5.

20.f4 20.Qc2!? has some apparent merit.

20...Bxd3!–/+ Demolishes the pawn shield.

21.N4c3 Bxe2 22.Nxe2 Bxb2+! 23.Qxb2 Qxb2+ 24.Kxb2 Rxe2+ 25.Ka1 Re4 26.Rhf1 Rc8 27.Rd7 a5 28.Kb2 c4 29.Kc3 Re3+ 30.Kd2 30.Kc2 h6–/+

30...Rh3 Black intends c3 (30...Ra3 31.Re1 h5–+).

31.Rc1? Better is 31.h5–/+.

31...h6–+ 32.a4 32.Rg1 c3+ 33.Kc1–+.

32...c3+ 33.Ke2 Rc4 34.Rd3 34.Kf2 otherwise it’s curtains at once 34...Rxf4+ 35.Kg2 Rxh4 36.Rxc3–+.

34...Re4+ 0–1 35.Kf2 Rxd3–+.[19]

Chess tournament victories

Date Tournament W L D
February 2010 WVCC Quick-Rated 3 0 0
January 2010 Utah Speed Championship (G/5 2d) 12 2 0
October 2009 North American Youth Championship (Under age 12) 6 0 1
September 2009 Utah Team Championship (tie) 3 0 1
August 2009 Utah Expert Series 6 4 0 1
June 2009 Utah Quick Championship 9 1 2
June 2009 Utah Chess960 Championship 4 0 0
June 2009 Utah Bughouse Chess Championship 8 0 0
May 2009 Utah Expert Series 4 5 1 0
May 2009 Utah Elementary Championship 6 0 0
April 2009 Utah Expert Series 3 2 0 0
March 2009 Utah Expert Series 2 3 0 0
March 2009 Utah Game/60 Championship 4 0 1
March 2009 World Chess Live Grand Prix Qualifier #35 6 0 1
February 2009 World Chess Live Grand Prix Qualifier #33 5 0 2
January 2009 Utah Speed Chess Championship 11 2 1
August 2008 August Plus Score 4 0 0
May 2008 Utah Elementary Championship 6 0 0
July 2007 Utah Class B Championship 2 0 2
May 2007 Utah Elementary Championship 5 0 1
April 2007 US Chess Live Quick Tournament #13 3 0 1
October 2006 US Chess Live Quick Tournament #44 4 1 0
June 2006 School's Out! Scholastic 5 0 0
May 2006 Utah Elementary Championship 6 0 0
February 2006 Oakwood Tournament 5 0 0
October 2005 Utah Open (under 1200) 4 1 0
May 2005 Utah Elementary Championship 6 0 0

Source: US Chess Federation Tournament Database [4]


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