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Kayden Troff

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Kayden Troff
Full nameKayden William Troff
CountryUnited States
Born (1998-05-06) May 6, 1998 (age 26)
Murray, Utah
TitleGrandmaster (2014)
FIDE rating2490 (June 2024)
Peak rating2556 (May 2015)

Kayden William Troff (born May 6, 1998) is an American chess grandmaster. He was World U14 Chess Champion in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Troff lives in West Jordan, Utah, with his parents Kim and Daniel, sister Brynndi, and brothers Jeremy and Zachary Troff.[1]

Early years[edit]

He first demonstrated chess ability at the age of three, having learned to play by watching his father.[2][3] When Troff turned six, he spent a week training with Grandmaster Igor Ivanov.[4] He has also been trained by Melikset Khachiyan and Alexander Chernin.

Troff first won a Utah State Elementary Championship at the age of six and won first place in his section in the Utah State Elementary Championship each year after.[5]

In December 2007, he was named to the United States Chess Federation's 2008 All-America Chess Team; and at age 10, he was named in the 2010 All-America Chess Team, an honor described as "one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player".[6] On December 14, 2008, he won second place at the fifth-grade level at the National K–12 Championships.[7][8]

In 2009, Troff won the Utah Speed Chess Championship[9] at age ten, becoming the youngest player to win that event.[10] This was followed up by becoming Utah G/60 Champion, the youngest player to do so.[11][12] After this win, the tournament director dubbed him "Utah's Mozart of Chess."[13] He also won the 2009 North American Youth Championship for under-12s in Mazatlán.[14][15]

Troff's quick rating was the highest of all US players under the age of 13, according to the Top 100 rating list published by the USCF from June 2009 through October 2010.[16] In May 2010, he defeated Harold Stevens, Utah's then-highest-rated player, in a match, winning all three games. In October 2010, he won the Utah Open tournament.

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Troff won the world championship for ages 14 and under in Maribor, Slovenia, in 2012. He also won the silver medal for ages 12 and under at the World Youth Chess Championships in Greece in 2010, behind future grandmaster Wei Yi.

Having already obtained the three GM Norms needed, he reached 2500 Elo rating to earn the Grandmaster title at the Saint Louis Invitational in May 2014, at age 16.[17]

In June 2014, Troff became US Junior Chess Champion, scoring 7/9 points.[18]

Twitch streaming[edit]

In June 2023, Troff began streaming chess gameplay on Twitch under the name ChessSharkz.[19]


  1. ^ "Chess champ a ripe ol' 9". Deseret News. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. ^ "Kayden's Story". Kaydensstory.blogspot.com. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  3. ^ Whitney, Susan (2007-12-07). "Chess champ a ripe ol' 9". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  4. ^ "LDS Church News - Chess champ: State's top player is an 11-year-old Mormon boy". Church News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  5. ^ "2006 Utah Chess Champions". www.utahchess.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  6. ^ Stettler, Jeremiah (2007-11-30). "Nine-year-old chess phenom chosen for 2008 All-American Team". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  7. ^ "2008 National K-12 Championship Orlando, Florida". Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  8. ^ Murguia, Maria (2009-02-01). "Ten-Year-Old West Jordan Boy Wins Utah Speed Chess Championship Title". Fox News/KSTU-TV. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  9. ^ "USCF MSA – Cross Table for UTAH SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP (Event 200901246871)". Uschess.org. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  10. ^ Bruce, Becky (2009-01-26). "ksl.com – 10-year-old making splash in the chess world". www.ksl.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  11. ^ "USCF MSA – Cross Table for UTAH GAME/60 (Event 200903144711)". Uschess.org. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  12. ^ Butterfield, Amanda (2009-03-16). "10-Year Old Wins State Chess Championship". KSL News/KSL.com.
  13. ^ Leonard, Wendy (2009-03-16). "Utah Chess King is just 10 years old". Deseret News.
  14. ^ Confederación De Ajedrez Para América. "Confederación De Ajedrez Para América". Fideamerica.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  15. ^ "Akron Chess Club, Largest Northeastern Ohio Chess Club, Learn about Chess, Study Chess Canton Chess, Cleveland Chess". Akronchessclub.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  16. ^ "The United States Chess Federation". Main.uschess.org. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  17. ^ Saint Louis Invitational, Troff earns GM Title http://saintlouischessclub.org/news/2014-06-03/sevian-homa-earn-norms-saint-louis Archived 2014-06-05 at archive.today
  18. ^ US Chess Championships Official Page http://uschesschamps.com/
  19. ^ ChessSharkz - Twitch, retrieved 2024-02-05

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