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Kayden W Troff
Number of games in database: 173
Years covered: 2010 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2483 (2534 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2556

Overall record: +51 -51 =43 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 28 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D30 D38 D37 D39 D35
 Catalan (9) 
    E04 E06
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E00 A41 D05 A40 E10
 Slav (8) 
    D11 D18 D12 D17
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E15 E17 E18 E12
 King's Indian (7) 
    E94 E91 E97 E76
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B90 B27 B50 B51 B94
 Grunfeld (24) 
    D85 D70 D97 D90 D83
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B90 B94 B92 B99 B97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A29 A25 A20 A28
 Reti System (4) 
    A05 A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Vorontsov vs K W Troff, 2012 0-1
   Onischuk vs K W Troff, 2015 1/2-1/2
   K Wang vs K W Troff, 2013 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs K W Troff, 2014 1/2-1/2
   K W Troff vs Jobava, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   U.S. Junior Championship (2011)
   US Championship (2015)
   US Chess Championship (2013)
   Millionaire Chess (2016)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   World Youth Championship (2012)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer

   🏆 PRO League Group Stage
   K W Troff vs Anthony B He (Feb-22-17) 1-0, rapid
   K W Troff vs K Haining (Feb-22-17) 1-0, rapid
   Mikhalevski vs K W Troff (Feb-22-17) 0-1, rapid
   Benjamin Mukumbya vs K W Troff (Feb-22-17) 1-0, rapid
   I Chirila vs K W Troff (Feb-15-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-06-1998, 23 years old) United States of America

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US Senior Master; 2010 U12 Vice-World Champion; FIDE Master (2011); World U14 Champion (2012); International Master (2012); Grandmaster (2014); US Junior Champion (2014); top player U18 in the Americas (January 2015); achieved top rank of Eagle Scout (July 2016).


Kayden learned to play chess at the age of 3 and started playing competitive chess when he was 6.


<Youth> In October 2009, he won the North American U12 Championships. In 2010, he won silver at the World U12 Championship in Halkidiki with 9/11, half a point behind China's Wei Yi. He won the 2012 World U14 Championship held in Maribor on tiebreak ahead of the runner-up, Indian FM Chithambaram V R Aravindh whom he beat in the final round.

<Junior> In June 2014, he won the US Junior Closed Championship with 7/9, a point and a half clear of the field.

<National> In May 2013, he played in his inaugural US Chess Championship (2013), scoring 5/9 and his first GM norm. In June 2014, he won the U.S. Junior Championship with 7/9.

Standard Tournaments

<2009> After taking out numerous prizes in school and junior tournaments, both in his home state of Utah, and nationally, he first participated in a FIDE rated tournament at the 2009 Far West Open in Reno, Nevada, in April 2009 scoring 3/6. He followed this up a few months later at the 14th Annual Pacific Coast Open in California, this time placing =6th with a score 3.5/6. In September 2009, he came =9th with 4.5/6 in the 31st Annual Southern California Open in San Diego, defeating the experienced IM Edward W Formanek and FM Gregg H Small. He scored a modest 3/6 in the Western States Open in 2009, in Reno, nevertheless defeating IM Vladimir Mezentsev in the first round.

<2010> After a quiet start to 2010, Kayden scored 3/5 in the 8th Annual Western Pacific Open in Los Angeles in April, winning against IM John A Peters. Moving onto the 2010 Copper State International Swiss in Arizona, Kayden scored a modest 4/9 but still managed to defeat IM Dionisio Aldama Degurnay and bring up his first result against a Grandmaster, a draw with Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky. In June 2010, he managed 3.5/6 in the National Open in Las Vegas

<2011> He continued building up his experience and rating points in several subsequent tournaments, including the Berkeley International (2011) (4/5/10) in January and the 3rd Metropolitan FIDE Invitational in February, where despite his modest score of 3/9, he scored wins against US IM Timothy Taylor and Kazakh IM Zhanibek Amanov. In April 2011, he competed in the 11th Annual Reno Far West Open, placing =4th with 4/6, including a draw against GM Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin. There followed the 5th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational in Los Angeles where he placed outright 2nd with 6.5/9 behind Roman Yankovsky, again defeating IMs Taylor and Amanov and adding IM David Pruess to his kitty.

<2012> Troff had an excellent start to 2012, scoring 5.5/9 at the 2012 Northern California International, enough for an IM norm, followed by a strong 5/9 at the 2012 Chicago Open, narrowly missing another IM norm. However, the gains from the latter were undone with a very poor 2/9 performance at the 19th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational in Los Angeles in June, although he made up for lost ground with a strong 5.5/9 at the 2nd Metropolitan Chess FIDE International in August, which included a win over Turkmen GM Mesgen Amanov. A powerful 5/9 at the SPICE Open in October (against opponents rated on average at 2489) boosted his rating by nearly 40 points to take him to top ranking in the US for his age division (U14), gaining him his 3rd IM norm and narrowly missing a GM norm. He finished 2012 by scoring a solid rating boost with his 5.5/9 at the 22nd North American Open held in Las Vegas.

<2013> This year also started well for Troff, scoring an excellent 6/9 at the Golden State Open held in Concord, California, and finishing =3rd behind the winner Li Chao and the runner up Gregory Zinovyevich Kaidanov. A few months later he competed successfully in the US Championship, scoring his first GM norm. In October, he tied for first at the SPICE Cup in St. Louis with former World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov, scoring 6.5/9 and achieving his second GM norm.

<2014> He scored 4.5/13 at the Tata Steel Group B (2014). Troff followed up by winning a GM norm at the 2014 UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open underwritten by Turner Construction and 6/9 (=3rd) at the 8th Philadelphia Open. He scored a solid 6/9 at the 23rd Chicago Open and 6/9 at the 2014 CCSCSL Invitational GM in May 2014 to push his rating to the magic 2500 mark needed to meet the final condition for achieving the Grandmaster title. In August, he placed =3rd at the 2014 US Masters behind Bartlomiej Macieja and Yaroslav Zherebukh, and two months later in October was =4th at the 2014 Spice Cup Open. Both events provided significant boosts to his Elo rating. He finished 2014 with a win at the 2014 UT Dallas Fall FIDE Open.

Rating and Ranking

Troff's highest rating to date is 2556 reached in May 2015.


Troff - who is mentored by former World Champion Garry Kasparov - featured in a musical dance video that choreographed the game Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (aka Kasparov's Immortal). The music was by the band TLC Trio, and the tune this band played for the game was Adele's Skyfall:

Wikipedia article: Kayden Troff

Last updated: 2018-05-06 03:24:51

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 188  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K W Troff vs S Z Peczely  1-0232010WYCC Open U12D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. T Stremavicius vs K W Troff  0-1372010WYCC Open U12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
3. K W Troff vs Lorparizangeneh  1-0652010WYCC Open U12D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. M Nubairshah Shaikh vs K W Troff  0-1542010WYCC Open U12A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. A Donchenko vs K W Troff  0-1482010WYCC Open U12A25 English
6. K W Troff vs Ghosh Diptayan  ½-½272010WYCC Open U12D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
7. K W Troff vs Duda  1-0602010WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. V Sanal vs K W Troff  0-1652010WYCC Open U12B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
9. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-1402010WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Volodymyr Vetoshko vs K W Troff  0-1402010WYCC Open U12B20 Sicilian
11. K W Troff vs Yi Ye Wang  ½-½492010WYCC Open U12A48 King's Indian
12. K W Troff vs Z Amanov  ½-½662011Berkeley InternationalE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. L Milman vs K W Troff  1-0492011Berkeley InternationalD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
14. K W Troff vs L Zepeda 1-0332011Berkeley InternationalA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
15. Y Liou vs K W Troff  1-0592011Berkeley InternationalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. K W Troff vs M Cornejo  0-1402011Berkeley InternationalD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. E M Sandberg vs K W Troff  0-1342011Berkeley InternationalB27 Sicilian
18. A Almeida Saenz vs K W Troff  1-0462011Berkeley InternationalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. K W Troff vs Todd F Rumph  1-0302011Berkeley InternationalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. S Shivaji vs K W Troff 1-01192011Berkeley InternationalB27 Sicilian
21. B Santic vs K W Troff  0-1612011Berkeley InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
22. A Getz vs K W Troff  1-0312011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA15 English
23. R Sturt vs K W Troff 0-1632011U.S. Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
24. K W Troff vs Naroditsky 0-1202011U.S. Junior ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
25. W Harper vs K W Troff  1-0362011U.S. Junior ChampionshipA15 English
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  perfidious: All this seems more'n a little fishy to me.
Mar-02-13  DrNine: Old article is old -- With the results the kid has put up recently against GM's, including his draw against Adams and his wins against players like Kaidanov...denying his skill is asinine and listening to a griping 2 year old article that is irrelevant today is even more stupid, kid will be a GM by the time he is 16 and people will still find a way to complain, best of luck to Mr. Troff.
May-04-13  belgradegambit: Beating GM Stripunsky in the first round of the US Championship is yet another example of Troff unfairly gaining rating points.
May-04-13  BIDMONFA: Kayden W Troff

TROFF, Kayden W.

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  Stonehenge: Good luck in Wijk aan Zee :)
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  ketchuplover: Cosigned
Jan-11-14  searchforbobby1: Congrats on the first round! May you win more games in TataSteel
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  ketchuplover: I hope he learned much there.
Apr-28-14  twinlark: Troff has his 3rd GM norm. He should have his title soon as he only has a handful of points to the magic 2500.
Apr-29-14  waustad: He's now at 2477 and climbing.
May-06-14  waustad: Happy 16th b'day!
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  hansj: Congratulations GM Kayden Troff! Finally got thos last golden rating points.
Jun-03-14  twinlark: Congratulations to the USA's newest Grandmaster!

Just over 16 years old, Kayden is also the youngest GM in the USA and he managed to gain his title with some good results at the Chicago Open and at the GM invitational in St Louis to push his live rating to above 2500.

Well done!

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  OhioChessFan: I am glad he has stayed with chess and gotten past the strange events of three years ago.
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  FSR: Troff apparently won the U.S. Junior Championship, which concluded today, scoring 7/9. Congratulations!
Jun-30-14  twinlark: Well done, GM Troff. Congratulations!
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  FSR: <Kayden Troff is US Junior champion>
Apr-06-15  Everett: At the age of three, I see no reason why a kid should learn a game that compels one to sit down for hours at a time.
Apr-10-15  zborris8: <Everett: At the age of three, I see no reason why a kid should learn a game that compels one to sit down for hours at a time>

Both his father and brother played, so it was a natural family interaction.

His brother reached IM status I believe, by the time he was 18 years. But then he quit to become a Mormon missionary, like his father before him.

This is why I don't see Kayden as the future of US Chess.

Apr-11-15  Everett: <zborris8> Thanks for the info.
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  Penguincw: Happy 17th birthday to young GM Kayden W Troff!
Nov-08-15  breaker90: <zborris8> His brother never became an IM. Not even close. He peaked around 1800 USCF.
May-06-16  waustad: Happy 18th!
Aug-25-16  tim butler: Kayden is not playing well in Abu
Dhabi. His rating is "SKYFALLing".
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  OhioChessFan: When the last title cited in your bio is "Eagle Scout", it's safe to conclude the best is behind you.
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