Teen Chess Prodigy Competes Again

Utah teenager, Kayden Troff, is headed to the U.S. Junior Championshipthe country’s most elite, invitation-only junior chess competition. The stakes are fairly high for Troff, who could potentially walk away with the $20,600 cash prize and a guaranteed invite to the 2018 U.S. Chess Championship.

This event is happening at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis in Missouri, our nation’s chess capital, from July 8-17. Troff already has an impressive list of awards, including “winning the 2009 North American Championship (Under 12), placing second at the 2010 World Youth Championship U-12, taking gold in the 2012 World Youth Championship U-14, and competing in the 2013 and 2015 U.S. Chess Championships. He also notably won the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship with an impressive 7/9 score at age 16.”

Salt Lake magazine originally profiled Troff, a Salt Laker, when he “along with a dozen other chess prodigies, joined Young Stars—Team USA, a program run by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, considered by many chess aficionados to be the best player ever.” It seems Troff can’t be stopped. Checkmate.

Ashley Szanter
Ashley Szanter is a Contributing Editor for Salt Lake magazine as well as a Freelance Writer and Editor. She loves writing about everything Utah, but has a special interest in Northern Utah (here's looking at you, Ogden and Logan).

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