Rising U.S. Chess star and Chess.com member Kayden Troff celebrates his 15th birthday today! Kayden hails from Utah, and learned to play chess at the age of 3 by watching his father Daniel playing against his brothers.
Kayden's talent has developed quickly - he was awarded the International Master title in January this year, and is the reigning Under 14 World Youth Chess Champion.
He is currently playing in the 2013 U.S. Chess Championships where he gave Gata Kamsky a run for his money in the second round!
Kayden has taken part in training sessions with Garry Kasparov and was selected to 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 top emerging U.S. chess players for competition with the best players in the world.
Kayden's latest project is a chess music video with the TLC Trio. It's a cover of Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall" and features a famous Kasparov - Topalov game with a "live" chess set!
Kayden’s official website is at kaydentroff.blogspot.com and he writes a regular chess blog right here at Chess.com!
Happy birthday Kayden! Good luck in the U.S. Championships, and for future success!
Kayden training with Garry Kasparov
Kayden with fellow World Youth medallists Sam Sevian (left) and Cameron Wheeler (centre)
Biographical details from the US Chess Championships website.