Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 2Now it begins, the change.   Now as I mentioned in Part 1 (which if you haven't read click here: http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-end-of-one-road-beginning-of-another-part-1), I will now talk about the changes I made from a few tournam...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-end-of-one-road-beginning-of-another-part-2Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:44:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-end-of-one-road-beginning-of-another-part-2The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 1Hey Chess.com!  It's been quite a while! I've wanted to write another blog for the last few months but one thing after another and I've never gotten to doing it. But here it is finally!   In my last blog, I talked about playing in the 201...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-end-of-one-road-beginning-of-another-part-1Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:30:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-end-of-one-road-beginning-of-another-part-1One Year Older, Somewhat Richer, And a Little Bit Closer-- Playing In The US ChampionshipIn my last blog, I talked about having the opportunity to play in the 2013 US Championship (http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/living-the-good-life).  That was the beginning of the tournament and included pictures of some of the players ge...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/one-year-older-somewhat-richer-and-a-little-bit-closer---playing-in-the-us-championshipThu, 30 May 2013 19:53:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/one-year-older-somewhat-richer-and-a-little-bit-closer---playing-in-the-us-championshipLiving The Good Life-Playing in the US ChampionshipIM Danny Rensch blogs about the US Championship-Great! Being invited to the US Championship-Amazing!! Watching the US Championship players get hair and makeup done-Priceless!!! It has always been an exciting experience to watch the US Champi...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/living-the-good-lifeThu, 02 May 2013 20:34:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/living-the-good-lifeQuestions Anyone?I was asked recently by a fellow chess.com member (chessmaster102) who is writing an article for his local chess club newspaper to answer some questions about my chess.  Since I'd spent the time anyway...I thought it might make an interesting blo...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/questionsTue, 26 Mar 2013 14:55:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/questionsI Am An IMThere are many young players out there, and many that have dreams of becoming GMs and maybe even one of the top in the world someday.  I am definitely one of those young players that dreams of becoming one of the top players in the world someday,...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/i-am-an-imMon, 25 Feb 2013 14:59:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/i-am-an-imWorld Champion!!!Hey everybody! It has been a long time since I have last blogged, but it has been pretty crazy with the Holidays! And chess is always pretty busy for me! But with all the craziness I still figured I need to blog about the World Youth Chess Champio...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/world-championWed, 09 Jan 2013 12:08:39 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/world-championGold!!I am reporting in from the WYCC. I just finished my last round and won in the World Youth Chess Championships!!!!  I tied for first at 9/11 and I am told that the first tiebreak is head-to-head matchup.  Since I beat the other kid with 9 that m...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/goldSun, 18 Nov 2012 04:21:55 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/goldUSCL Name of the Week?For years I have only been able to watch the USCL (Since Utah doesn't have a USCL Team), but this year I have the chance to be a GOTW (Game of the Week) Judge!  Every week in the United States Chess League I get to vote on the three candidate gam...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/uscl-name-of-the-weekMon, 29 Oct 2012 23:20:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/uscl-name-of-the-week2012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 2I realize that it has been quite awhile since my last blog and even longer since the Junior.  I have been very busy the last few months and even right now I am in a plane on my way to play in the SPICE Cup Open in St. Louis, but I didn't want to ...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/2012-us-junior-better-than-last-year-part-2Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:56:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/2012-us-junior-better-than-last-year-part-22012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 1Summer is over and school is here!  Most people look at summer as a time to rest and have fun, but it seems like chess players have it all wrong and instead, play in a lot of tournaments and study hard during the summer.  I mentioned how busy my...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/2012-us-junior-better-than-last-year-part-1Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:23:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/2012-us-junior-better-than-last-year-part-1Here We Go! Joining Forces With Kasparov! School can be hard, but for me summer break is so much crazier!  I have done a lot of Chess this summer!!   I have: played in three tournaments, run two Chess Camps, and put in about 60-100 hours of intense Chess studying.  Along with that I ...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/here-we-go3Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:40:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/here-we-go3Two Thirds IM-Taking on the Super GMI recently played in the 2012 Chicago Open... AWESOME!  There were so many people that are part of the Chess.com team there... there are not many people better than Chess.com people.  It was great to see a lot of my friends there! The tournamen...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/two-thirds-im-taking-on-the-super-gmTue, 05 Jun 2012 23:00:32 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/two-thirds-im-taking-on-the-super-gmMacAroni KrepesRead the title, sounds delicious right?  If you said yes... I have no comment.  Four things (along with the people who said yes) might seem strange: 1. Macaroni?  Strawberries, syrup, nutella, ice cream, etc. all seem preferable on crepes. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/macaroni-krepesWed, 25 Apr 2012 12:48:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/macaroni-krepesThe "Anti-Shahade" TournamentIn honor of IM Greg Shahade's recent Death Match win, I have named the title of my blog after him.  So first of all, congratulations to him!  But the title has less to do with his victory and more to do with Greg's feelings about draws (here i...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-quotanti-shahadequot-tournamentWed, 14 Mar 2012 10:30:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-quotanti-shahadequot-tournamentForeigners WANTEDDreams... as a Chess player, what are my dreams?  As a Chess player, what are your dreams?  Is there a title you want?   For me, of course, right now I want the title IM (International Master) and someday I hope to be a Super GM (Grand Master)...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/foreigners-wantedWed, 08 Feb 2012 08:34:11 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/foreigners-wantedThe New FIDE Time Control: Better, Worse, Or Double-Edged?We have a lot of interesting rules that can confuse people in Chess; the beginning rules or things that a lot of people find unusual when first learning about Chess would be things like En Passant and Castling.  Then we start getting into the tou...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-new-fide-time-control-better-worse-or-double-edgedTue, 29 Nov 2011 21:15:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-new-fide-time-control-better-worse-or-double-edgedJumping Into The FireChess can be very hard... Chess IS very hard.  Recently I discovered just how hard it can be.   I was invited by Susan Polgar to play in the Spice Cup in the C section.  Now for a lot of tournaments it might seem like the C Group might be a li...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/jumping-into-the-fireFri, 28 Oct 2011 12:25:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/jumping-into-the-fireContinuing StrongOften after we hit one of our big goals, we tend to be satisfied for a while and have a hard time stepping it up/taking it to the next level.  I have even found that sometimes we might do the opposite.  You've hit one of your goals and don't fee...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/continuing-strongFri, 30 Sep 2011 16:26:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/continuing-strongThe FM Title… Playing With IntensityFinally!!!  After sitting at 2280--2296ish on my FIDE Rating, it finally went over 2300 after my last tournament which earned me the FIDE Master title!!  It was at the 1st Metropolitan International a 9-round tournament with some very strong GMs...http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-fm-titlehellip-playing-with-intensityFri, 16 Sep 2011 15:06:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/KaydenTroff/the-fm-titlehellip-playing-with-intensity