Understand Your Resources-Tactical Play

Understand Your Resources-Tactical Play

GM Troffy
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4 days ago

Do you ever feel like you hear people mention tactics and calculation a lot when it comes to improving at chess? (Any of my students reading this are likely nodding their heads). Well, for those that like solving puzzles, the good news is that it&...

Understand Your Resources-Openings

Understand Your Resources-Openings

GM Troffy
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Sep 2, 2020

This topic is one I seem to get asked the most about! The truth is there are a lot of chess players out there that are willing to work hard, but they don’t know what to work on. That is what I want to talk about today, and in my next few blo...

The Importance of Being Consistent

The Importance of Being Consistent

GM Troffy
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Jul 28, 2020

I want you to imagine what would happen if you went a few years without playing chess or doing anything chess related. After all that time a friend challenges you to a game, to which you accept and sit down ready to play. How would you expect your...

The Road is Not the Same for Everyone

The Road is Not the Same for Everyone

GM Troffy
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Jul 1, 2020

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I have updated my blog, but that was partially intentional! In previous blogs, I have posted the videos that I have done for a video series on Instagram around my 8 Fundamental Principle for ...

Have Someone to Guide You-Fundamental Priniciple #2

Have Someone to Guide You-Fundamental Priniciple #2

GM Troffy
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May 28, 2020

Over the years I have had lots of coaches and I am really grateful for the opportunity I had to work with them. It seems like each of them has had a part in who I have become as a chess player and coach, and it has influenced me greatly in seeing ...

My 8 Fundamental Principles for Chess Improvement

My 8 Fundamental Principles for Chess Improvement

GM Troffy
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May 21, 2020

Hello everyone! I have been meaning to post again for quite a while, but life passes by so quickly and suddenly I realize how long it has been. For the next while I will be sharing a video series that I did for Instagram right here on chess.com-...

Why Does GM At 16 Feel Old?

Why Does GM At 16 Feel Old?

GM Troffy
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Mar 11, 2020

I recently read a news report right here on chess.com about the recent Old Masters Rapid Tournament. In the news report, a few of the Masters are quoted with one sentence remarks about how chess has changed, which is something that is very difficu...

My First Tournament After Two Years

My First Tournament After Two Years

GM Troffy
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Feb 14, 2020

About four weeks ago I played in my first tournament in two and a half years! My previous tournament was the 2017 US Junior Championship (which is a tournament I am now too old to play in 😅.)  For several years I haven't played in too ma...

Online Chess "Respect"

Online Chess "Respect"

GM Troffy
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Jan 24, 2020

Over 9 years ago I delved into my thoughts about respect in chess specifically around the idea of when is the appropriate time to resign. It actually turned out to be one of my most viewed and commented on blogs. Likely because no matter what leve...

A Long Time Absence-Long Time Debate

A Long Time Absence-Long Time Debate

GM Troffy
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Jan 11, 2020

Hello chess.com!  It has been a little over 5 years now since I have updated my blog, so I figure it’s about time! Besides posting blogs, some of you may have noticed that I have been absent from the chess scene altogether. Fr...

The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 2

The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 2

GM Troffy
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Dec 11, 2014

Now 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 tourname...

The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 1

The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 1

GM Troffy
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Oct 20, 2014

Hey 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 2013 U...

Living The Good Life-Playing in the US Championship

Living The Good Life-Playing in the US Championship

GM Troffy
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May 2, 2013

IM 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...

Questions Anyone?

Questions Anyone?

GM Troffy
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Mar 26, 2013

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 blog. ...

I Am An IM

I Am An IM

GM Troffy
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Feb 25, 2013

There 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, ...

World Champion!!!

World Champion!!!

GM Troffy
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Jan 9, 2013

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...

Gold!!

Gold!!

GM Troffy
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Nov 18, 2012

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 mea...

USCL Name of the Week?

USCL Name of the Week?

GM Troffy
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Oct 29, 2012

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 game...

2012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 2

2012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 2

GM Troffy
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Oct 16, 2012

I 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 l...

2012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 1

2012 US Junior, Better Than Last Year!!! Part 1

GM Troffy
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Sep 12, 2012

Summer 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 s...

Here We Go! Joining Forces With Kasparov!

Here We Go! Joining Forces With Kasparov!

GM Troffy
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Jul 23, 2012

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 have...

Two Thirds IM-Taking on the Super GM

Two Thirds IM-Taking on the Super GM

GM Troffy
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Jun 5, 2012

I 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 tournament was ...

MacAroni Krepes

MacAroni Krepes

GM Troffy
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Apr 25, 2012

Read 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. 2. Ma...

The "Anti-Shahade" Tournament

The "Anti-Shahade" Tournament

GM Troffy
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Mar 14, 2012

In 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 is ...