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"Washington Times": LDS Chess Prodigy in National Championship Defers Full-Ride Scholarship to Serve Mission

We wish Kayden Troff the best of luck in the championship as well as on his mission to Australia.

Kayden Troff’s passion for chess began at age 3 and will reach new heights when the 19-year-old competes for his second national championship in July.

But win or lose, the West Jordan native then will give up the game he loves while he serves a Mormon mission to Australia.

Troff also deferred a full-ride scholarship to play chess at St. Louis University to be an LDS missionary come October, a decision he said many of his peers don’t understand.

What they don’t realize, Troff said, is that he will be back. “Chess will always be part of my life.”

Lead image from Salt Lake Tribune
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