Utah chess prodigy wins world title, shares his Mormon beliefs

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  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    This young lad looks like a fine fellow. And what a chess player! This is fantastic!

  • Sage of the Age Denver, CO
    Nov. 29, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    A most auspicious accomplishment! Keep up the good work, the home schooling, seminary, and the MO. Who knows; may even give the great Magnus a run at some point. A delightful story, a delightful example, a delightful person counter to a "what's in it for me" world.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Nov. 29, 2012 2:25 a.m.

    Outstanding! What great experiences Kayden must be having. I enjoyed getting to know this young man a little and he certainly is an impressive guy. I hope he goes from this success to a lifetime of winning, in chess along with every other pursuit he might decide to take on. Somebody is doing a fine job of parenting by helping Kayden put it all in the proper perspective. Keep it up, you have more fans than you can imagine.

  • tesuji LITTLETON, CO
    Nov. 28, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Nice story. Great kid and family.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Kudos to Kayden!

    FWIW, Computers have enough speed and memory now to map the complete predeterminant game tree of chess, this means it prefigures all possible moves of a chess board and all counter moves and can do so in a matter of seconds.

    As a result, it is no longer a game to a computer, because there's really no element of making a mistake, or "gambits" (the stuff that makes chess exciting), it's all a matter of selecting the moves that lead to the most possible wins. Ideally a human mind might function the same way, but they tend to see four or five moves ahead (good player), considering favorable outcomes from that perspective.

    When a computer can see ALL moves ahead, it's kinda unrealistic to expect human players to do much more than force a stalemate.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Congratulations, Kayden!

    cjb - computers have advanced to the point nowadays that the best chess program on a sufficiently powerful computer beats anybody, even the adult world champion. However, Kayden can checkmate a junior high club standout or what my son calls "a neighborhood chess bully" (rating level around 1000) in about 12 moves. If you want to get an idea of how you would fare against Kayden come to a local chess tournament. You probably will not get to play Kayden, but your score against a number of rated opponents will give you an idea and possibly some motivation to improve.

    JSB has a point. We would benefit from giving chess more spotlight. Chess can be used to teach important skills and principles such as - choices and consequences, recognizing patterns of danger, considering the possible counterarguments to your great idea, making a good decision under time pressure, recognizing the weakness of your own reasoning, and many others, humility in particular.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    Oh what a feeling to have advanced to this evel at a young age, shows maturity as well as determination.

    This is great.

    Good job Kayden.

    Good job DN for bringing this to the forefront.

  • daveb Sandy, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    This is the second news story I have read about Kayden, and each time it just keeps getting better! What a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations! :)

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    I would like to see him play the best computer chess programs. I'd pay on pay for view if he would agree to do it.

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    Nov. 24, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Congrats to Kayden and also to his proud parents! You all did good!

  • Nita Harris Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Congratulations, Kayden!!!

  • piecefulchaos West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    This is Kayden's Dad. Thanks for all the great comments! We just posted two videos to Youtube showing Kayden after he won the final match for the Gold Medal. The first one is titled "After the Fire" and the other is titled "Gold!!!". You can find both on the Piecefulchaos Youtube channel. It's really quite fun to watch this mostly uncut video of Kayden and to see his personality and warmth shine through. It's also great to see Garry Kasparov give him a big hug on the medal stand! That was a priceless moment! :)

  • RCS Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    What a wonderful young man: he has religious values and beliefs he has the courage to share with others, and he has learned at a young age to work hard and follow his dreams. Most adults could learn a lot from this young Champion! Best Wishes!

  • James1105 BOAZ, AL
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    Congratulations, Kayden, on your great achievement! I'm jealous, but very happy for you! I used to be serious about Chess myself when I was in Elementary and Junior High schools, but I didn't stick with it.

    Stick with it!!!

    Another "Searching for Bobby Fisher" prodigy! Great to have one in Utah, and a Mormon too boot!

    I'll be following you!

    Take care!

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Props to the young man. We'll claim him as one of our own, here in Utah. A unique talent, for sure. My pea brain mind can't even imagine what he sees/contimplates, as he scans over the board, just prior to going for the knock out punch.

    Great job Kayden!

  • Herby Hurricane, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    What does Kayden's success at chess have anything to do with football? Maybe you were picked on JSB by some football players when you were younger but that doesn't mean all football players are bad. Leave the football players out of this story and give some props to Kayden.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 23, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Maybe I've missed other stories about him in the past, but this is the first time I have heard about Kayden. He's an outstanding young man who has world wide fame--except in Utah. Now if he was an all state quarterback, we'd here about him every day in the newspapers. Something seems disproportionate here. Congratulations to you, Kayden. You're more of a credit to the State of Utah than all the high school football players in the past decade.