ABOUT JACK SWENSON
Jack Tran Swenson is an Honors High School student at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began playing Chess at 8 years old when he was introduced to Chess by his school’s Chess Club. He went on to be a Finalist in his first Best of Phoenix Chess Tournament and earned the distinction of being on the List of Top 100 Players under 12 yrs old in the US Chess Federation the following year. Jack has placed in the Top 5 in several ASCF and USCF tournaments since then. He is a 3-time Arizona State Chess Champion, having won 1st Place in the Governor’s Cup K-12 twice (2016, 2017) as well as the Best of Phoenix K-12 Arizona State Chess Championships (2015).
Jack is currently at his peak USCF Rating of 1966 and is on the List of Top 100 Players 18 yrs old and under in the US Chess Federation regardless of Country, Residence, or Federation. Jack continues to play chess locally and nationally and enjoys leading the High School Chess Club within his school. Jack is coached by International Master Joel Banawa.
Outside of Chess, Jack tutors fellow students in Math, Latin, and Spanish. Jack is also the Community Outreach Director for the Scottsdale Preparatory Rotary Interact Club and a Junior Board Member of the Scottsdale Sister Cities, whose mission is to promote the City of Scottsdale as an ambassador of international friendship and goodwill. In 2020, Jack received the Scottsdale Sister Cities Youth Leadership Award for exemplary leadership skills.
On the tennis court, Jack competed as a Southwest and National Juniors Tennis Player in the Winter National Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships and World Team Tennis Junior Nationals hosted by Billie Jean King. He was the recipient of the USTA Southwest Male Sportsmanship of the Year Award in 2015. Jack has also worked as an on-court companion and event volunteer at the Arizona Tennis Special Olympics since 2015. Most recently, Jack and his High School Varsity Tennis Team won the 2019 Arizona Division III State Championship. Jack was also named the 2019 Men's Regional Singles and Doubles Player of the Year.
"No one will regret the time dedicated to chess, as it will help in any profession."
I believe that Chess can help anyone. Playing Chess can improve memory and concentration and help you develop the mental grit, patience, and confidence to problem solve in all areas of your life -- including daily tasks, school work, tests, sports, and even video games!
My goal is to enable people of all ages and backgrounds who do not have the access or the funds for chess lessons and chess supplies to have the opportunity to learn this life-changing game. It has changed my life and I know it can change yours.
I hope you will join me on this journey to spread "Chess Peace"--- one chess piece at a time.