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Jack currently attends the University of California, Berkeley, where he plays on the UC Berkeley Chess Team. 


Jack 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 was on the List of the 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 while playing on the UC Berkeley Chess Team.  


Outside of Chess, Jack is a Member of the Cal Rotaract Club and mentored a local Berkeley student as part of the Bridging Berkeley Program. Jack also competes for the Cal Club Tennis Team and was a Southwest and National Juniors Tennis Player. 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. 


"No one will regret the time dedicated to chess, as it will help in any profession."

-Tigran Petrosian

my MIssion


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.

— Jack Tran Swenson

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