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© 2019 Chess Peace AZ created by Jack Tran Swenson

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, and went on to be a Finalist in his first Best of Phoenix Chess Tournament the following year. He earned the distinction of being on the List of Top 100 Players under 12 yrs old in the US Chess Federation.  Jack has placed in the Top 5 in several ASCF and USCF tournaments since then, including winning 1st Place in the Governor’s Cup K-12 and in the Best of Phoenix K-12 Arizona State Chess Championships two years in a row. He is currently at his peak USCF Rating of 1930. 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. 

 

In addition to Chess, Jack has tutored fellow students in Math and Latin, and currently tutors students in Spanish.  Jack is an active Member and Treasurer of 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. 

 

On the Tennis court, Jack is a competitive Southwest and National Tennis Player, having competed in the Winter National Championships, USTA Zone Team Championships and World Team Tennis Junior Nationals hosted by Billie Jean King. He has also been a Sponsor and Volunteer at the Tennis Special Olympics AZ since 2014. In 2015, Jack was awarded the USTA Southwest Male Sportsmanship of the Year Award. Most recently, Jack and his High School Tennis Teammates 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."

-Tigran Petrosian