Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted an International Master norm round robin tournament on November 9th to 11th of 2011. The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc,, MonRoi, LawyerFy, and Betty Bottom Showroom.

This tournament is the 12th in its series and was held in Suite C998 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079.

The tournament was organized by Ankit Gupta. The participants included:

IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ),
IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM),
IM Timothy Taylor (USA),
FM Harutyan Akopyan (USA),
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (USA),
NM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA),
Vadim Kudryavtsev (RUS),
FM Dale Haessel (CAN),
FM Michael Casella (USA),
and FM Kayden Troff (USA).

The tournament was a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows – 9th: 7:00 PM, 10th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 11th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 12th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 13th: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM.

Standings after round 9:

Name Score

IM Zhanibek Amanov 6.5
FM Harutyan Akopyan 6.5
FM Konstantin Kavutskiy 5.5
IM Taylor Timothy 5.0
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 5.0
Vadim Kudryavtsev 4.5
IM Andranik Matikozyan 4.0
FM Michael Casella 3.0
FM Kayden Troff 3.0
FM Dale Haessel 2.0

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6.5 out of 9.0 was necessary for the IM norm. Going into the last round, FM Harutyan Akopyan needed a draw to achieve a norm, and after the start of the round he seemed as if he was worse — however he was able to eventually equalize and clinch the necessary draw.

That game can be found below:

[Event “12th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational”]
[Site “Los Angeles”]
[Date “2011.11.13”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Casella, Michael”]
[Black “Akopyan, Harutyun”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C56”]
[WhiteElo “2268”]
[BlackElo “2233”]
[PlyCount “43”]
[EventDate “2011.11.09”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “9”]
[EventCountry “USA”]
[SourceDate “2011.11.13”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5 Qd5 10. Nc3 Qf5 11. Nce4 Bf8 12. Nxf7 Kxf7 13. Ng5+ Kg8 14. Nxe6 Qxf6 15. Bg5 Qf5 16. c3 h6 17. Bh4 dxc3 18. bxc3 Bd6 19. Nd4 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Qd3 21. Qg4 Kh7 22. Re3 1/2-1/2

Ankit Gupta, NM
Metropolitan Chess, Inc.
P.O. Box 25112
Los Angeles, CA 90025-0112

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