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1st Metropolitan International: Adams to Play Print E-mail
By Ankit Gupta   
March 15, 2011
GM Michael Adams, Photo Tara MacGowran
For one of the first times ever, super-Grandmaster Michael Adams (ENG) -- World # 24 -- is coming to the West Coast of the United States to play in a tournament that will have the opportunity at GM/IM norms.

In August 2011, GM Mickey Adams will participate in the 1st Metropolitan International to be hosted by Metropolitan Chess in downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the fashion district.

The 1st Metropolitan International will run from August 17th to August 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Already several GMs are committed, including the likes of GM Mickey Adams (ENG), GM Loek van Wely (NED), GM Ilya Smirin (ISR) and many more.

The tournament already has 18 registered foreign players, and should shortly hit 20 foreign players, making norm requirements lax. Swiss System tournaments in which the competitors include at least 20 FIDE Rated players, not from the host federation, do not require individual foreign player requirements for norms.

Combined with a rating floor required for the tournament of 2200 FIDE (players lower rated than 2200 FIDE must contact and be approved by the organizers), and a minimum % of Grandmasters, the tournament has been created with intent on the absolute maximum norm possibilities.

From the elaborate opening ceremony sponsored by Fashion Business, Inc, to the hand selected venue, to the one board per table promise, and the super-Grandmasters invited, every effort is being made to enhance the quality of the event to bring the players a chess event unlike any other "Open" in the States -- not an event to miss, especially if you are seeking norms.

More information about the tournament, including our pre-registered player list, is available at the official website.