IM Amanov Leads the Metropolitan FIDE Invitational
By Ankit Gupta and Kostya Kavutskiy   
November 17, 2010
The Metropolitan FIDE Invitational held insidethe Metropolitan Chess Club in downtownLos Angeles is at the halfway point. The tournament is being sponsored by www.chess.com, LawyerFy, Fashion Business, Inc,and HippieChips.

After five rounds a clear leader has emerged in IMZhanibek Amanov who has a score of 4 ½ - ½ with a performance of 2691 FIDE.Amanov got his International Master title in 2008 and his most recentachievement was 2nd place at 2009 Asian Junior Championship in Sri Lanka.


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Left to Right. IM Zhanibek Amanov, SM Roman Yankovsky. Photo Credit: Chris Roberts

Tied for second are IM Enrico Sevillano and SM RomanYankovsky each with 3 ½ - 1 ½. Yankovsky is leading the group out of the normcontenders. The complete standings are below:

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The later rounds approaching the mid-way pointproduced a lot of intense games with the norm contenders pushing aggressively. See one of the tournament leaders wins and check back after the event concludes for in-depth analysis by Banawa and Yankovsky.




Stay tuned for the conclusion of the tournament onNovember 20th and 21st, and watch the live broadcast on www.chess.com for the final rounds.