Timur Gareev Wins 11th Metropolitan Invitational
By Ankit Gupta   
September 5, 2011
Timur Gareev at the Metropolitan International, Photo Betsy Dynako

Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted an International Grand Master norm round robin tournament on August 23 to 27 of 2011. The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc, Chess.com, MonRoi, LawyerFy, and Betty Bottom Showroom.

This tournament is the 11th in its series and was held in Suite C998 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament is organized by Ankit Gupta and the chief arbiter is Randy Hough. The participants included: IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Raja Panjwani (CAN), GM Timur Gareev (UZB), GM Melikset Khachiyan (USA), GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Mark Ginsburg (USA), IM Siddharth Ravichandran (IND), IM Mackenzie Molner (USA), and IM Levon Altounian (USA).

The tournament was a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows – 23rd: 7:00 PM, 24th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 25th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 26th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 27th: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM.

Final Standings

Name    Score
GM Timur Gareev    7.0

GM Dejan Bojkov    6.5
IM Zhanibek Amanov    5.5
IM Raja Panjwani    4.5
IM Siddharth Ravichanran    4.5
IM Mackenzie Molner    4.0
IM Andranik Matikozyan    4.0
GM Melikset Khachiyan    4.0
IM Levon Altounian    2.5
IM Mark Ginsburg    2.5
6.5 out of 9.0 was necessary for the GM norm. Going into the last round, IM Zhanibek Amanov needed a win to achieve a norm, however he was unable to beat the venerable IM Mark Ginsburg.

Keep updated with events by Metropolitan Chess, Inc, by visiting www.metrochessla.com and by visiting the standings page http://metrochessla.com/schedule.php  Also see the latest CLO report with a video by IceHat Creative on the Metropolitan Invitational, which GM Michael Adams won.