Sevillano Wins Metropolitan IM Norm Tourney
By Ankit Gupta   
February 1, 2012
Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted an International Master norm round robin tournament on January 25th to 29th 2012. The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc,, MonRoi, LawyerFy, and Betty Bottom Showroom.

This tournament is the 15th in its series and was held in Suite C1002 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament was organized by Ankit Gupta and the chief arbiter was Randy Hough. The participants included: IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Enrico Sevillano (USA), FM Harutyan Akopyan (USA), FM Mark Duckworth (USA), FM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA), Vadim Kudryavtsev (RUS), Garush Manukyan (ARM), and NM Craig Clawitter (USA).

The tournament was a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows - 25th: 7:00 PM, 26th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 27th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 28th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 29th: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM.

The tournament was won by IM Enrico Sevillano in a convincing fashion with a score of 7.5-1.5. No norms were achieved. The only non international master who was able to hold IM Sevillano to a draw -- FM Konstantin Kavutskiy -- came closest to an IM norm performance with a score of 5.5-3.5. 6.5 was necessary for the norm.

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