|Philip Wang Wins 16th Metropolitan Invitational|
|By Ankit Gupta|
|March 8, 2012|
Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted an International Master norm round robin tournament on February 22nd to 26th 2012. The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc, Chess.com, MonRoi, LawyerFy, the Law Offices of Steinfl & Bruno, and Betty Bottom Showroom.
The ten-player robin was the 16th 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, FA, IO and chief arbiter was Randy Hough, IA. The participants included: IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Larry Remlinger (USA), FM Alexander Kretchetov (RUS), FM Kayden Troff (USA), FM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA), CM Giovanni Carreto (MEX), NM Michael Bodek (USA), FM Philip Xiao Wang (USA) and Alexander King (USA).
FM Philip Xiao Wang won the tournament with a score of 6.5-2.5, along the way securing his third and final IM norm. See his final ninth round game against FM and CLO contributor Konstantin "Kostya" Kavutskiy: