Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted a Grandmaster norm round robin tournament from December 19th to December 23rd, 2012. The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc, Chess.com, MonRoi, LawyerFy, the Law Offices of Steinfl & Bruno, EventForte Inc, and Betty Bottom Showroom.
This tournament was the 23rd in its series and was held in Suite C855 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament was organized by Ankit Gupta, FA, IO. The participants included: GM Artur Chibukhchian (ARM), GM Alejandro Ramirez (USA), GM Melikset Khachiyan (USA), IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Roman Yankovsky (RUS), IM Keaton Kiewra (USA), IM Victor Shen (USA), Samuel Sevian (USA), and IM Darwin Yang (USA).
The tournament was a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows – 19th: 7:00 PM, 20th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 21st: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 22nd: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 23rd: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM.
The tournament had an IM norm achieved by Samuel Sevian, who thereby completed all his IM norm requirements, making him IM-elect. He also tied for first in the event with a strong performance of 6.0/9.0, narrowly missing the GM norm by half a point. Keep updated with events by Metropolitan Chess, Inc, by visiting www.metrochessla.com.