The first weekend of games from the Metropolitan FIDE Invitational are complete. The tournament is being organized by Metropolitan Chess inside the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles, and is being sponsored by www.chess.com, LawyerFy, Fashion Business, Inc, Betty Bottom, and Hippie Chips.
Standings can be found below:
IM Zhanibek Amanov has taken a huge lead at the mid-way point with a score of 4.5 out of 5.0 and a very respectable tournament performance of 2691 FIDE. Out of the norm contenders, SM Roman Yankovsky sits comfortably with 3.5 out of 5.0 and a tournament performance of 2515 FIDE. He needs 2.5 out of the remaining 4.0 matches to secure an IM norm.
Below is a photo of the tournament leader, IM Zhanibek Amanov, in action:
Left to Right: FM Alexandre Kretchetov, IM Zhanibek Amanov. Photo Credit: Chris Roberts.
Below are some games profiling the current success of both IM Zhanibek Amanov and SM Roman Yankovsky in the tournament.
Another report after the tournament is over will be posted. Please give us your feedback and leave comments on what you would like to see. Next week on Sunday, November 21st, starting at 4:30 PM Pacific Standard Time, Grandmaster Melikset Khachiyan will be giving live commentary via www.chess.com/tv broadcast for the 9th round games of the invitational.