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Metropolitan International Final Weekend

  • IM dpruess
  • on 11/20/10, 12:01 AM.

The second half of the Metropolitan FIDE Invitational, held at the Metropolitan Chess Club in downtown Los Angeles, will be played this Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21. The tournament is sponsored by Chess.com, LawyerFy, Fashion Business, Inc, and Hippie Chips. Games will be broadcast on chess.com's live server for rounds 6, 7, 8, and 9. Rounds are at 11 and 4:30 pacific each day. Additionally, there will be live chess.com/tv coverage during round 9, featuring Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan and members of the tournament.

IM Amanov leads, while FM Yankovsky has the best chance at a coveted IM norm. Here are the current standings:

 

 

In addition to watching the games live on chess.com, you can get a better flavor of the tournament through the excellent photographs of Chris Roberts here.  Here is a small selection of pictures I really appreciated:

 

Garush Manukyan stepped in at the last minute when one player failed to show up. I love this action shot!

 

 

 

Joel Banawa is a tough competitor, but you can see that he's also a nice guy in this shot.

 

Kostya Kavutskiy is serious at the start of his game with Sevillano. He also provides the following annotations to his upset win against IM Taylor, which was followed with great interest last week:

 

 

 

One of the best things about chess tournaments: post-game analysis. Here four players and one arbiter gather around the board to learn and have fun!

 

 

The club also attracts chess players not participating in the event. In this photo, you can catch a glimpse of a Great chess player.

Next FMs Yankovsky and Banawa have given us the chance to see notes on a very intense game by both the winner:

 

 

and by the loser:

 

 

 

 

Come watch and discuss the games live, and don't miss out on GM Khachiyan's commentary Sunday, which will be open to basic members.

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  • 4 years ago

    pdela

    was good

    details that may help if you do broadcast more often:

    -separate tabs for analysis and broadcasts.

    -put the name of the players in each side instead of the name of transcriber in both

    -pop ups announcing a broadcast is starting in the same fashion that the pop ups you get when someone challenge you in live chess.

    those things may help to catch attention and clarify things between live players 

     

    good job there!

  • 4 years ago

    qixel

    Good commentary by Khachiyan.  I was able to watch for an hour or so.

    Nice exclusive coverage by chess.com.  It seemed to work very well.  No glitches that I was aware of.  I hope for more event broadcasts in the future. Looking forward to the Berkeley Tournament especially. 

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks for the feedback; and i'm glad you liked it!

  • 4 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Melik did a very nice job analyzing on chess.com/tv.

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    the last round is now live. all 5 games are being relayed in live chess, and GM Khachiyan is commenting on chess.com/tv

  • 4 years ago

    garniktalavera

    Melik Khachiyan, Tatev Abrahamyan, Garush Manukyan....

    Armenian power in California!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    that's right, Amy! that was the "Great chess player" I was referring too :-)

    Yesterday the broadcasters did a great job, and showed at least 4 of the evening round games. Here are the standings after 7 rounds:

    As you can see Amanov continues to be in outstanding form, and IM Sevillano has also caught fire, so he will chase him for first place today. Meanwhile, Banawa and Yankovsky have chances at norms but will have to play really well today.

    More coverage today, including GM Khachiyan's first chess.com/tv appearance!! and one that's open to basic members, so no one should miss it!

  • 4 years ago

    qixel

    Nice photos.  David, I see one of the photos is of the Great Carlini, a famous local Los Angeles chess player.

    Here's a YouTube video of the Great Carlini playing chess in Carson, CA.

    Amy

  • 4 years ago

    cantonior

    congratssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss on your tournament...all the best

  • 4 years ago

    Balachandar

    Thank you dpruess sir. Looking forward.
  • 4 years ago

    Balachandar

    Thank you dpruess sir. Looking forward.
  • 4 years ago

    restinpeace

    Is Joel Banawa a Filipino? he looks like but I'm kinda confuse why he's carrying the flag of USA? Nevertheless, nice games and goodluck for all the competitors. GODSPEED.

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    games are currently live!

    Balachandar, i'm not in touch with any tournament organizers in India, but i would love to help out in India as well. we are just at the beginning of starting to form collaborative relationships with tournament organizers, and it's easiest to start with a few organizers i already know personally in the u.s. but i can ask some of my Indian friends to help me connect with Indian organizers in the future.

  • 4 years ago

    NM Gupta688

    Qxf2 is briefly mentioned in the notes by Banawa. It is a theoretical response that tends to lead to an unclear position. Because of White's threat of Nc7+ and the looseness of Black's Knight on e5 (due to the threat of h3), Black has some problems to resolve if he snaps the pawn on f2 immediately.

  • 4 years ago

    terfand

    whats wrong with move 9... Qxf2+? It gets pawn without losing anything.

  • 4 years ago

    glennlmagnase

    if chess.com will come here to the philippines & sponsoring tournament 100% i will join. the fact that i nearly becoming a millioner cause i nearly won the phillipine grand lotto about 500million jackpot prize a bit slip to my hand, and if i won on that prize i will give it all & donate to chess.com, hoping this night this time cant scape to my hand.

  • 4 years ago

    Balachandar

    Chess.com should also sponsor tournaments in India.
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