1st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational Midway Report

  • NM Gupta688
  • on 11/15/10, 10:54 AM.

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.

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  • 6 years ago

    NM Gupta688

    Annotations to the Banawa - Yankovsky game can be found at the following:


  • 6 years ago


    Great games, can't wait to watch this in chess.com/tv I hope they broadcast this event there. And nice sponsorship of our beloved chess.com, keep it up guys and more power.

  • 6 years ago


    Here's a link to some more great photos of the participants in this event.  I think the portrait of Glendale's WFM Tatev Abrahamyan is particularly striking.


  • 6 years ago


    Wow, Go Zhanibek ! 

  • 6 years ago

    IM dpruess


    that's just rude and ignorant. to be honest, a player of your level can't judge the difference between games played by 2300 and 2400 and 2500 players. if the ratings weren't attached, you wouldn't know which were which.

    and even if you could, it's still just mean to call people weak with no other purpose to the comment.

    in my opinion, this is a perfectly interesting tournament, with perfectly good quality games; and most people who either know the participants or are 2400 fide or lower would find it worthwhile to follow.

  • 6 years ago

    NM Gupta688

    Standings enlarged. Let me know if anything else is desired. Annotations to the Joel Banawa - Roman Yankovsky game will be linked shortly.

  • 6 years ago


    Alekhine_II wrote:

    why did chess.com even bother to post these games ?? these people are clearly amatuers !

    where's the world blitz ???

    These players, in most cases, aren't amateurs.  They are IMs and FMs.  This is a small tournament, yes, but with some representation from outside the US, including Russia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.  It is of considerable local interest, even though it may have none for you.  Furthermore, chess.com is a sponsor of this event and has every reason to "bother" covering it.


  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    wow roman. After that first loss he is like an injured lion.

  • 6 years ago


    the comment below me is full of stupidity this news is not a joke you idiot

    I do love the outcome of the initial stage

    TY chess.com

  • 6 years ago


    Ha ha, Hippie Chips !

    Available at Whole Foods Markets.

    To meow159 above.  Jeez, lighten up, dude.  You don't even know what you are criticizing. I like Hippie Chips.  And I even told everyone where they can buy them.  I think it's cool they are sponsoring the event.  Heaven knows there are precious few sponsors waiting around to support chess. 

  • 6 years ago


    wow last game was a fail

  • 6 years ago


    Great games! the guy miscalculated badely in the miniature there..

  • 6 years ago


    Can't wait for GM Melik's tv show! 

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