Adams Wins Metropolitan Chess International

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/23/11, 11:14 AM.

The top seed Michael Adams (pictured) triumphed at the 1st Metropolitan Chess International in Los Angeles, with a score of 7½/9.

In the 9-round Swiss event, Loek Van Wely was among the pack of half-dozen players a point behind on 6½/9.

Congratulations also to FM Michael Lee, who achieved an IM norm with his 5½/9 score.

The tournament was organised by NM Ankit Gupta for Metropolitan Chess. The Metropolitan Chess organisation aims to promote chess through community outreach and partnerships, and to provide opportunities for chess players through regular GM/IM norm tournaments.

Much of the event was covered live at TV, and is available for replay to premium members. Also, an excellent 5 minute professional video recap of the final rounds is available at Vimeo here, thanks to Ice Hat Creative, featuring interviews with several of the players.

Earlier videos of the tournament from Ice Hat Creative are available here and here (including an interview with Danny Rensch!).

The full results can be found at this page (scroll down past the schedule).

The top finishers were:

 Name Nat Elo Pts
 Michael Adams ENG 2715 7.5
 Loek Van Wely NED 2683 6.5
 Timur Gareev UZB 2613 6.5
 Robert Ruck HUN 2569 6.5
 Dejan Bojkov BUL 2544 6.5
 Mesgen Amanov TKM 2544 6.5
 Conrad Holt USA 2438 6.5
 Varuzhan Akobian USA 2613 6.0
 Darwin Yang USA 2434 6.0
 Robert Hungaski USA 2495 5.5
 Enrico Sevillano USA 2492 5.5
 Salvijus Bercys USA 2487 5.5
 Dmitry Gurevich USA 2479 5.5
 Andranik Matikozyan ARM 2451 5.5
 Mackenzie Molner USA 2447 5.5
 Levon Altounian USA 2431 5.5
 Daniel Rensch USA 2410 5.5
 Michael Lee USA 2395 5.5
 Mark Ginsburg USA 2387 5.5
 Siddharth Ravichandran IND 2387 5.5
 Zhanibek Amanov KAZ 2382 5.5
 William Duckworth USA 2352 5.5
 Keaton Kiewra USA 2351 5.5
 Garush Manukyan ARM 2292 5.5
 Kayden Troff USA 2282 5.5


Unfortunately, the games scores don't appear to be available at the official website at the moment.  If anyone has found them, please let me know!

UPDATE: Two games that won "best game of the round" prizes:


8586 reads 28 comments
6 votes


  • 5 years ago


    Both games are outstanding & changes after 14 move especially!!

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    he did not play.

  • 5 years ago


    hi everybody! does anyone know what happen to GM Paragua?

  • 5 years ago


    The win of the second game was pretty darn impressive.

  • 5 years ago


    The coverage of this event was terrible. How the organizer expects to foster chess 

    I will never know. We  get better coverage from eastern europe. This was run in the US. At least update the crosstable as the results come in. 

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i've added two games from memory to sonofpearl's article. both of these games won best game prizes.

    the organizers weren't trying to withhold the scores of the games; they just did not have anything set up to get the scores onto the internet. there were tons of games played, and the scoresheets are not very legible, so it takes a ton of hours of effort to get them to digital format. they should be thanked for their tremendous work in making the event happen!

    btw, for platinum+diamond members there are hours of coverage recorded for on-demand viewing at where you can see a lot of the best+critical games from the event, player interviews, etc.

  • 5 years ago


    Certainly it's disappointing to not have the games right away, but as GM Bojkov said, the organizers are working on it.  They have to all be entered manually (somewhere around 360 games or so by my rough estimate).  Believe me, the organizers have no wish to be "small-minded" or pull "stunts".

    While certain aspects of the tournament may have been less-than-perfect, here's something to remember:  A year ago, Metropolitan Chess barely existed.  Now, they are running serious international tournaments, a series of IM- and GM- norm tournaments, a Scholastic Camp where talented youths receive extensive instruction from world class GMs, etc., etc.  Sure, there are growing pains - but no one wants to promote chess in California more than Ankit and the rest of the Metropolitan Chess crew.  I also know that they very much want to make things even better, and take your feedback seriously.

    Just my .02

  • 5 years ago


    What a wonderful tournament exciting and fun all the way threw the event. This is great for chess in California I hope to see this event for many years to come.

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for the update GM Bojkov!

  • 5 years ago


    I'm as disappointed as anyone that there aren't any pgn games scores available from this tournament yet, but it's worth remembering that it's not a trivial matter to produce the file.

    AFAIK unless games are recorded automatically using a DGT board (which can also be subject to technical issues), then the pgn file must be created manually by playing through ALL the games (using the written scoresheets) on whatever software is being used and saving them one by one.  This is a laborious business for a tournament with lots of games and takes a long time. Cry

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    This is really bad for chess, and the tournament organizers should be made aware of how small-minded this seems.  If every tournament pulled a stupid stunt like this, everybody would lose interest in the game.

  • 5 years ago


    I'm interested in Kayden Troff's games and hope that he shows them to us if he gets the time to include them in another blog.

  • 5 years ago

    GM dbojkov

    Games will be available the next week. Ankit, Joel and some other volunteers are uploading them.

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  • 5 years ago


    Well that sucks!

  • 5 years ago


    Does anyone know if Kayden Troff's 5.5 was good enough for an IM norm?

  • 5 years ago


    Rizes, yeah, I know about the requirements for GM norms, I just would have guessed going in to this tournament that 2nd place would have met them all.

  • 5 years ago


    Poker face .... not so much.  Danny Rensch at 3.00.

    I suppose it does not matter that much when the cards are on the table.

  • 5 years ago


    "Conrad Holt's 6.5 wasn't enough for a GM norm? I wonder how close that was. I would have guessed going in that tied 2nd place in this field would get a GM norm."

    Gm norms have other criterias also, I believe.

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