Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted an International Master norm round robin tournament on February 22nd to 26th 2012.
This tournament is the 16th in its series and was held in Suite C1002 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament was a 10 player round-robin organized by Ankit Gupta, FA, IO and the chief arbiter was Randy Hough, IA.
The participants included: IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Larry Remlinger (USA), FM Alexander Kretchetov (RUS), FM Kayden Troff (USA), FM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA), CM Giovanni Carreto (MEX), NM Michael Bodek (USA), FM Philip Xiao Wang (USA) and Alexander King (USA).
The tournament was won by FM Philip Xiao Wang with a score of 6.5-2.5, who also secured his third and final IM norm.
The tournament was also notable for NM Alexander B King, who in just a short few months has seen his rating sky-rocket from around 2100 to over 2280. Through the Metropolitan Chess FIDE Qualifier series, he earned entry into the IM norm event, and ended with a respectable final score of 4.0 out of 9.0.
The tournament was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc, Chess.com, MonRoi, LawyerFy, the Law Offices of Steinfl & Bruno, and Betty Bottom Showroom.
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