February 23rd to 27th of 2011 in Los Angeles, USA
The 3rd Metropolitan FIDE Invitational which was run by Metropolitan Chess concluded this weekend. FM Philip Xiao Wang and FM Joel Banawa both achieved their first IM norms with 6.5 out of 9.0. It is coincidental to note that these two tied for first at the closed Southern California State Championship last year, before again tying for 2nd at this norm tournament and both achieving their IM norms. IM Jacek Stopa took clear first with 7.0 out of 9.0.
The tournament was organized by Ankit Gupta and directed by Randy Hough and Michael Belcher. It was sponsored by California Market Center, Fashion Business, Inc, Chess.com, LawyerFy, and Betty Bottom Showroom.
1. IM Jacek Stopa (POL 2451) – 7.0
2-3. FM Philip Wang (USA 2317) and FM Joel Banawa (USA 2347) – 6.5
4-5. FM Alexandre Kretchetov (RUS 2323) and CM Giovanni Nieto Carreto (MEX 2232) – 5.0
6-7. FM Michael Casella (USA 2249) and IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ 2421) – 4.0
8. NM Kayden Troff (USA 2247) – 3.0
9. IM Timothy Taylor (USA 2314) – 2.5
10. NM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA 2170) – 1.5