Monday, August 22, 2011

1st Metropolitan Chess International

This L.A. organizer brought in a big gun in GM Mickey Adams (he's so cute with the English nose of his!)  Adams is fresh off his win at the British Chess Championships.  GM Loek Van Wely has been appearing in a lot of U.S. tournaments.  Is he now a GM for hire?  If so, good for him, and Mickey Adams, too!  It's a way to make a living but he still has to play damn good chess.  All too often in these big U.S. events 6,7,8,9 or even 10 players tie for first place and the upshot is that hardly anyone takes home a decent paycheck! 

Note: This event was also called the 1st Metropolitan FIDE Invitational
1st Metropolitan International (Los Angeles USA)
Wed 17th Aug 2011 - Sun 21st Aug 2011
1st Metropolitan Int (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

1st Metropolitan Int Los Angeles USA Wed 17th Aug 2011 - Sun 21st Aug 2011
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1Michael AdamsENG27157.5
2Loek Van WelyNED26836.5
3Timur GareevUZB26136.5
6Robert RuckHUN25696.5
7Dejan BojkovBUL25446.5
8Mesgen AmanovTKM25446.5
16Conrad HoltUSA24386.5

The ladies who played in the event finished below 50%:

45Alisa MelekhinaUSA22633.5
61Lorena ZepedaESA21873.5
74Amanda MateerUSA20963.5
32Tatev AbrahamyanUSA23433
77Sonia ZepedaESA20683

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