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Samuel Sevian completes IM norm

Samuel Sevian

Samuel Sevian

Metropolitan Chess, Inc. hosted a Grandmaster norm round robin tournament from December 19th to December 23rd, 2012. World U12 Champion Samuel Sevian completed an IM norm, and thereby reached all his IM title requirements, making him IM-elect. He also tied for first in the event with a strong performance of 6.0/9.0, narrowly missing the GM norm by half a point.

This tournament was the 23rd in its series and was held in Suite C855 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament was organized by Ankit Gupta, FA, IO. Metropolitan Chess was a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows – 19th: 7:00 PM, 20th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 21st: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 22nd: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 23rd: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM. The participants included: GM Artur Chibukhchian (ARM), GM Alejandro Ramirez (USA), GM Melikset Khachiyan (USA), IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM), IM Roman Yankovsky (RUS), IM Keaton Kiewra (USA), IM Victor Shen (USA), Samuel Sevian (USA), and IM Darwin Yang (USA).

More about Samuel Sevian

Sevian played his first tournament in Orlando on August 12, 2006. His first success came when he became the youngest Expert in US history, an achievement that was featured in an article of the Los Angeles Times by International Master Jack Peters. On December 19, 2010 Samuel Sevian broke yet another major record by becoming youngest ever National Master in the US chess history. In 2012 Samuel Sevian achieved two International Master Norms winning two Metropolitan IM Norm tournaments in a row held in Los Angeles. He became the World Champion in the U12 category, held in Maribor Slovenia, Nov 7-19 2012. His pre-tournament (FIDE) rating at the World Youth was 2347, almost 100 points above his nearest competitor.

Sevian earned a spot on both the 2009 and 2010 All-America Chess Team. In 2009, at the age of eight, Sevian defeated his first National Master in tournament play. In January 2010 with a FIDE rating of 2119,[4] he became the highest rated chess player in the world for his age.[5] He also qualified for the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship, and has reached the norms for the USCF Candidate Master title.

* On December 19, 2010, his rating rose from 2186 to 2206, making him at 9 years, 11 months and 23 days, the youngest-ever American master.

* On June 10, 2012, he won the 19th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational earning his first IM norm.[citation needed]

* On July 15, he won the 20th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational earning his second IM norm.

His coach is an Armenian IM Andranik Matikozian, who currently lives in Los Angeles.


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