After three rounds, five players are leading the Kortchnoi Open Master Tournament with a clean score of 3 points out of three games and all the three of them are grandmasters: GM Ivan Ivanisevic (Serbia), GM Ferenc Berkes (Hungary), GM Pavel Tregubov (Russia), GM Milos Pavlovic (Serbia) and GM Christian Bauer (France). They are trailed by 7 players with 2,5 points each, among them the Grandmasters Imre Hera and Alexandr Rakhmanov. Top favorite Alexei Shirov stumbled again; this time he drew with the strong FM Andrey Esipenko from Russia.

Today's 4th round will start at 5 pm with the following top encounters:

Board No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg   No.
1 13 GM Tregubov Pavel V. 2579 3   3 GM Berkes Ferenc 2648   6
2 9 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2633 3   3 GM Bauer Christian 2619   10
3 2 GM Safarli Eltaj 2680   3 GM Pavlovic Milos 2495   16
4 3 GM Van Wely Loek 2669   GM Zhigalko Andrey 2577   14
5 17 FM Esipenko Andrey 2492   GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2665   4
6 5 GM Motylev Alexander 2658   GM Hera Imre (junior) 2608   12

 

In the Main Tournament, 7 players are on top with a clean score, among them the very talented Swiss U16 player Jannik Bounlom. The leaders clash today with the following pairings:

Board No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg   No.
1 7 Schneider Marcel 1945 3   3 Ly Nguyen 1869   26
2 9 Brand Thomas 1928 3   3 Zaldivar Gustavo 1859   29
3 19 Vifian Heinz 1886 3   3 Bounlom Jannik 1855   30
4 31 Juciute Einora 1852 3   Hirt Markus 1972   4
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