The fourth round of the Kortchnoi Master Tournament rather extended the leaders' group than to decrease it. The games on the top boards were drawn, while Eltaj Safarli joined the top of the field with a win over GM Milos Pavlovic. Before the 5th round, there are six players with 3,5 out of 4 ahead of the pack with no less than 14 players having 3 points. Alexei Shirov again missed to catch up after allowing another draw, this time against the German IM Klaus Klundt.
Today's 5th round will have the following encounters:
|1||10||GM||Bauer Christian||2619||3½||3½||GM||Safarli Eltaj||2680||2|
|2||4||GM||Rakhmanov Aleksandr||2665||3½||3½||GM||Tregubov Pavel V.||2579||13|
|3||6||GM||Berkes Ferenc||2648||3½||3½||GM||Ivanisevic Ivan||2633||9|
In the Main Tournament, only two players are left with a clean score so far: Gustavo Zaldivar and Heinz Vifian and, of course, they will be paired in round 5 to set the course for the possible winner of this section. But the pack is not far off; four players are only half a point away and only waiting for the leaders to slip.
|1||29||Zaldivar Gustavo||1859||4||4||Vifian Heinz||1886||19|
|2||4||Hirt Markus||1972||3½||3½||Ly Nguyen||1869||26|
|3||13||Studer Vital||1916||3½||3½||Schneider Marcel||1945||7|