The tournament at the Cumberland Hotel in London was a triumph for the home players, particularly for Speelman, who has been short of tournament victories in recent years. When the last round began, he led the field by half a point but was uncharacteristically on the defensive for most of the game against the Russian master Sherbakov. Finally, after four hours play, Speelman found a way to save himself further hard work by liquidating into a drawn end game and ensure himself a share of first place.
The only question that remained was whether David Norwood could make it a triple tie for first place. Playing Igor Ivanov, an ex-Russian, naturalised Canadian who plays for the United States, Norwood had a typically complex and murky game. Eventually when all possibilities were exhausted, a draw was agreed.Reuse content