• $100,000 Prize Fund in 5 sections with 9 round International at the New York Ramada
    Three IM norms for USA players: Josh Waitzkin (subject of the Oscar-nominated film "Searching for Boby Fischer"), Joseph Fang and Tal Shaked.
  • Seven players with 7-2 tied for first
    • GM Alexander Goldin, Russia
    • GM Jaan Ehlvest, Estonia
    • GM Joel Benjamin, USA
    • GM Lev Alburt, USA
    • GM Utut Adianto, RIN
    • GM Ferdinand Hellers, Sweden
    • IM Ilya Gurevich, USA
      GM Ilya Gurevich with GM Alex Yermolinsky
      Photographs by Jerome Bibuld

    At 6 were GMs Loek Van Wely, Netherlands, Gregory Kaidanov, USA and Artaches Minassian, Armenia