After the drawing of lots Svidler faces Nakamura and Carlsen his own compatriot Kjetil Lie in the opening round of the exclusive rapid tournament Aker Chess Challenge in Gjøvik, Norway.The playing schedule will be this:

Friday 2/1
Round 2 kl 1320: Svidler (white) – Nakamura and Carlsen – Lie
Round 2 kl 1440: Svidler – Carlsen and Nakamura – Lie

Saturday 3/1
Round 3 kl 1320: Carlsen – Nakamura and Lie – Svidler
Round 4 kl 1440: Lie – Carlsen and Nakamura – Svidler

Sunday 4/1
Round 5 kl 1420: Carlsen – Svidler and Lie – Nakamura
Round 6 kl 1540: Svidler – Lie and Nakamura – Carlsen

Monday 5/1
Final and bronze final at 1300 and 1420

After 4 rounds of the Gjøvik 100th Anniversary tournament, the GM quartet Malakhato (BEL), Kulaots (EST), Gopal (IND) and de Firman (USA) leads the with 3 1/2 points each. Top seeds Tiviakov (NED), Savchenko (RUS), Mchedlishvili (GEO) and Bartel (POL) are among the ten players at 3 points. This tournament is probably the strongest Swiss event ever in Norway. The international chess festival of Gjøvik consists of a number of different tournaments for players of all levels and ages.

Official website: www.gjovikfestival.sjakkweb.no

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