Press release:

SVIDLER WON AKER CHESS CHALLENGE IN NORWAY AHEAD OF CARLSEN

Russian champion Peter Svidler (32) won the last rapid game against home favourite Magnus Carlsen (18) to win the Aker Chess Challenge in Gjøvik, Norway. After drawing his black game of the final easily, Carlsen was better in his white game, but he suddenly overlooked a mortal counterchance. Both players had only quite few seconds left on the clock, and Carlsen had only very few when he made the grand mistake.Hikaru Nakamura (21) won the bronze final against Kjetil A. Lie (28). After winning his white game clearly, Nakamura had problems with black, but got the opportunity to sacrifice a rook nicely and force a draw.

After 7 rounds of the Gjøvik chess club 100th anniversary swiss tournament GMs Malakhato (Belgium 2633), Gopal (India 2548) and Kveynis (Lithauania 2533) share the lead with 5 1/2 points ahead of top seeds Tiviakov, Savchenko and the rest of the strong 70 players field.

During last weekend Boris Savchenko (Russia 2648) won the Open Norwegian rapid chess championship (170 players) ahead of Mchedlishvili (Georgia 2615), Malakhato and Norwegian IM Eirik Gullaksen (2400) who all achieved 6 1/2 points from 8 rounds.
For more information, games, and photos, see: www.gjovikfestival.sjakkweb.no

PHOTO:

Prize giving at the Aker Chess Challenge in Gjøviik, Norway. Peter Svidler of Russia (left) beat Magnus Carlsen in the final, while Hikaru Nakamura of USA beat Kjetil A. Lie, both with 1 1/2 – 1/2. Between them Jannik Lindbæk, senior vice president of the sponsor company Aker Solutions.

best regards from Norway,
Øystein Brekke
chairman of the organizing committee of Gjøvik chess festival 2008-09

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