Aker Chess Challenge and Gjøvik Chess Festival photo report

Svidler leading the main event, 8 share the lead at the open GM tournament

8 players share the lead at the open GM event of the Gjøvik Chess Festival. After the 6th round there are many players tied at the top with equal 4,0/6 points – GM Boris Savchenko, GM Vadim Malakhatko, GM Mateusz Bartel, GM Sergei Tiviakov, GM Kaido Kulaots, GM Geetha.N. Gopal, GM Aloyzas Kveinys, and GM Nick E De Firmian. Saturday was a rest day and the games will continue on Sunday. The top pairings are Tiviakov – Gopal, Aloyzas – Savchenko, Malakhatko – De Firmian, Kulaots – Bartel.

In the parallel Aker Chess Challenge rapid competition GM Svidler became a sole leader after today’s round 3 and 4 matches. He collected a full point from GM Lie and made a valuable draw with black against GM Nakamura. Here are all the results and standings after round 4.

1. round

Svidler – Nakamura 1-0

Carlsen – Lie 1-0

2. round

Svidler – Carlsen ½-½

Nakamura – Lie 1-0

3. round

Carlsen – Nakamura 0-1

Lie – Svidler 0-1

4. round

Nakamura – Svidler ½-½

Lie – Carlsen 0-1


1. Svidler 3,0/4

2-3. Nakamura, Carlsen 2,5/4

4. Lie 0,0/4

Photos from Gjøvik Chess Festival

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GM Carlsen recovered with a victory against GM Lie

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Svidler managed to hold the top position with a draw against Nakamura


GM Malakhatko, one of the leaders of the open GM, against IM Frode

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GM Nick de Firmian also among the leaders

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One of the young stars of the event, Jon Ludvig Hammer, against GM Tiviakov

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