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Magnus Carlsen in Norwegian Chess Festival

Carlsen, Svidler, Nakamura and Kjetil A. Lie to play at Gjøvik chess festival

Magnus Carlsen faces Peter Svidler (Russia), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Kjetil A. Lie in a Super rapid tournament in Gjøvik, Norway from January 2nd to 5th.
The tournament has about the same format as the Mainz Classic, with a double round tournament followed by final and bronze final games. The Norwegian audience will be eager to see Magnus Carlsen on home-ground again, since he does not play a single tournament game in Norway during 2008.

The rapid contest is part of a chess festival with a big and varied program, held on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Gjøvik chess club. The festival starts on December 29th, and the main tournament is a 9 round GM-Swiss open to players with a rating above 2100. Reigning European champion Sergei Tiviakov (NL) 2686 is the highest rated player of the preliminary list of participants. There is also a parallel group open for all players rated below 2100.

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Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler

Gjøvik has been hosting some big chess events in the past. Simen Agdestein played an important role both in 1983 when at 16 he beat Spassky in the 75th anniversary tournament and became an IM, in 1985 when he became Nordic champion and Grandmaster at 18 (just then the youngest in the world!) and in 1991 when he drew a classical mini-match with Karpov 2-2.

The home page of the festival provides material in Norwegian, English and German language.

Festival program:

Opening ceremony for the festival, Monday 29th at 17:30

GM Swiss Tournament, GM-qualifying for everyone over 2100, Monday 29th – Wednesday 7th

Open Swiss Tournament, open for all players below 2100, Monday 29th – Wednesday 7th

Gjøvik Grand Prix 2008-09, open Group A, qualifying for FIDE-rating, Monday 29th – Friday 2nd

Gjøvik Grand Prix 2008-09, Group B, for rating below 1500, Monday 29th – Friday 2nd

The Open Norwegian Rapid Chess Championship 2009, Group A, B og C (can be combined with any of the above listed tournaments), Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th

The Super Rapid Chess Match with Magnus Carlsen (live comments), Friday 2nd – Monday 5th

Presentation with Sergey Tiviakov about Sicilian with c3, Tuesday 30th at 21:00

Clock-simul with European Champion Sergey Tiviakov, Thursday 1st at 21:00

Chess courses and presentations on several levels, Various times

Gjøvik Children’s Grand Prix 2008, Tuesday 30th at 14:30

Gjøvik Children’s Grand Prix 2009, Friday 2nd at 09:15

Open blitz tournament, Friday 2nd at 18:00

Open Handicap Blitz tournament, Sunday 4th at 18:00

New Years party for all chess friends, Wednesday 31st at 20:30

Preliminary list of participants Gjøvik GM Swiss tournament, per December 4th:

1. GM Sergei TIVIAKOV NED 2686

2. GM Boris SAVCHENKO RUS 2648

3. GM Vadim MALAKHATKO BEL 2633

4. GM Oleg KORNEEV RUS 2623

5. GM Mikheil MCHEDLISHVILI GEO 2615

6. GM Mateusz BARTEL POL 2602

7. GM Vasilios KOTRONIAS GRE 2587

8. GM Kaido KULAOTS EST 2556

9. GM Geetha GOPAL IND 2548

10. GM Nick DE FIRMIAN USA 2545

11. GM Aloyzas KVEINYS LTU 2533

12. IM Jon Ludvig HAMMER NOR 2522

13. IM Allan Stig RASMUSSEN DEN 2513

14. IM Sasha KAPLAN ISR 2425

15. IM Maxim DEVEREAUX ENG 2415

16. IM Israel CASPI ISR 2408

17. IM Eirik T. GULLAKSEN NOR 2400

18. IM Dan CRAMLING SWE 2399

19. IM Mark FERGUSON ENG 2398

20. IM/WGM Anna ZOZULIA BEL 2380

21. Nijat ABASOV AZE 2363

22. WGM Zeinab MAMEDJAROVA AZE 2351

23. FM Kjetil STOKKE NOR 2334

24. WIM Marta PRZEZDZIELCKA POL 2327

25. FM Frode Olav O. URKEDAL NOR 2316

26. WGM Olga DOLZHIKOVA UKR 2291

27. WIM Karina SZCZEPKOWSKA-HOROWSKA POL 2273

28. WGM Turkan MAMEDJAROVA AZE 2269

29. FM Alexey SOFRYGIN RUS 2252

30. WIM Katarzyna TOMA POL 2230

31. Daniel JAKOBSEN KOVACHEV NOR 2227

32. Eric MOSKOW USA 2225

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