Carlsen and Svidler qualify for final
After six rounds Carlsen, Nakamura and Svidler had all collected four points (Lie lost all six games) and so a playoff was needed to determine the finalists of the Aker Chess Challenge. Not in top form in the blitz session, Nakamura lost both to Carlsen and Svidler, who thus qualified for today's final. The Aker Chess Challenge runs 2nd-5th January and is part of the International Chess Festival in Gjøvik (Norway). Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura and Kjetil Lie play a rapid (25 minutes per game with 5 seconds increment) double round-robin followed by final and bronze final games.