Feb 07, 2021

Magnus Carlsen leads at Opera Euro Rapid

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen began the Opera Euro Rapid with a loss to US Champion Wesley So, but he stormed back to win the next four games in a row and end the first day as the sole leader. Wesley and Ian Nepomniachtchi are half a point behind after what Magnus called “an awesome day of chess” on which Teimour Radjabov was the only one of the 16 players to avoid defeat. Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk and Ding Liren are among the stars who would be eliminated if the 3-day preliminary stage ended now.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour homepage
  • Live games from the Opera Euro Rapid Prelims
  • Magnus Carlsen tops 16-player Opera Euro Rapid line-up
  • So vs. Carlsen as Opera Euro Rapid starts Saturday
Feb 04, 2021

Opera Euro Rapid kicks off on Saturday

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen takes on US Champion Wesley So when the Opera Euro Rapid kicks off at 17:00 CET on Saturday. The 3rd event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour features 16 players, who will be reduced to just 8 after a cut-throat 3-day preliminary stage. Tour leader Teimour Radjabov will be joined by the likes of Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren and Daniil Dubov, with Tata Steel Masters runner-up Anish Giri already eyeing a Valentine’s Day date with Magnus.

The event begins less than a week after the end of the Tata Steel Chess Masters, so for some of the players it’s a chance for redemption!

World Champion Magnus Carlsen called his Wijk aan Zee performance “shameful”, while Candidates Tournament leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave dropped 10 places on the world rankings from 5th to 15th after a disastrous event. Polish no. 1 Jan-Krzysztof Duda failed to win a game, while a great event for Dutch no. 1 Anish Giri ended bitterly in a playoff loss to another Dutch star. Still – a new week, a new goal!

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