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.
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