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Magnus Carlsen cooled down from his torrid pace over the first two days of the Opera Euro Rapid, but still qualified as the top seed heading into the quarterfinals of the online chess event.

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Hikaru Nakamura came up just short of qualifying for the quarterfinals in the Opera Euro Rapid. (Image: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club)

Carlsen started the tournament with a 7/10 score, then scored 2.5 points on the final day to finish at 9.5/15.

Carlsen Stuns Nakamura in Round-10 Clash

That was enough to tie for the lead with Anish Giri. The World Champion earned the top seed by virtue of winning more games during the opening round-robin.

Carlsen started the tournament with a loss to American grandmaster Wesley So before reeling off four straight wins to finish out a strong opening day. On Day 2, he began with four draws before winning a critical encounter with rival Hikaru Nakamura in Round 10.

Nakamura played a strong game with the Black pieces, and even though Carlsen had equalized, the game still hung in the balance. Carlsen set a trap with move 32, Bc2. When Nakamura quickly played Re1 in response, Carlsen ripped off Bxg6 with move 33 — a shot that