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Solve Magnus Carlsen's Birthday Puzzle Challenge
Happy birthday to World Champion Magnus Carlsen!

Solve Magnus Carlsen's Birthday Puzzle Challenge

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Today, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen turns 30 years old! The Norwegian super-talent is well on his way to being nearly universally deemed the greatest chess player of all time. He is considered so by many already.

Carlsen is renowned for his positional and pragmatic style of play and thus may create fewer tactical gems than, for example, GM Mikhail Tal, but he's certainly scorched his opponents with pretty tactical shots on numerous occasions. In today's article, you can place yourself in Carlsen's shoes and try to find the solution to 30 of his best chess tactics, one for every year of Carlsen's life!

#1: Gaasland vs. Carlsen, 2001

#2: Carlsen vs. Gulbrandsen, 2002

#3: Carlsen vs. Harestad, 2003

#4: Carlsen vs. Gretarsson, 2003

#5: Hammer vs. Carlsen, 2004

#6: Carlsen vs. Ernst, 2004

#7: Carlsen vs. Nikolic, 2005

#8: Carlsen vs. Ostmoe, 2005

#9: Carlsen vs. Groenn, 2005

#10: Carlsen vs. Morozevich, 2006

#11: Carlsen vs. Ivanchuk, 2007

#12: Adams vs. Carlsen, 2007

#13: Carlsen vs. Grischuk, 2009

#14: Carlsen vs. Topalov, 2009

#15: Carlsen vs. Jakovenko, 2009

#16: Carlsen vs. Mcshane, 2009

#17: Carlsen vs. Bacrot, 2010

#18: Carslsen vs. Fressinet, 2013

#19: Carlsen vs. Radjabov, 2015

#20: Grischuk vs. Carlsen, 2016

#21: Carlsen vs. Karjakin, 2016

#22: So vs. Carlsen, 2017

#23: So vs. Carlsen, 2017

#24: Carlsen vs. Nakamura, 2018

#25: Nakamura vs. Carlsen, 2018

#26: Pruijssers vs. Carlsen, 2018

#27: Vaibhav vs. Carlsen, 2018

#28: Carlsen vs. KeyzerSo, 2019

#29: Sjugirov vs. Carlsen, 2020

#30: Carlsen vs. Giri, 2020

Did we miss one of your favorite Magnus Carlsen tactics? Be sure to share it in the comments!

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