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Play Like A World Champion: The Carlsen Years

Play Like A World Champion: The Carlsen Years

Can you find the moves that made Magnus Carlsen a World Champion?

In 2013 Magnus Carlsen defeated Vishy Anand to become World Champion. Since then he has defended his title against Anand again, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

  • Find that critical moves that brought Magnus his title!
  • Find the brilliant combinations that have kept Magnus as World Champion all these years!
Carlsen vs Anand 2013

Carlsen vs Anand 2013

In 2013 Magnus Carlsen edged Vladimir Kramnik on tie-break in the candidates to qualify for a match with Anand. That match was less close as Carlsen won with an undefeated 6.5-3.5 to take the title.
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Carlsen vs Anand 2014

Carlsen vs Anand 2014

Vishy Anand impressively won the candidates tournament immediately after losing his title and earned another shot. Carlsen won decisively a second time 6.5-4.5.
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Carlsen vs Karjakin 2016

Carlsen vs Karjakin 2016

Karjakin scored the first win in game eight. Carlsen struck back with a win in game 10. Carlsen won the rapid tie-breaks, finishing off the match with a spectacular sacrifice.
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Carlsen vs Caruana 2018

Carlsen vs Caruana 2018

In 2018 Fabiano Caruana qualified to challenge Magnus Carlsen. All 12 games in the match were drawn. In the rapid tie-break Carlsen won all three games to retain his title.
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Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi 2021

Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi 2021

In 2021 Carlsen defended his title for a final time in a match against Ian Nepomniachtchi. After five tense draws, the fireworks started with a 136-move game six as Carlsen broke through and then dominated the rest of the match.
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Play Like A World Champion: The Carlsen Years

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Released November 29, 2022
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