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Play Like Magnus

Play Like Magnus

Try to figure out the moves in some of the best games of World Champion Magnus Carlsen! Can you work out the combinations like he does? Enjoy the puzzles and good luck!

  • Play Like Magnus: Hammer vs Carlsen

    How did a 12 year old Magnus Carlsen handle the Black pieces against another prodigy, Jon Ludvig Hammer? All we can say is he handled them brilliantly! Follow along and try to keep up.

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  • Play Like Magnus: Carlsen vs Ernst

    From a quiet Caro-Kann defense, Magnus goes all in for a sacrificial attack and checkmates his strong opponent. See if you can spot the winning moves and keep up with one of the World Champion's best attacking games.

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  • Play Like Magnus: Carlsen vs Anand

    Both of Carlsen's first two World Championship matches were against the previous champion, Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand. In 2013 Carlsen took the title by a score of 6.5- 3.5 and then defended his title the next year 6.5 - 4.5. This game is the 2nd from the 2014 match. Magnus made his first use of the White pieces in the match count. Join along and see if you can too.

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  • Play Like Magnus: Karjakin vs Carlsen

    In 2016 Magnus defended his title against Sergey Karjakin. The match was close throughout and went to rapid tie-breaks, which Magnus won 3-1 to retain the title. This game between these two titans was played in the 2009 World Blitz Championship, another World Championship that Magnus won!

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  • Play Like Magnus: Carlsen vs Caruana

    In 2018 Magnus faced a tough challenge from Fabiano Caruana. Neither player could win any of the 12 classical games. Magnus won the first game of the rapid tie-break, which brought the players to this critical game, with White needing to win to tie up the match.

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