Challenge Magnus Carlsen on

Challenge Magnus Carlsen on

FM MikeKlein
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UPDATE / EDIT: Contest is over! See full list of those who qualified here, and look for FM Mike Klein's preview post in a couple days! 

PRESS RELEASE -- LLC has partnered with World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen and his company Play Magnus, who have created the app of the same namesake. Below you'll read about this exclusive opportunity to challenge Carlsen live.

Being world champion is not in the cards for most people, but now you can at least play the world champion. Ten fortunate members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition on December 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. GMT).

The simul will be on's Live chess server.

The partnership celebrates the launching of the Play Magnus App, which was unveiled earlier this year. Over the next month and half, there will be banners on providing opportunities to download the app. will also provide an in-depth app review.

For his part, Carlsen will be creating several video lectures just for the community.

All of this leads up to the marquee event - Carlsen's simul on December 14. Want to qualify? Yeah, we thought so. Here's how!

  • 10 spots are available.
  • 8 spots are available to qualification, 2 spots will be seated by (may be subject to change).
  • Limit of 4 spots available to Titled Players (CM and Higher).
  • 8 Seats will be filled via qualifying tournaments on's Live Chess server.
  • Tournaments will begin December 1, 2014 and will run until December 8, 2014 (one per day) at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8) each day.
  • Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th qualifiers will be held at 9am Pacific Standard Time, (GMT-4)
  • One winner from each of the 8 tournaments will qualify for a seat versus Carlsen. You may attempt to qualify as many times as you wish.
  • The format of the qualifying tournaments will be 7 rounds of 5|0 Blitz - and can be found in's Live Arena under the Tournaments Tab.
  • If two members are tied for first, tiebreak points will be used. If they also have the same tiebreak points, they will play an Armageddon blitz game (7 minutes for White, 5 for Black with Black having draw odds) organized by staff. They will be contacted after the tournament to arrange a mutually agreeable time.
  • If three or more members tie for first, tiebreaks will again be used to determine a single winner (unless the top two are also tied on tiebreak points, in which case an Armageddon match will again be used).
  • Only diamond members can participate in the tournaments and qualify for a spot.
  • Diamond members must also join this group prior to competing in the qualifying tournaments.
  • will used advanced cheat detection for the top finishers. If a winner is disqualified due to cheating, the spot will move to the next player in the standings. If after this two players are tied on game points and tiebreak points, again an Armgaeddon match will take place.
  • reserves the exclusive and final right to settle any rules not included here and to arbitrate any disputes.
*time control and potential prizes for the 10 simul participants themselves against Magnus Carlsen to be determined.

The Play Magnus App allows you to challenge Magnus at any age, but the highest-rated chess player of all time has assured you'll be playing his present 2860+ self!

Sorry members, we cannot promise he will use this opening in the simul.

Think you have no chance against the champ? Remember that Bill Gates played him and was winning after nine moves! Carlsen likely won't take such chances against the community!

Even if you don't qualify, the simul will also be broadcast live on with commentary from IM Danny Rensch and GM Irina Krush. Want to see broadcast live? The commentary team will be broadcasting from a conference room at the USCF K-12 Grade Nationals in Orlando, FL. Come to the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and see the broadcast live (spectating is free and welcome)!

Remember the tournaments are for diamond members only and you must join this group prior to competing in the qualifying tournaments.

As for the app, it is free and available for iOS devices. You can find it here in the App Store. There are Facebook and Twitter accounts as well: and The Android version will be released November 15, 2014.

He's not just the namesake of the app, he's also a user. In a case of circular logic or some sort of time-travel loop, here's modern-day Carlsen playing a slightly younger version of himself in a fascinating game:

Official Update - Tournament Schedule open ONLY to members of the Play Magnus Group:

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 1: December 1st, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 2: December 2nd, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 3: December 3rd, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 4: December 4th, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 5: December 5th, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 6: December 6th, 9am PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 7: December 7th, 9am PDT (GMT -8)

Play Magnus Qualifier - Tournament 8: December 8th, 1pm PDT (GMT -8)

* 2 Spots of the original 10 will be given by to 2 private qualifiers

* Magnus Carlsen and Play Magnus Company have also agreed to allow 1 additional seat (11 total) to a qualifying event at - details TBA soon! So if you have kids, look for them to have a chance to qualify and Play Magnus too!

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