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1. Magnus Carlsen guest starring on The Simpsons

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On February 19 2017, Magnus appeared in the 15th episode of the 28th season of The Simpsons. The episode is named "The Cad and the Hat" and the plot centers around Homer realising that he is a Grandmaster and searching advice from Magnus Carlsen himself.

2. The REAL reason he started playing chess

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When asked why he started playing chess, Magnus revealed that he started showing real interest in learning the game because he wanted to beat his elder sister.

3. Liv Tyler

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Back in 2010 Magnus, and Liv Tyler starred in a campaign together for the brand G-Star. Liv is the daughter of Steven Tyler and plays the role of Arwen in the movie "The Lord of the Rings".

4. The offical FIDE list

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It´s been more than nine years since Magnus reached the top of the FIDE list with an incredible rating of 2810.

5. Harvard University

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In 2013, before the World Chess Championship in India, Magnus stopped by the US to play against some of the world's best lawyers. But this was not a normal chess match: Magnus was going to play against them all at the same time, blindfolded. If you don't believe it, watch this video to see for yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Rr4Uq1R-I (Remember to turn on English subtitles if you need them!).

6. Top 100

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In January 2006, when Magnus was just 15 years old, he reached the top 100 list of the world's best chess players.

7. A year off for chess

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After finishing primary school, Magnus took a year off so he could participate more in international chess tournaments in Europe.

8. World Championship titles

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Magnus currently holds 10 World Championship titles: Four classical, two rapid and four blitz.

9. Magnus´ highest rating

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In 2013, Magnus reached the highest FIDE rating in chess history! The rating was 2861, and it increased to 2282 in 2014. He still holds the highest rated FIDE score today in 2019.

10. Vegetarian?

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Magnus follows a mainly vegetarian diet, influenced by his vegetarian sisters.

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Play Magnus by Play Magnus - 6d ago

Happy Theory Thursday!

Today’s FREE Theory Thursday lesson covers a very cool opening. Let's take a closer look at the Nimzowitsch defense: an opening MagnusCarlsen’s has had great success with in the past!

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What is Theory Thursday?

Each week, the Play Magnus team works to bring you a fresh, new lesson designed to help improve your chess skills. Lessons help you learn everything, from strategy and tactics to openings and endgames.

Keep an eye out for these new lessons, coming to Magnus Trainer every Thursday.

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Play Magnus by Play Magnus - 1w ago

2019 has been nothing less than spectacular for Magnus Carlsen. After winning his fourth World Championship Match at the end of 2018, he has shown a new dimension to his game (one of aggression) that has served him magnificently. He has gone undefeated the entire year and raised his rating from 2835 to 2872. Previously, Magnus has been reluctant to discuss whether he can beat his rating record, but lately that has all changed. He has revealed crossing 2900 as his goal – a threshold no one has done before him.

When discussing chess ratings, players often use a shorthand of cutting out the last two digits. As such, a grandmaster becomes a 25 (usually pronounced as two-five or twenty-five hundred). A strong grandmaster is 26, top 50 player in theworld is 27 and world’s elite is 28. We may soon need a descriptor for 29. We may just use Magnus’ name, as the latin translation of his name is simply “great”– but great does seem like a bit of an understatement for the 2900 threshold.

On November 30th, Magnus celebrates his 29th birthday. With the form he has shown, crushing all the world’s greatest chess players and winning all the tournaments he plays in, the big question is: Will he turn 29 or reach 29 first? I really think 2900 could happen, as his heavy tournament schedule will give him ample opportunity if he continues his triumphant streak.

What are your thoughts? Will Magnus turn 29 or reach 2900 first? Leave your comments on our facebook page.

And don't forget to follow Magnus on his current tournament in Croatia. You can follow the games on Chess24.com.

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Play Magnus by Play Magnus - 1w ago

Happy Theory Thursday! Viswanathan Anand was chess World Champion from 2007 to 2013 and @MagnusCarlsen’s immediate predecessor to the title. In this week’s lesson “Viswanathan Anand,” we take a look at two of his best games. Enjoy!

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What is Theory Thursday?

Each week, the Play Magnus team works to bring you a fresh, new lesson designed to help improve your chess skills. Lessons help you learn everything, from strategy and tactics to openings and endgames.

Keep an eye out for these new lessons, coming to Magnus Trainer every Thursday.

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Over the past few years, interest in chess has grown around the world and a number of young talents have appeared on the scene. Today we'll take a look at five young chess players we’ll be watching out for in 2019.

Jiner Zhu


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Jiner Zhu is a 16-year-old Woman International Master (WIM) from China. She was born in November 2002 and has already gained a FIDE rating of 2454. When she was only 14 in 2016, she won the World Youth Chess Championship in her own age category, and later in 2018 she won the bronze medal at the Women ́s China Rapid Chess Championship.

Rating
Std: 2454
Rapid: 2361
Blitz: 2249

Task 1: Zhu, Jiner VS Chu, Ruotong in 2018.
White to move and win. Jiner plays white - find the winning move! (For the solution, scroll to the end.)

Alireza Firouzja


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Alireza Firouzja is a 16-year-old Iranian Grandmaster who was born in June 2003 in Babol. Firouzja started playing chess when he was eight. Four years later we won the Iranian Chess Championship at the age of 12 and received the title of Grand Master at the age of 14. Today he is the number one ranked Iranian chess player and number one U16 player in the world.

Rating
Std: 2682
Rapid: 2569
Blitz: 2660

Task 2: Noroozi, Omid VS Firouzja in 2015
Black to move and win! Firouzja plays black, find the winning move! (For the solution, scroll to the end.)

Nihal Sarin


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Nihal Sarin is a 14-year-old from India, born July 2004. He is considered by some to be one of the greatest natural talents in history. This may be due to the fact that he is currently the youngest player and third youngest in chess history to reach a FIDE-rating of 2600. In 2018 Sarin received his well-deserved Grandmaster title.

Rating
Std: 2606
Rapid: 2285
Blitz: 2654

Task 3: Laliena Solanes, Luis M VS Nihal, Sarin in 2016
Black to move and win! Sarin plays black, find the winning move! (For the solution, scroll to the end.)

Andrey Esipenko


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Andrey Esipenko is a 17-year-old Russian Grandmaster. He was born March 2002 and received the Grandmaster title in 2018. He has already racked up a number of impressive accomplishments, includinge victories in the European U10 Chess Championship in 2012, European U16 and World U16 Chess Championship in 2017.

Rating
Std: 2611
Rapid: 2623
Blitz: 2571

Task 4: Andrey Esipenko VS Miranda Mikadze in 2018
White to move and win! Esipenko plays white, find the winning move! (For the solution, scroll to the end.)

Zhansaya Abdumalik


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Zhansaya Abdumalik is a 19-year-old chess player from Kazakhstan. She received the title of Woman Grandmaster in 2014 and International Master in 2017. She has twice won the World Youth Chess Championship in her age and gender category. In 2014 she played a four-game match against Anatoly Karpov. Karpov won both rapid games, but Abdumalik won one blitz game and the second was drawn.

Rating
Std: 2464
Rapid: 2484
Blitz: 2415

Task 5: Abdumalik, Zhansaya - Gavrilov, Alexei in 2017
White to move and win! Abdumalik plays white, find the winning move! (For the solution, scroll to the end.)

Solutions:

  • Solution 1: 1.Ng5+ fxg5 2.Qf5+ Ke8 3.Bxg5 Be7 4.Bxe6 Bxg5+ 5.Qxg5 Bxe6 6.Rhe1 Kf8 7.Rxe6 Nc7 Rd7 1-0

  • Solution 2: 1…Rxc5 2.Rxc5 Qf2 0-1

  • Solution 3: 1…Bxc2+ 2.Ka1 Bxb3 3.Qxb3 Bxe5 4.Bxe5 Qxe5+ 5.Kb1 Rd5 0-1

  • Solution 4: 1.Ng4 fxg4 2.Rxf6 Kxf6 3.Rf1+ Ke7 4.Rf7+ Kd8 5.Bg5+ Be7 6.Bxe7+ Ke8 7.Rg7+ Kd7 8.Bd6+ Kd8 9.Qh4+ Ke8 10.Qe7# 1-0

  • Solution 5: 1.g5 1-0

These young players are just a few of the amazing talents that have emerged in recent years. There are of course many more deserving attention. So, do you know of any other young chess talents we should feature in this series? Let us know all about it over on our Facebook page!

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Reference:
https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=8608059
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Jin'er
https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=12573981
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alireza_Firouzja
https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=25092340
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihal_Sarin
https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=24175439
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrey_Esipenko
https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=13703544
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhansaya_Abdumalik

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How well do you really know the world's greatest chess player? Can you get all the answers right? Take our quiz now and test your knowledge! The correct answers are listed at the bottom.

Question 1

What is Magnus Carlsen´s full name?
a) Magnus Junior Carlsen
b) Magnus Henrik Carlsen
c) Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen
d) Magnus Olav Carlsen

Question 2

You have probably heard that Magnus comes from Lommedalen in Bærum. But where was he born?
a) Oslo
b) Tønsberg
c) Drammen
d) Bergen

Question 3

How old was Magnus when he became a Grandmaster? And where did this happen?
a) 12 years and 7 months, in New York
b) 15 years and 2 months, in New Dehli
c) 14 years and 8 months, in London
d) 13 years and 6 months, in Dubai

Question 4

Which of the following quotes belongs to Magnus?
a) “Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it is ok to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.”
b) “Nobody ever won a chess game by resigning.”
c) “Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing.”
d) “I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.”

Question 5

What is Magnus’ longest unbeaten streak with classical time control?
a) 24 games
b) 102 games
c) 68 games
d) 76 games

Question 6

Which of these combinations belongs to Magnus?

a) Black to move: 1...Bg1 2.Kxg1 Rh2+ 3.Kxh2 Qf2+ 4.Rg2 Rh8#

b) White to move: 1.Rh5 Qxd7 2.Ng5+ Kh8 3.Rxh6#

c) White to move: 1.Qh7+ Kxh7 2. Rgxg7+ Kh8 3.Rh7+ Kg8 4.Reg78#

d) White to move: 1.Qh6 Kxh62.Rh8#

For the correct answers, scroll down.

Question 1 - c) Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen
Question 2 - b) Tønsberg
Question 3 - d) 13 years and 6 months. In Dubai
Question 4 - a) Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it is ok to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.
Question 5 - c) 68 games
Question 6 - d) White to move: 1.Qh6 Kxh62.Rh8#

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Play Magnus by Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen - 1M ago

On Wednesday, Magnus defeated Wesley So at the 2019 Norway Chess Tournament, winning his sixth armageddon game in a row.

Over the past few years, Magnus has won all playoffs, and it seems like Norway Chess' innovation of using armageddons suits him perfectly. Nothing wrong with that - these must-win or must-not-lose situations suit him perfectly.

Sometimes blitz and rapid games are perfect for learning. The players don't have time to calculate everything, which means they have to trust their intuition. Their intuition is again based on their knowledge and understanding, which means the critical moments can be very instructive.

In round four, Magnus faced Shakriyar Mamedyarov. Before the tournament, Magnus had indicated that it was an advantage playing Black in armageddons, but this time he was playing White. We enter at the moment when he had to win a drawish endgame!

Magnus Carlsen - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Norway Chess 2019, Armageddon

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