Magnus Carlsen's Top 5 Brilliant Chess Moves
Tactics & Calculation

Chess Titans: Magnus Carlsen’s 5 Most Spectacular Moves

Chess Titans: Magnus Carlsen’s 5 Most Spectacular Moves


Magnus Carlsen, the renowned chess grandmaster, has mesmerized the chess world with his exceptional skills and brilliant moves. In this lesson, we will explore 5 of Magnus Carlsen’s most astonishing chess moves that not only demonstrated his brilliance but also left his opponents and commentators in awe.

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Game-5: Jon Ludvig Hammer vs. Magnus Carlsen

In this game, Carlsen, playing as Black, faced Hammer.

Jon Ludvig Hammer vs. Magnus Carlsen

The position seemed fairly normal until Carlsen unleashed his brilliance. He played 13…Ne2+, forcing the opponent’s king to move 14.Kh1. Carlsen then developed his bishop 14…Bxg4 15.hxg4 Rae8.

Since the Black knight on e2 is almost trapped, Hammer tried to lock it with 16.Be3, but what followed next left everyone stunned.

Jon Ludvig Hammer vs. Magnus Carlsen

Game-4: Fabiano Caruana vs. Magnus Carlsen

Fabiano Caruana vs. Magnus Carlsen

Here, Caruana played 47.Nh6+ Kg6 48.Rxe6. In this critical moment, Carlsen refused to capture the knight with 48…Kxh6, opting instead to grab a pawn with. 48…Rxc3+.

Carlsen turned the tables in the next few moves. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Caruana resigned, allowing Carlsen to secure a significant advantage in the endgame.

Game-3: Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana (World Chess Championship Match)

Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano CaruanaIt’s a fairly solid endgame position and you would probably expect White to push his h-pawn forward and Black to catch it with moves like Kg5 or to counterattack with Rd3 (with the idea of Rxf3) or even Rd1 to play Rg1+.

But Carlsen played a tricky move that earned him an amazing victory in this endgame!

Game-2: Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Karjakin (World Chess Championship Match)

During the intense World Chess Championship match against Karjakin, Carlsen, playing as White, demonstrated his exceptional skills once again.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey KarjakinKarjakin played a natural move 48…Qf2, threatening Qg2 checkmate. And it looked like White needs to defend it somehow with a move like 49.Qg3. However, Carlsen found out a spectacular queen sacrifice that led to a devastating checkmate which left commentators and spectators in awe!

Game-1: Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana (World Chess Championship Match)

In another remarkable encounter between Carlsen and Caruana, Carlsen showcased his ability to squeeze victories out of seemingly equal and drawish endgames.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano CaruanaDespite a closed position, Carlsen made a surprising move that opened the doors to victory. Ultimately, Carlsen’s strategic brilliance prevailed, leading to a well-deserved victory.


Magnus Carlsen’s top five brilliant chess moves showcased his extraordinary strategic thinking, tactical brilliance, and ability to seize opportunities. These moves not only amazed chess enthusiasts but also left his opponents dumbfounded.

To witness the sheer brilliance of Magnus Carlsen’s play, it is recommended to watch the full video analysis below.

Below, you can find the games shown in the video:

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