Queen Sacrifices by Magnus Carlsen
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Queen Sacrifices by Magnus Carlsen

Queen Sacrifices by Magnus Carlsen

Today I have a very interesting lesson for you, in which I will show you the 5 greatest queen sacrifices by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. By studying this lesson, not only you will be admiring the brilliant sacrifices by Carlsen, but you will be able to benefit yourself and use some of these ideas in YOUR games.

While studying this lesson, you know there is some queen sacrifices (as you know from the title of the article/video), and you will be looking for these sacrifices. Nevertheless, when it comes to your games, given a practical situation, you might not be finding such brilliant sacrifices and combinations, or not be willing to take the risk. Therefore, I will teach you how to find such moves during your games.

The victims of these queen sacrifices include Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, and Viswanathan Anand; and one of the five sacrifices was made by Carlsen when he was just 12 years old! πŸ™‚ You can watch the video lesson below:

World Champion Tip for Your Games

Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov was a Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster, who was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. There is one important tip from Smyslov, who said that from all of the varieties of chess tactics, there are three most common ideas:

  1. Check
  2. Fork
  3. Pin

So, if you focus your attention on these three tactical motifs, you will be able to dominate in different tactical complications.

Queen Sacrifices

In the next queen sacrifices that we will see below, you will realize how important it is to apply the advice given by Smyslov. In all cases, you will be able to find the winning move even if you are not a world champion! πŸ˜ƒ, since you will focus your attention on the candidate’s moves that meet the check, fork and pin tactical motives. So, now let’s see the games.

So – Carlsen

White’s last move was Qd7, and it’s seems like Black is losing material and it’s time to resign, because there is no way to protect both pieces simultaneously. However. Carlsen prepared a brilliant counterblow.

The move is 28…Qxd1+!! and after the forcing continuation 29. Bxd1 Re1+ 30. Kg2 Bf1+ 31. Kg1 (If 31. Kh3 when 31…Ne5 wins the queen) Bh3# 0-1

You can see the whole game here.


Carlsen – Karjakin

Queen Sacrifices

In this position, it looks like White is on the brink of disaster. Black is threatening Qg2# or Qf1#. However, after 49. Rc8+ Kh7, White found a shocking move, 50. Qh6!!+ and, surprisingly, Black is completely lost here.

Queen Sacrifices

It doesn’t matter how Black captures the queen, White is gonna deliver checkmate in the next move with one of the rooks. Karjakin resigned here. 1-0

Here is the complete game:


Carlsen – Anand

Queen Sacrifices

Anand’s last move was 20…Nc6??, which is a terrible blunder; and Carlsen replied with the spectacular move, 21. Ne8+!!, and it turns out that Black cannot capture the queen because 22. Rxf8#. So, Black’s only move is 21…Kg8 and, after the amazing move 22. Qh8+!! Kxh8 23. Rxf8#, Black is checkmated 1-0.

Queen Sacrifices

Watch the complete game below:

Hammer- Carlsen

Queen Sacrifices

White’s last move was 17. Re1?? Hammer overlook the Anastasia’s Checkmate pattern. Carlsen now wins by force with the following sequence: 17…Qh5+!! 18. gxh5 Rh4# 0-1.

Queen Sacrifices

You can take a look at the whole game here:


Carlsen – Harestad

Queen Sacrifices

Black’s king is in danger because his pawn structure has many weakness and both rook and queen are not taking part of the game. Carlsen wins the game with the spectacular queen sacrifice, 36. Qxg5+!! fxg5Β  37. Rf7+ Kxh6 38. Rxh7#

Queen sacrifices

Watch the full game here:


Complete Courses Mentioned in the Lesson:

The Grandmaster’s Secrets” – your step-by-step guide to thinking like a GM.

Calculate Till Mate” – is a 3-in-1 training system that will sharpen your tactics, calculation, and visualization skills.

P.S. How did you like my video lesson after quite a long time? πŸ˜ƒ Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Also, please tell us which your favorite sacrifice was?

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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