Tactics and tips from Magnus Carlsen

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Magnus Carlsen is from Norway and he was born on 30 November 1990. The “chess prodigy” earned his grandmaster title at the age of 13 years, in 2004. Apart from that, he is the current World Chess Champion.

Carlsen’s life is full of great achievements. He surpassed the rating of 2800 in the year 2009 and became the number one player in the FIDE rankings in 2010, also becoming the youngest person ever to achieve those feats.

Carlsen has developed a universal playing style. He knows how to attack, defend, he uses a variety of openings; thus it is very difficult for his opponents to prepare and play against him.
magnus carlsen quotesHe became the World Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand. The following year, he retained his title against Anand, won the 2014 World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship, and reached a peak rating of 2882, the highest in history. In 2016, he successfully defended his title against Sergey Karjakin.

Now let’s take a look into Magnus’s personal life.

Magnus as a model

Carlsen modelled for G-Star Raw’s Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign along with American actress Liv Tyler. In November 2013 he was selected as one of the “sexiest men of 2013” by Cosmopolitan.
Magnus Carlsen model G-Star Raw Autumn Winter

(The ‘Model Magnus’ posing | photo: Anton Corbijn)

Magnus as an actor

Carlsen declined a role in the movie Star Trek “Into Darkness”. Unfortunately, he was unable to get a work permit in time for shooting. Perhaps we may see him in another film to participate as “a chess player from the future”.

In 2017, he made a special guest appearance on The Simpsons, in an episode where Homer’s chess super powers are revealed.

His sponsors

In 2012 he had a full-time manager; Espen Agdestein. His work consisted of finding sponsors and negotiating media contracts. Carlsen earned US $1.2 million in 2012, from sponsorships.

Tips from Magnus Carlsen

There are definitely a lot you can learn from Magnus Carlsen, but I can’t share them all in a single article. For now, I’ll share with you some of his useful tips. 🙂

Tip-1: Have fun playing chess

Try to have fun with chess learning. You need to enjoy what are you doing and this can motivate you to learn and train better in chess.

Tip-2: You can learn from almost every game and everyone

Tip-3: Take regular breaks from chess. Train your body as well as your mind

Tip-4: Eat and drink well

Tip-5: Sit at a chessboard and play against yourself


Tactics from Magnus Carlsen

Finally, here are some tactical puzzles for you from Carlsen’s games. Try to solve the puzzles as Magnus did during his games. 🙂


Black’s king is cornered and White is on the driver seat. Can you find the winning continuation for White?


Can you find a way to checkmate White’s king?


Two rooks for a queen…!? Hmmm… not so much trouble when you have a nice pawn storm.


Black’s king is under check. How should Magnus proceed?



After calculating all possible variations, you can check the answers below.

We can see that it is important to know about the history of chess and analyzing games of the best chess players. In order to make your game deeper, it is important to learn new techniques and ideas, especially from great players.

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