Magnus Carlsen has dominated the chess scene since he reached the top of the FIDE World Rankings at age 19! His 2882 peak rating is the highest in history and holds the record of the longest unbeaten streak (125 games).
He also has been World Champion since 2013, defending the title three times, and is preparing to defend his title vs challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi.
So it definitely makes sense to take a look and find Carlsen’s winning formula, what has he done to be successful in a highly talented and computer-aided field?
Magnus Carlsen’s 50 Best Games – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
Magnus Carlsen – World Champion and the highest-rated player of all time – dominates the strongest players in the world because of his immense strength in all types of positions.
Tactical or positional, kingside attack or queenside squeeze, technical endgame or dynamic defense… Carlsen is willing and able to do whatever it takes to win.
In this 16-hour course, GM Arkadij Naiditsch (peak rating 2737 and 17th in the world) examines 50 of Magnus Carlsen’s best games, grouping them into categories such as Positional Masterpieces, Attacking Play, Endgames, and World Championship Clashes.
Naiditsch’s analysis and explanations will open your eyes to possibilities that even elite grandmasters missed before Carlsen played them.
You will learn how to make progress in quiet positions, ramp up the pressure in attack, and create winning chances in level endgames.
Everything you see is practical and can be applied in your own games, and each winning strategy and psychological ploy is made memorable by following the cut and thrust of the play.
Study all 50 games with Arkadij’s expert explanations and you will be armed with some of the most powerful chess ideas ever seen on the board.
Magnus Carlsen The Magnificent – GM Ron Henley
In a little over a decade, Magnus Carlsen has risen from exciting prodigy to the highest-rated player of all-time.
What is it that makes the Norwegian grandmaster the best player in the world?
In this 2.5 hour course, GM Ron Henley delves deep to uncover the secrets of Magnus’ success, revealing a ton of powerful tips and techniques in the process.
You will learn how to get the type of positions you love to play – without having to stick to 1 or 2 openings.
Ron reveals the surprising technique that Magnus Carlsen turns to time and again when he needs to create winning chances from a drawish position.
And we learn some valuable – and little-known – endgame strategies from the modern master.
More than just insightful analysis of some fantastic games, more than just a fascinating look at what makes Magnus tick, this course teaches you how to impose your will on your own opponents to get the results you desire.
Magnus Carlsen Miniatures – GM Ron W. Henley
Everyone loves to win a miniature – a spectacular quick win as a result of opening preparation and cool tactics. It’s even better when you crush a strong opponent in such a fashion.
In Magnus’ Miniatures, American GM Ron W. Henley – the former second of Anatoly Karpov – analyzes 64 instructive miniatures from the reigning Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
In the last 15 years, the Norwegian chess sensation has defeated countless strong opponents in 25 moves or less. Big names like Anand, Caruana, Svidler, Shirov, Karjakin, Mamedyarov and Ding Liren are among his victims.
How did Carlsen outplay these Super GMs so quickly? And what can we learn about direct attacking play from these games?
About the authors:
Arkadij Naiditsch (born 25 October 1985) is a chess grandmaster currently representing Azerbaijan (since 2015).
In 1995 he won the European Under-10 championship in Verdun.
Naiditsch was the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko. In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.
Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richárd Rapport after both finished on 9/13. This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed ‘Tata Steel Masters’). In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden. In December of the same year, he finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open.
Ron Henley is an American chess grandmaster, writer, narrator, and producer of chess videos.
Henley obtained the International Master title in 1980 and the Grandmaster title in 1982. He also appeared on the cover of Chess Life in 1982, representing the United States.
Aside from being a strong player in his own right, GM Henley acted as second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in many of his matches in the 1990s.
Ron Henley also trained 7-time US Women’s Champion, GM Irina Krush.
What will I learn from these courses:
Magnus Carlsen’s 50 Best Games – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
- Mind-Warping Attacks. Re3 (diagram) looks like a beginner’s move – and yet it sets up a deep attack and forces Carlsen’s higher-rated opponent to resign just a few moves later. Naiditsch explains how preparation is as important as execution and reveals the hidden clues that lead Magnus to moves like this.
- 1% Moves. When your every move is 1% better than your opponent’s you soon snowball that edge into complete domination. Pawn moves, trades, key squares, king position… Magnus is incredibly accurate with these decisions – and Naiditsch explains how.
- Endgame Genius. Carlsen wins endgames that even elite GMs would only draw 95% of the time. Magnus sees everything and finds every brilliant resource to bring home the full point time after time.
Magnus Carlsen The Magnificent – GM Ron Henley
Every chess player knows that some chess moves are harder to spot than others: backward moves, horizontal moves, moving a piece to an apparently protected square, quiet moves in sharp positions, positionally undesirable moves and so on. Moves like these don’t easily enter our mind.
Magnus is very good at spotting these subtle hidden moves in his games. In his game against Geir Sune Tallaksen Ostmoe from 2005, for example, Magnus went all in for a kingside attack and sacrificed a rook and a piece for a strong attack (see the chessboard image on the right).
We already know that Magnus Carlsen isn’t a materialistic player at all. He sacrifices material in many situations. Yet, it’s interesting to observe that very often Magnus is in no rush to recover his sacrificed material, but instead continues to mobilize his forces.
GM Ron Henley calls this the concept of “delayed gratification”. Magnus knows that piece activity usually outweighs material. One of his key strengths is to play with compensation when being material down.
This is a unique chance to learn about Magnus Carlsen’s playing style, his strengths, and weaknesses, how he approaches the openings plus the techniques he uses to outplay his opponents from seemingly drawn positions.
Magnus Carlsen Miniatures – GM Ron Henley
If you want to win many games in 25 moves or less, you definitely need to have a killer instinct at the chessboard. Your tactical brain needs to be in good shape and – once you have the initiative – you constantly need to look for knockout punches which finish the game immediately.
Studying Magnus’ miniatures, it becomes clear that once Magnus has his opponents on the ropes, he doesn’t let them off the hook.
In the position at hand, Magnus, playing Black, has a knockout punch at hand. His opponent just played 23.e4, trying to free his piece and attacking Black’s knight on d5.
However, Magnus counters with the stunning 23…Ne3!, forking White’s queen and rook. The point is that 24.Qxe6 loses to 24…Rxd1 mate. After 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Qe2 (securing the queen), Magnus continued with another brilliant move to finish his opponent off – 25…Qc4+!! (see the diagram below).
Not only did Magnus Carlsen win his miniatures for tactical reasons, but he also outplayed some of his opponents for positional reasons. Although Magnus plays plenty of different openings, he usually shows a high-level understanding of the strategic and positional plans.
A good example of his superb positional understanding – already at a very young age – is his game against Falko Bindrich from the U12 World Championship in 2002, which Henley will also analyze during the course.
GM Ron W. Henley takes you on a tour through Carlsen’s brilliancies, explaining what’s really going on in these games and why some of the strongest players in the world were unable to stop these crushing attacks.
It’s time to reveal the secrets of Magnus Carlsen’s success!
PLUS a hardback book!
The story of the World Champion in more than 200 photos
Magnus Carlsen: A Life in Pictures tells the story of the reigning World Chess Champion. Magnus Carlsen, born in 1990 in Oslo, Norway, became a Grandmaster by 13. Carlsen was crowned World Champion in 2013, when he defeated Anand and has successfully defended his title three times. He will again play for the title in November 2021 in Dubai.
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Carlsen is a family man, often surrounded by his father, mother, and sisters. As a sports fanatic, he plays – and follows – football and basketball. He doesn’t shy away from his celebrity status, and was both a G-Star model and a Real Madrid VIP guest. But his most genuine smile breaks through when he talks chess with his youngest fans, the kids in a chess tournament.
In this book, you will find hundreds of pictures of Magnus Carlsen as a child, a teenager, and as an adult.
Magnus Carlsen has been the top-rated player in the world for over ten years.
Once established as the world number one, Magnus hit unparalleled peaks and demonstrated a Carlsen baseline that has only rarely been approachable by lesser mortals.