Style Bender: Magnus Carlsen’s 50 Best Games – GM Arkadij Naiditsch

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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.

About the author:

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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.

What will I learn from this course:

Carlsen Re3

  • 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.

Bonus Content!

As well as the 16 hours of video content, you’ll also receive:

  • PGN Database: All the games from the course, organized by theme.
  • Carlsen’s Game Database: A huge PGN containing nearly 4000 of Magnus’ games!
  • Style Bender: Read the complete story of Magnus Carlsen’s spectacular career from his first professional games right up to his World Championship heights.
  • Puzzles: Test yourself with devious puzzles taken from Carlsen’s games. Can you remember the ideas you’ve learned from the videos?

Learn the most effective chess ideas ever played, from the highest-rated, most accurate player of all time, Magnus Carlsen!

*Special offer: get this and the rest of the volumes by GM Arkadij Naiditsch for only $139That’s 54% OFF! Only for a limited time.

Chapter List


Part 1: Endgames

Game 1: Carlsen – Hracek
Bundesliga 2006-07

Game 2: Carlsen – Aronian
Candidates 2007

Game 3: Carlsen – Bu
Biel 2007

Game 4: Carlsen – Eljanov
Wijk aan Zee 2008

Game 5: Carlsen – Van Wely
Aerosvit 2008

Game 6: Carlsen – Anand
Linares 2009

Game 7: Radjabov – Carlsen
Tal Memorial 2012

Game 8: Carlsen – Karjakin
Wijk aan Zee 2013

Game 9: Aronian – Carlsen
Sinquefield Cup 2014

Game 10: Caruana – Carlsen
Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015

Game 11: Carlsen – Grischuk
Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2019

Game 12: Carlsen – Karjakin
Sinquefield Cup 2018

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s Endgames

Part 2: Positional Masterpieces

Game 13: Carlsen – Ivanchuk
Linares 2007

Game 14: Mamedyarov – Carlsen
Wijk aan Zee 2008

Game 15: Carlsen – Topalov
MTel Masters 2009

Game 16: Carlsen – Adams
London Chess Classic 2009

Game 17: Carlsen – Anand
5th Chess Masters Final 2012

Game 18: Carlsen – Nakamura
Tal Memorial 2013

Game 19: Carlsen – Kamsky
Sinquefield Cup 2013

Game 20: Carlsen – Mamedyarov
Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014

Game 21: Carlsen – Wojtaszek
Olympiad Open 2014

Game 22: Carlsen – Aronian
Wijk aan Zee 2015

Game 23: Carlsen – Radjabov
Wijk aan Zee 2015

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s Positional Masterpieces

Part 3: Attacking Games

Game 24: Carlsen – Radjabov
Biel 2007

Game 25: Carlsen – Topalov
Wijk aan Zee 2012

Game 26: Carlsen – Grandelius
Norway Chess 2016

Game 27: Carlsen – Xiong
Isle of Man Masters 2017

Game 28: Carlsen – Matlakov
Isle of Man Grand Swiss 2019

Game 29: Carlsen – Giri
Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2019

Game 30: Carlsen – Fedoseev
World Cup 2021

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s Attacking Games

Part 4: Defending

Game 31: Ivanchuk – Carlsen
Tal Memorial 2007

Game 32: Kramnik – Carlsen
Tal Memorial 2011

Game 33: Carlsen – Radjabov
Candidates 2013

Game 34: Vachier-Lagrave – Carlsen
Sinquefield Cup 2014

Game 35: Vachier-Lagrave – Carlsen
Norway Chess 2016

Game 36: Svidler – Carlsen
European Club Cup 2018

Game 37: Duda – Carlsen
Wijk aan Zee 2020

Game 38: Caruana – Carlsen
Norway Chess 2020

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s Defense

Part 5: World Championships

Game 39: Carlsen – Anand
World Chess Championship 2013, Game 5

Game 40: Anand – Carlsen
World Chess Championship 2013, Game 6

Game 41: Carlsen – Anand
World Chess Championship 2014, Game 2

Game 42: Carlsen – Anand
World Chess Championship 2014, Game 6

Game 43: Carlsen – Anand
World Chess Championship 2014, Game 11

Game 44: Carlsen – Karjakin
World Chess Championship 2016, Game 10

Game 45: Carlsen – Karjakin
World Chess Championship 2016, Tiebreaks Game 4

Game 46: Caruana – Carlsen
World Chess Championship 2018, Tiebreaks Game 2

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s World Championship Games

Part 6: Online Rapid & Blitz

Game 47: Carlsen – Nakamura
FTX Crypto Cup KO 2021

Game 48: Carlsen – Grischuk
FTX Crypto Cup Preliminaries 2021

Game 49: Carlsen – Aronian
New in Chess Classic KO 2021

Game 50: Carlsen – Dubov
Chess24 Blitz Death Match 2021

Final Thoughts on Carlsen’s Online Games
Final Word