World Champion’s technique | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user Xakka

So let’s go, I’m playing against an IM from… no an FM from Yemen. And we are off. Think I had this position in an earlier banter blitz in both white and black. In general, not the most critical way of playing against the fits but I guess that… little extra central control still counts […]

“Sorry dude, I’m not that slow, nor that weak!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user kleopl

Kleopl, maybe I played kleopl before? I did. Yeah that was a mistake. I don’t… I try in general to accept challenges from people I haven’t played before but I’m not going to abort the game. So here we go. e3 okay. The thing is if the right response is usually considered e6 then knight […]

“Maybe he’s just brilliant!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. FM Patrick Aizpurúa

Okay let’s try an FM from Panama. That’s not a picture of my opponent. I think that’s an actor. I cannot remember who it is. Ah so the oracle, Jan Gustafsson told me who it was but you guys can figure it out for yourself. I’m sure you know pop culture. So this worked out […]

“I get my revenge!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. Laurent Fressinet

We have the famous Zlatan. I lost to him with his Banter Blitz, let’s see if he can make it three in a row and let’s see if he’s prepared in this system. Maybe he doesn’t want to show, show our prep. Don’t think this is the most critical but could be wrong. Yeah there’s […]

“That’s a bit of a dumb name, isn’t it?” | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user checkempate

checkempate from Spain. Empate? Does that mean draw? It’s check draw. It’s bit of a dumb name, isn’t it? Or is it just a very smart name? I don’t know. Suppose when he goes for this, this shouldn’t be too bad. I don’t know though. This doesn’t look convincing at all to me from his […]

How to Beat Magnus Carlsen | Magnus vs chess24 user AfuroZamurai

Okay I’m going to try this guy. Doesn’t seem to be a grandmaster but he’s rated 3,000. AfuroZamurai, doesn’t sound very German to me but what do I know. Mmm d4. Going to try one of my typical noise, as I did for instance against Kaymer. Yeah h3 is a clever move order. As the […]

“I’m going to try something REALLY bad!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user lou.adasme

Let me try and play somebody from Chile. I think we have a lot of users from Chile here at chess24… which is great. Okay, I’m going to try something really bad which I lost to once region junior team championship… who knows? Maybe it was 2001. Was an unpleasant loss that’s for sure. Obviously […]

“I’m never happy if I don’t win!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user Krypto

Okay Krypto. Another German, that wasn’t my intention. I don’t have anything against Germans but I don’t want to play only Germans, two out of the last three. Okay let me get back to my usual banter blitz opening see if people have learnt. My guess is they haven’t. Maybe he has. He’s playing quite […]

“Magnus is gonna beat you!” | Magnus Carlsen vs. chess24 user Magnus–DropsCamera

Yeah, so this is apparently a new account. Magnus–DropsCamera. Magnus is not going to drop the camera this time. Magnus is going to beat you that’s what I think is going to happen. Yeah I was going to play the elephant gambit. Now that, I’m going to play the king’s gambit. How’s that for DropsCamera? […]

Banter Blitz with World Champion Magnus Carlsen (5)

[Jan] Huh. [Magnus] All good. [Jan] Are you ready for today? Did the guys warm you up in Zagreb and OHS for the real deal, the chess24 users? [Magnus] Nah I really… I had a week off and I already feel rusty so it’s good to play again. [Jan] Alright, so you guys if you […]