Test your chess skills against the World Champion of Chess, Magnus Carlsen! Join players from all around the globe of all skill levels who already Play Magnus for free! All players can qualify to play against Magnus IN PERSON at the yearly Play Live Challenge event.

Play Magnus is recommended by America’s Foundation for Chess - First Move.

To become the best, you must train with the best. That is why an important part of the app is Magnus teaching you to become a better chess player. After explaining the basics to beginners, including how to play chess and how the chess pieces move, he gives you tips and tricks on tactics and strategies to help you on your way to becoming a Grand Master… or just winning your next chess game! Expect to flex your mental muscle!

Our custom built chess engine is fine-tuned to play like Magnus. You’ll probably struggle against the 28-year-old version, but the odds are in your favor against 5-year-old Magnus. Expect to also get acquainted with his personality and the occasional tongue-in-cheek comment.

Join the Play Live Challenge for a chance to play against Magnus live at a secret location every year. The contest is free to join!

Get detailed statistics. Compare with your friends. Share your victories. Unlock achievements. Track your rating!

Play to become a better chess player, no matter your skill level. Enjoy a simple, engaging and fun experience where you can play chess online when it suits you. Put Magnus in your pocket — play any time!

Try our other award-winning app — Magnus Trainer, to get even more chess coaching from Magnus himself. It’s a new and better way to learn and train chess with Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen!

What’s New

Version 3.12.1

Changed the way you invite Facebook friends.
Updated App Information on the App Store.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Gigi cake shoppe ,

Love this app!

I've been a Chess player on and off for about 30 years or so. Ever so often I'll start playing again and then I'll leave it alone for a few years, but I always seem to come back. I happen to be looking in the App Store and I saw Play Magnus and figured "let me try that out." Well, I played so many games in less than 24 hours and I'm totally addicted now! The pieces are easy to see (sometimes these apps go overboard with graphics and stuff like that such as Battle Chess 3D that look pretty, but make it hard when you really just want to concentrate on the game). I like that you can play quite a few levels before having to upgrade if you want to upgrade it all( but I do want to!). I like the challenge, as this app reminds me very much of something Sierra online brought out called "Power Chess" back in 1998. With the influx of new computers and operating systems I can no longer play it(working it out on dos box though to see if I can get it to run again) so I'm very glad that I've discovered Magnus and I look forward to playing this app to the hilt! Thanks!

Developer Response ,

Hi Gigi, thanks for your nice review! We're happy to hear that you're enjoying the app :) - Janina from Play Magnus

Magnus Carlson rules ,

Play Magnus. Carlson, AKA play best app ever.

This app in my opinion is amazing! I’ve always loved playing chess, but with a real person. My family was always looking for a chess app that I like, but I always don’t like it that much. Then my mom found the play Magnus Carlson app, It was like heaven. I’ve played it for 2 hours and more. It’s great for beginners, intermediate, and advanced chess players because you can play him at different ages. Every time you checkmate him if you want too you can move up. it teaches you a lot about chess. I’ve improved a lot. There’s also chess videos that give you a lot of tips. Some are free and some are not, but it’s worth it to purchase it. You also can learn about World Champion Magnus Carlson. I really think you should buy this app. Trust me it’s the best app EVER! I also have a note for the developers. You guys should add chess puzzles too. Your game would be even better!

Wrique ,

Pure Excellence!

This is by far the most friendly and enjoyable chess app in the universe! It's perfect for anyone of any age who wants to learn and/or play chess. Having seen several interviews with Magnus, they have clearly managed to weave his very likable personality into this app. His comments are just as you would expect - positive, friendly and encouraging. I've played chess over 40 years and in my first hour with this I have already learned valuable information I didn't know before! Get this app! You won't be disappointed! I honestly don't see how they could have made it any more enjoyable!

Developer Response ,

Hi Wrique. Thanks so much for your kind words. Really glad to hear you're enjoying the app! Have a great week!


Play Magnus AS
162.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Video: The Evergreen Game $1.99
  2. Video: Magic by Mikhail Tal $1.99
  3. Video: Check & Checkmate $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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