Sven Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian grandmaster, the reigning World Chess Champion and the number 1 ranked player in the world with a peak rating of 2882, the highest in history. He recently became the first player ever to hold the world titles in classical, rapid and blitz chess at the same time! In this DVD you can follow Carlsen’s rise as he became the world champion through many games with his fellow top ranked grandmasters. You’ll hear the expert analysis of the ChessLecture masters as they expose Carlsen’s methods, give you feedback on how he gets the edge against his stellar field of opponents and show you how he breaks with some current chess theory. We also feature an analysis of his first defeat since taking the world championship. What could catch this legend in the making?
Content: 311 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 12 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.
Users rated this series: 4.87 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Very Excellent and eyebrow raising lecture. Wonderful endgame technique from Carlsen and I certainly learned a thing or two. Carlsen is quite Fischer-esque in that he frequently plays on and makes his opponent PROVE the draw
GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.
FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet. He was coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.
Eugene currently lives in Massachusetts, and competes mainly in New England. He is a regular contributor to ChessLecture.com, and is co-author of two books: Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.
LM Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a PhD mathematician, and an award-winning mathematics and science journalist and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the ‘Fischer boom’ of 1971-72 and for some reason never quit. He was the champion of North Carolina in 1985 and 1987, and became a master in 1988. In 2009, Dana received his Life Master certificate from the USCF, and in 2012 was a member of the West regional champion team in the US Amateur Team tournament.
His most memorable game was in 2006, a victory over IM David Pruess, a game later featured as Game of the Day by Chessgames on November 23, 2011. That same game so impressed then-IM Jesse Kraai that he invited Dana to give a lecture on it – on this site, where Dana has delivered more than 100 lectures since.
IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.
GM Leonid Kritz was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started playing chess at age of 4, at Spartak Moscow Chess School. Youth World Champion under 16 in 1999, he became Grandmaster at the age of 19 years in 2003. He participated at FIDE World Cup in 2004, represented Germany at Chess Olympiad 2004, and played in the European Team Championships 2005 and 2007. Leonid was co-winner of SPICE Cup 2008 – at that time the strongest round-robin tournament in US history.
Carlsen is number 1
Magnus Carlsen vs. Ruslan Ponomariov
Run Time: 00:17:37 GM Kraai
Caruana Misses a Big Chance Wijk 2010
Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana
Run Time: 00:32:48 GM Kraai
Carlsen and Drawn Endings
Run Time: 00:39:06 FM Monokroussos
Carlsen on Fire in London
Magnus Carlsen vs. Judith Polgar
Run Time: 00:20:34 GM Perelshteyn
How Not to Play Chess
Unless Your Name Is Magnus
Vladimir Kramnik vs. Magnus Carlsen
Run Time: 00:22:15 GM Perelshteyn
Carlsen Chops Down His First Candidate
Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Dolmatov
Run Time: 00:23:43 FM Monokroussos
How Carlsen Does it
Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Karjakin
Run Time: 00:41:15 LM Mackenzie
Carlsen Makes it a Look Simple – Again
Magnus Carlsen vs. Viswanathan Anand
Run Time: 00:20:42 IM Vigorito
A Slow Game Heats Up
Magnus Carlsen vs. Gata Kamsky
Run Time: 00:19:44 IM Vigorito
Rare Sicilian Against Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen vs. Vassily Ivanchuk
Run Time: 00:31:35 GM Kritz
Battle of the Generations
Magnus Carlsen vs. Garry Kasparov
Run Time: 00:22:59 FM Monokroussos
First Loss of New World Champion
Fabiano Caruana vs. Magnus Carlsen
Run Time: 00:18:56 GM Kritz
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