"Magnus' Kingdom of Chess" is the fun way for children from 5 years old to learn chess and unleash their cognitive potential.

This groundbreaking game is the result of a collaboration between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his team of chess experts at Play Magnus, and DragonBox; a pedagogy studio globally acclaimed for its unique math learning games.

No advertisements. No in-app purchases. Just peace of mind for parents that their kids are playing with a premium, world-class learning app.

Pedagogical steps:

- Learning how different pieces move and capture.
- Learning the notion of checkmate and simple checkmating patterns.
- Learning to complete simple tactical and strategic tasks.
- Intro to basic checkmating techniques against a lone king.
- Complete games versus a basic chess engine.

The main goal of "Magnus' Kingdom of Chess" is to introduce children to chess rules and strategies so they learn enough to transition to a real board.

Through a smooth progression, kids will be introduced to each chess pieces over six different worlds where players will meet Magnus Carlsen himself as well as a mysterious Prince. Step by step they will solve chess situations with more and more pieces, and apply more and more chess rules.

Once they complete the game they receive a diploma and they'll be ready to play against other children, family or at school, as well as playing with other apps from Play Magnus such as the Magnus trainer or Play Magnus.

About chess and its benefits

Over 600 million people all over the world play chess. It is a game played and enjoyed by all kinds of people, regardless of age, background, nationality or gender.

Across the world, chess is commonly used as a part of the curriculum because schools and teachers see the benefits chess can have on concentration, logical thinking, numeracy and social interaction. Educational studies have shown effects on both math and reading results among students.

What's New

Version 1.1.2

* Fixed a rather important issue which prevented some players from playing after exiting the game during a battle
* Added an option to easily send us the state of the game upon crashes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Best chess app out there!


I was extremely excited to learn that this company had made a chess app for kids. I downloaded it and my two daughters are in love with it and enjoy chess now when I could never get them interested before. By far the best chess app for kids out there! For any newcomers, this company also makes mind blowing apps for algebra, geometry and simple and complex addition/subtraction. They are like the Steve Jobs/George Lucas of educational apps!

No reason to hesitate


If you want your child to learn how to play chess, buy this. We are about 3 hours in, and my 4-year old has already internalized the moves and captures of pawns, rooks, and the king (the pieces he’s been introduced to so far in the game) and various tactical ideas (like the rook being weak if it is blocked). An excellent game, with attention to detail. As good as all their other apps, which you should also check out.

5 year old loves it, and so do I


Incredibly fun way to learn the basics of chess. My 5 year old can’t get enough and I have enjoyed it as well. He asked today if there is a way to play each other in the app rather than on a real board (as stated in the app). So that’s my only suggestion, a two player mode option after the end of game would be a great way to practice the skills we’ve learned in the app.


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543.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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