Want to test your chess skills against the World Champion of Chess? Now you can! Play Magnus offers you the opportunity to play chess against the official Magnus Carlsen "tuned" chess engine and gives you the chance to qualify to play Magnus Carlsen Live at a secret location! Play Magnus on your iPhone and iPod Touch - it's free!

Play Magnus supports single player gameplay, while future versions will offer multiplayer functionality.

In the mean time, test your skills against challenging the Magnus Carlsen computer opponent and share with your friends to earn additional points!

Play Magnus offers exciting features, including:
- Magnus Carlsen tuned chess engine with general functionality
- Sharing functions
- About Magnus Carlsen updates
- Exclusive chess training with Magnus Carlsen approved problems
- Exclusive video content of Magnus Carlsen
- Chance to qualify to Play Magnus Live at a secret location annually

What's New

Version 3.6.8

Bugfixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

876 Ratings

876 Ratings

Love this app!

Gigi cake shoppe

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

Best app ever!!!!!

Thunder feels the thunder

I am not just saying this because this is my favorite app. This app is amazing! I have started when I was about 10 or 11, and I worked on my chess skills for a while now. I have gotten very strong at chess and it is all thanks to this app. I love this app and recommend it to any chess player who wants to get better. Also check out the Magnus trainer. Also an excellent app!!!

Developer Response

Hi there, thanks for your nice review! We're happy to hear that you're enjoying our apps so much :)

- Janina from Play Magnus

Magnus Training


I've never been good at chess and at someone's suggestion downloaded Play Magnus. The five year old rarely responds to threats to any piece other than the king and is easy to beat even if you blunder a few times. The five and a half year old will actually respond to threats but still blunders a lot. By six he plays intelligently and at seven he mates me within 15-20 moves.


Play Magnus AS
132.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Play Magnus AS
In-App Purchases
  1. Magnometer Unlimited Use $4.99
  2. 77 Extra Levels $2.99
  3. Brain Power ×500 $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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