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 3.6.6

We know some of you’ve been eagerly awaiting this — and it’s finally here! So, are you ready to take on 27-year-old Magnus? With less than a year until the next World Championship kicks off, you better start training!

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

461 Ratings

461 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!

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.

Very nice

Someone who enjoys good music

Challenging, for sure, and I’ve been playing many years. Really promotes skill development, and the training app, sold separately, is very well done and extremely enjoyable. App add-ons, which is fairly standard, are well priced and affordable. The free version is not too shabby by itself, but $10 in upgrades will serve you well. Highly recommend for any level of skill.


Play Magnus AS
130.7 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 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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