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A better, more fun way to learn and train chess! Master chess through engaging games and interactive lessons with Magnus Carlsen, the World Chess Champion!


Play unique, beautiful games crafted by chess experts and game design experts. Deepen your chess skills through premium lessons based on games by Magnus Carlsen and other world leading chess players. All games and lessons are created by Magnus Carlsen and his team of experienced Grand Masters, all of whom have years of coaching experience.

Magnus Trainer makes learning chess easy and engaging for players of all levels. New games are updated and added regularly to bring you the best possible experience, and we're adding new theory lessons every week.

Each mini-game has dozens of levels, ranging from beginner to advanced, allowing all chess players, new and experienced, to find a challenging fit to improve their skills. Those who have never played chess before are able to learn the fundamentals in a series of introductory lessons, while more experienced players have access to advanced tactics and strategies, covering a range of end-game essentials.


The Magnus Trainer app has been featured in Fast Company, The Guardian and VG, and is the creation of the team behind the Play Magnus app, winner of several design awards.

“I’ve always done things a little differently. That is what inspired me to create Magnus Trainer. Chess has always been fun, but this takes learning and training chess to a new level. Magnus Trainer is chess training for everyone!”
— Magnus Carlsen

“The Future of Chess!”
— Rob, App Store Reviewer

You can also check out our other free app, Play Magnus. Play against Magnus at any age from 5 years and up!


- Multiple unique, beginner-friendly mini-games, with dozens of levels in each.
- Unique and innovative game design ensures essential chess skills are developed in a fun and effective way.
- Caters to beginners and advanced players alike.
- Learn chess from the greatest player of all time!


The app is free to use, with added benefits for paying members.

Members enjoy instant access to all 170+ premium lessons, many exclusive only for members. As a member you also get infinite lives so you can always keep playing, including exclusive bonus levels. In addition, members get detailed statistics with insights into performance and game progress.

For Magnus Trainer we offer the following subscriptions:
- 1 month
- 12 months
- Lifetime


Payment will be charged to your iTunes account after you’ve confirmed a purchase. Subscription to a membership automatically renews, unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours of the end of the current period, and the price for renewal will be provided. You can change your subscription settings in Subscriptions in App Store, or in the More tab in Magnus Trainer, when a subscription is active.

It is not possible to cancel an active subscription to get a refund of remaining time.

Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.

For more information:
Terms of Use - http://www.playmagnus.com/terms
Privacy Policy - http://www.playmagnus.com/privacy


What's New

Version 1.7.0

Together with our team of Grand Masters, we’ve done a major redesign of the Course to provide you with an even more complete chess training program. With more than 100 new lessons in the Course, your training is better than ever!

Like our game? Rate the app and spread the love! See something we should improve or run into trouble? We’ll help you at feedback@playmagnus.com

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
297 Ratings
297 Ratings

Great app!

Chris Tot

I play this app a lot and love trying to 3-Star the different games. One thing though, and I have seen other reviews like this before is that some of the Croc Tamer Levels are physically impossible to 3-star. You have to fully wait for the croc to land on its square even if it’s a knight moving all the way across the board for example, and if the 4th or 5th croc is the one that makes a wrong move, too much time is eaten up waiting for animations. Even tapping as fast as possible does not achieve a 3-Star. Test Croc Tamer Level 9 in Session 32 with the only intention of 3-starring it to see what I mean. Perhaps there is a part of that gameplay that I am missing?

I have 3-starred Croc Tamer 1-8, and have 2-starred every other available Croc Tamer above that.

It’s also somewhat confusing just what criteria unlocks levels as a free to play player. I have 3-starred every level my Dad has even attempted, yet he has “Hanging Pawns” lesson unlocked, and I cannot figure out how to unlock it. Do different accounts have random extra lessons unlocked?

Developer Response

Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry that you've experienced these issues with Croc Tamer. I'll look into it, and see if there is something we can do differently or change. About the lessons, lessons get's unlocked when you reach them in the course. If you have a membership, all lessons are unlocked from the beginning. If this isn't the case, feel free to email us at feedback@playmagnus.com with the details, and we'll do what we can to help you out.

- Martine from Play Magnus

Amazing, but could use more functionality


Its obvious a huge amount of effort went into this app, but I think there some things Id still like to see different.

One example is it would be awesome if there was a “sandbox” mode. One where you could control all pieces on the board/ability to move all pieces into a desired position before initiating play. Do for example you start “sandbox mode”, you set up the board however you like then once you’re done you can allow AI to come in and start playing from a pre-made board.

Another thing Id LOVE to see is more functionality within the mini games, the mini games are already above and beyond my expectations for this app but the fact that you are only allowed to play them with semi-random pieces is kind of a disappointment. A way to fix this would be allowing players to choose which piece they play mini games with e.g. if I want to play a game with the knight only, I should be allowed to do so.

Developer Response

Hi there, thanks for letting us know how we can improve. We’ll be sure to take that into account when we plan future improvements to the app.
- Michelle from Play Magnus

Interesting but questionable


The timing aspect is the elephant in the room. I understand it’s good to get facile enough to be able to do quick calculations... but pegging notation perfectly under time stress? Identifying illegal moves when 4 pieces are moving on the board? Capturing occasionally vanishing keys with multiple pieces moving on the board? I’m going to keep playing, but I fail to understand how these things are actually helping my chess playing, even in a timed setting.

The best stuff is clearly the motifs, mate puzzles, lessons, and quick identifying of these. The rest feels like pointless, dexterity challenge to wear the player down to paying for the app, which I would have gladly done at the onset if I could skip all this nonsense with arbitrarily timed challenges that seem to have dubious positive value on OTB gameplay.

tl;dr Two dots app model. Can’t blame people for making money, but wish 1/2 the energy went into making an app that focused purely on chess training.

Developer Response

Hi Dan, thanks for reaching out and giving us feedback. We're continuously reviewing all of our games and will be making changes based on the input we've gotten from our users!

- Janina from Play Magnus


Play Magnus AS
105.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Play Magnus AS
In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly Premium Membership $6.99
  2. Yearly Premium Membership $74.99
  3. Refill All Lives $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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