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 3.11.8

If you’re one of the unlucky few who have had problems with the ad-free upgrade not working, we’ve fixed it now. We found some other small bugs hiding with it that we eradicated as well. Thanks for helping us track down these bugs!

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.9K Ratings
1.9K Ratings
Gigi cake shoppe ,

Love this app!

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

Wrique ,

Pure Excellence!

This is by far the most friendly and enjoyable chess app in the universe! It's perfect for anyone of any age who wants to learn and/or play chess. Having seen several interviews with Magnus, they have clearly managed to weave his very likable personality into this app. His comments are just as you would expect - positive, friendly and encouraging. I've played chess over 40 years and in my first hour with this I have already learned valuable information I didn't know before! Get this app! You won't be disappointed! I honestly don't see how they could have made it any more enjoyable!

Developer Response ,

Hi Wrique. Thanks so much for your kind words. Really glad to hear you're enjoying the app! Have a great week!

***Timbo** ,

Great chess app for all ELO levels

This app is great! I've downloaded a bunch of free chess apps on the app store and this was my favorite. I'm very much a novice chess player but I love it and am interested in learning and this app has been addictive. I'm stuck on the age 9 difficulty at the moment but I was stuck on an eight hour plane ride and played on this app most of the time lol. Would also highly recommend to download in the app store the Magnus Trainer app that they have also developed. Wonder mix of free to play and pay to play. I haven't spent money on it yet but I will soon after I finish all the free things.


Play Magnus AS
162.7 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+
© 2018 Play Magnus AS
In-App Purchases
  1. Magnometer Unlimited Use $6.99
  2. 77 Extra Levels $4.99
  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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