The Magnus Method
320 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2021
What is it that makes Magnus Carlsen the strongest chess player in the world? Why do Carlsen’s opponents, the best players around, fail to see his moves coming? Moves that, when you replay his games, look natural and self-evident?
Emmanuel Neiman has been studying Carlsen’s games and style of play for many years. His findings will surprise, delight and educate every player, regardless of their level. He explains a key element in the World Champion’s play: instead of the ‘absolute’ best move he often plays the move that is likely to give him the better chances.
Carlsen’s singular ability to win positions that are equal or only very slightly favourable comes down to this: he doesn’t let his opponents get what they hope for while offering them the maximum amount of chances to go wrong. In areas such as pawn play, piece play, exchanges as a positional weapon and breaking the rules in endgames, Neiman shows that Magnus Carlsen has brought a new understanding to the game.
Neiman also looks at Carlsen’s key qualities that are not directly related to technique. Such as his unparalleled fighting spirit and his ability to objectively evaluate any kind of position and situation. Carlsen is extremely widely read and knows basically everything about chess. What’s more, as the most versatile player in the history of the game he is totally unpredictable.
The Magnus Method presents a complete analysis of the skills that make the difference. With lots of surprising and instructive examples and quizzes. Examining Carlsen’s abilities together with Emmanuel Neiman is a delightful way to unlock you own potential.
Emmanuel Neiman is a FIDE Master who teaches chess in his home country France. He is the (co-) author of Invisible Chess Moves and Tune Your Chess Tactics Antenna, highly successful books on tactics and training.
006 Explanation of symbols
030 Chapter 1) Style: from Karpov to Tal?
040 Chapter 2) The opening revolution
044 Chapter 3) Attack: inviting everyone to the party
057 Chapter 4) Defence: the preventive counter-attack
062 Chapter 5) Tactics: ‘les petites combinaisons’
076 Chapter 6) Exchanges: Carlsen’s main positional weapon
083 Chapter 7) Calculation: keeping a clear mind
090 Chapter 8) Planning: when knowledge brings vision
094 Chapter 9) Pawns: perfect technique and new tips
102 Chapter 10) Pieces: the art of going backwards
113 Chapter 11) Endings: breaking the principles
118 Chapter 12) How to win against Magnus Carlsen: the hidden defects?
122 Chapter 13) Games and solutions
317 Index of names