The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen played so many games that he managed to beat strong players with brilliant combinations and sacrifices some of them were in the world championship and other games wherein regular tournament, we collected some of the best queen sacrifices by Magnus Carlsen that gave him astonishing victories.
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Magnus Carlsen VS Wesley So
Wesley just played bishop to c4 attacking black rook on f8 and when the rook moved to e8 he continues attacking it by moving his queen to d7, and now Magnus rook and bishop are under attack and there is a way to save both pieces, In this position, the world champion came up with brilliant combination starting with a queen sacrifice.
Magnus played Q×d1+ taking the rook, white capture back with his bishop, Magnus continues the attack with rook to e1 check, Kg2 and now bishop to f1 check, and Wesley resigned because he will end up a piece down or even get checkmated in few moves.
if white had played Kf3, then night to e5 win the queen back, and if king to h1 or g1 then bishop to h6 is checkmate.
Magnus VS Sergey Karjakin
On the world chess championship 2016, the two players reached this position where black is threatening checkmate in one move, by the queen or the rook and there is no defense against it, but it is Magnus turn and he found the best move on the board, Kariakin resigned immediately after seeing this move.
Magnus sacrifices his queen and played Qh6 check, if black takes the queen with the g7 pawn then rook to f7 checkmate with the aid of the h5 pawn that guards the g6 square cutting black’s king escape root, and if the king takes the queen then rook to h8 is checkmate. this victory was very important for Carlsen and he ends up defending his title successfully.
Magnus Carlsen VS Anand
They reached this position where the black knight threatening to capture the white queen on d5, we can see that the black king is not that safe, and the only pieces defending it are the queen on d8 and the bishop on f8. Carlsen started his combination by moving the night to d8 checking the king with his queen and threatening rook to f8 checkmate in one move if black takes the queen. the only other option that black has is to move his king to g8 moving away of the check, but even that wouldn’t save him because white simply plays queen to h8 check forcing the king back to h8 then rook to f8 would be checkmate.
Magnus Carlsen VS Jon Ludvig Hammer
In the past few moves, Hammer played bishop to d3 and rook to d1 trying to capture whit’s night which now has no good escaping root, but when you look whit a little bit of attention to the position you will notice that the whit’s king is almost trapped and if black managed to put a rook or a queen on the (a) file then it would be a checkmate with the help on the d2 knight. the combination starts with queen h5 check, and after the pawn captures, the (d) rook moves to h4 delivering a beautiful checkmate with only two pieces the rook and the knight.
Magnus Carlsen VS Hanz 2003
the 12 years old Magnus Carlsen played this game in a tournament in Copenhagen 2003, at that time his rating was around 2380, his opponent was a little bit lower-rated than him around 2200 ELO, Magnus played the Ruy Lopez, and the two players reached this position, Magnus just sacrificed a night on (h5) and black took it with his (g) pawn. in this position Magnus sacrificed his queen and took the night on (g5) threatening checkmate in one, after black’s recapture Magnus played rook to (f7) check, the king takes (h6) and rook takes (h5( checkmate with the help of the bishop on (c1).
Magnus Carlsen VS Andre Diamant
this game was played in 2003 back when Magnus has only 12 years old, Magnus rated 2450 ELO, 300 points higher than his opponent played the Scotch game, and they reached this position where black just retreated his rook back from c7 to c8 which was a blunder, Magnus punishes him by sacrificing his queen by taking the f7 rook, black captured back with his queen but few moves later he resigned the game. a brilliant sacrifice by a 12-year-old boy.
Magnus Carlsen vs Zaven Andriasian
Greece, Halkidiki 2003, Magnus needed only 24 moves to finish his opponent with an astonishing queen sacrifice, few moves before this position Magnus sacrificed his rook on d7 trying to lure away black’s night from the protection of the king, black didn’t capture the rook and tried to counter-attack on the queenside, but on this position, Carlsen sacrificed his queen and played 24.Q×g4 1-0.