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Learn to Play Chess with the Free App – Magnus Trainer

Learn to Play Chess with the Free App – Magnus Trainer with the Chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. Free on iOS and Android.

When my kids get bored, the first thing they do is go to their iPads. It’s easy to get sucked into countless hours of mundane content and games. That’s why I love when I find apps like Magnus Trainer for my kids and I to play!

This post is made possible by support from Play Magnus. All opinions are my own.

Why You Should Play Magnus Trainer

I don’t know about you, but I never learned chess! Just a few weeks ago, we were at a recreation center with a chess board. My son, who is 10, asked to play, but neither my husband or I knew how to play! So, I was so happy to find out about the Magnus Trainer app!

Magnus Trainer is a completely new way to learn and train chess through engaging mini-games and interactive lessons. It’s a great way for beginners to learn chess, and for more experienced players to train and improve their chess skills.

The Magnus Trainer app is free to download, and is focused on training chess skills together with the chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. What’s better than learning from the world champ himself? The team behind the Magnus Trainer app have a mission: to use chess as a fun tool to make the world a smarter place.

One of the things I am always hearing from my son’s teacher is that he needs to focus on his concentration skills. I like that the Magnus Trainer app is something he can use to hone in on those skills. For myself, as I have gotten older I am losing a lot of my critical thinking skills and the app is something I play when I need some time to unwind and focus.

The Magnus Trainer app is very easy to use! Between my son and I, he certainly can pick up new tricks faster than I can. But, we are both having fun playing and learning chess. We even have my husband hooked on it now too!


Lessons are either taken from Magnus Carlsen’s own games, or discussed through Magnus’ perspective as an experienced chess player. Although the lessons range from the very basic to very advanced, they are explained so anyone can follow them. My 10 year old has had no problem navigating through the app, which as a parent is very important to me. Nothing is worse than when your kid loves to play something but it gives them trouble!


Magnus Trainer has a growing collection of varied minigames that provides an engaging all-round training of chess skills, as well as aiding in reinforcing learning from lessons.

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.

Magnus Trainer is available on iOS and Android and is recommended for all ages, but recommended for those 10 and up! Find out more on their website here!

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Ishan patnaik

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Good app

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David Elliott

Friday 4th of January 2019

I would be curious to check this out. I know my daughter had a class while she was in school. She had a good time learning chess. I think this would be fun for her.


Friday 4th of January 2019

That sounds really cool. I used to love chess and played a lot when I was in school. That's a great app to start playing again.


Friday 4th of January 2019

This looks so great! I love playing chess but can never figure out how to teach it to my kids. This is a perfect solution!