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    Early Carlsen 201

    General Biography: Magnus Carlsen (born Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen November 1990) is a Norwegian Grandmaster and chess prodigy. He has achieved a rating of 2826, exceeded only by legendary 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov. Carlsen became a Grandmaster at the age of 13, making him the third-youngest Grandmaster in the chess history. On January 1st, 2010, at age 19, he officially claimed the #1 spot in the world in the FIDE ranking and since then he has always been one of the top 3 in the World.

    Magnus Carlsen does not really need an introduction for chess fans: he is a fierce and uncompromising weapon against anyone in the world. His games are full of exciting attacks and sacrifices. But becoming the best in the world required hard work, tactical mastery and sharp vision. One thing that sets him apart from the rest of the crowd is his unique ability to notice tiny details- maybe a misplaced piece or a slightly exposed King, and fully exploit it. 

    Early Carlsen 201 Course : Part 1, IM Levon Altounian has collected of 10 of Carlsen's most exciting early games (through 2006 when he was only 15 years old!) designed to help students learn from Carlsen’s most educational attacks, sharpen their tactics, and apply those skills in their own games. The course shows you how prodigies think and play, along with the kind of mistakes even grandmasters make in the early stage of their chess careers. Each game presents an important tactical concept, diagrams multiple variations, shows missed opportunities, and gives clear explanations for each choice. Hints and a specific Lesson Learned in each game help you digest the information in an easy and logical way.  In this course you will find almost every motif and flavor of tactics imaginable- from pins and forks to passed pawns and queen sacrifices. Good luck making use of them in your own games!

    Bonus Game: you will be given 1 game where Carlsen missed a relatively easy tactic- will you be able to spot what he missed?

    Enjoy!!

    -IM Levon Altounian

    PS Watch for my more advanced Carlsen puzzles, coming out soon.

    • 1Exposing the King / Speed of A...
    • 6.5Pawn Promotion / Speed...
    • 2Overworked Pieces / Deflection...
    • 7.5Frontal Checkmates...
    • 3Opening Files / Double Checks...
    • 8.5In Between Moves...
    • 4The Power of Knights...
    • 9.5Unprotected Pieces / X-ray...
    • 5Multiple checkmate threats...
    • 10.5Diagonal Checkmates...
    • 6Deflection...
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    Levon Altounian

    IM Levon Altounian is on the list of the most prominent chess players, coaches and organizers in the USA. He was a participant of three of the most prestigious US Championships, winner of the 2000 National Open and 2011 G10 National Open, many Arizona and California State Championships, including the 2010 “Champion of the State Champions” title. He also holds numerous records on ICC (chessclub.com) where he recently played a match with GM Hikaru Nakamura. Under his leadership, his students from all over the US won more than 100 Individual and Team State and National titles, including the K-5 Nationals in 2004 (Tucson, AZ team) and Denker competitions. His organization, called Arizona Chess For Schools, works tirelessly to promote chess on every level and also specializes in organizing chess events, camps and providing private and group lessons. To find out more please visit Arizonachessforschools.com or contact Levon directly at laltounian@msn.com.