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Carlsen versus Karjakin 2016 World Chess Championship

World Chess Championship

New York City, USA
November 30, 2016

Tiebreak Game 4

“The Magnificent Checkmate!”

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defended his World Chess Championship against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin with a magnificent checkmate to end the 16th and final game of the match—Tiebreak Game 4!

“The Magnificent Checkmate” is magnificent for three reasons.

1) Sergey Karjakin didn’t see it coming!

2) Sergey himself was threatening checkmate in one move!

3) Magnus’ Queen Sacrifice ended the 16th and final game of the World Chess Championship match.

THE PROBLEM: Playing the White pieces, Magnus Carlsen to move and checkmate Sergey Karjakin in two moves, forced!

Here is the position after Move 49. …Kh7:

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves!

See Solution Below >

Learn to Checkmate Like Magnus Carlsen

Checkmate! Ideas For Students

Checkmate! Ideas For Students

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Checkmate! Ideas For Students is a workbook that covers the tactics used in checkmate attacks.

Unlike many other basic checkmate books, Checkmate! categorizes the mates by the tactics used–rather than only the checkmate pattern itself.

The worksheets and Answer Key are clear and simple for the student to use, and easy for the parent, teacher and coach to correct! Fun!



A Queen sacrifice!

50. Qh6+!! A magnificent finish to a world title defense! Magnus Carlsen sacrifices his Queen for one of the most beautiful checkmates in the history of chess.

White plays Qh6+ sacrificing the Queen!

If Sergey Karjakin play 50. …Kxh6, Magnus Carlsen plays 51. Rh8# Checkmate! See below!

...Kxh6? then Rh8#!

If Sergey Karjakin play 50. …gxh6, Carlsen plays 51. Rxf7# Checkmate! See below!

...if gxh6, then Rxf7#!

The Solution:

48. Qh6+!         Kxh6

49. Rh8#!


48. Qh6+!          gxh6

49. Rxf7#!

“To progress in chess, a good player must learn how to end the game in checkmate!”

-John Bain, author of the best-selling scholastic chess workbook Checkmate! Ideas For Students as well as the blog Endgame Checkmate Patterns For Students!


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