Magnus is the moving and inspirational true story of the Norwegian boy who, in his early twenties, managed to achieve and maintain the highest rating in chess history, going on to become the greatest chess champion of modern times. Through the glare of flashbulbs and the jostling of officials, we go deep inside the world of a uniquely gifted child-prodigy, applying a hitherto unseen instinctive playfulness to the serious mental sport of chess. Director Benjamin Ree’s thought-provoking documentary takes us on a ten-year journey, tracing the earliest developments of Magnus’ life, as he rises to the pinnacle of his career. Through unprecedented access to home movies and Magnus’ inner circle, we are permitted a look at the dramatic highs and lows of the emergence of a modern genius, known widely as ‘The Mozart of chess’.


  1. Really interesting, love of family, can make you reach your full potential 👍🏻❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  2. i think it’s lovely how supportive his family were / are – they all seem so invested in his success but also never forced him to perform – it was up to him. that support is so important.

  3. I can't believe the press are allowed to snap away at them during the actual gameplay. Surely that glass wall set up was designed to intimidate Carlson, knowing his reserved nature

  4. Dammm, his sister looks like him with hair.

  5. I play by intuition and see moves fairly instantaneously too. They’re just often the wrong move

  6. What an absolute king.. a really heartfelt and inspiring documentary which is really about fitting in. Told beautifully through chess and with the protagonist of giga chess chad himself whats not to love

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