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New chess app lets you test your mettle against `child prodigy` Magnus Carlsen

ANI | Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 13:07

Washington: A new chess app reportedly lets users play against chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen at various ages.

The Play Magnus iPhone app allows users to play the game against the current No.1 chess player in the world, as a 5-year-old to his current 23 year kick-butt self.
The grandmaster from Norway said that he was launching the app to inspire young people to get excited about chess, Cnet reports.

According to the report, the app uses a chess engine "tuned" from actual openings and games Carlsen has played.
The app also includes some free training videos where Carlsen walks one through upgrading their skills, but more advanced concepts cost 99 cents per video to unlock.

The report added that players could also earn points towards qualifying to play Carlsen live at an annual event.

First Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 13:07
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