The Stonewall Magnus Carlsen

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen teaches you how to play the Stonewall, an opening based on putting your pawns on f5, e6 and d5 with Black.

Using his own games, Carlsen shows us the ideas that he pioneered or applied to beat the likes of Vishy Anand and Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces.


To understand how to play the Stonewall! Start employing a fighting opening with Black, unbalancing the structure early on - plus get to enjoy watching how the World Champion does it.

Additional information about the video

In this introduction to his series on the Stonewall, World Champion Magnus Carlsen explains how he was taught this structure and how you can benefit from this series.


  • Intro

    03:55 min
  • Anand-Carlsen: Carlsen's first Stonewall

    23:35 min
  • Caruana-Carlsen: A strong and creative idea for White

    13:14 min
  • Wojtaszek-Carlsen: White plays Nh3

    21:43 min
  • Giri-Carlsen: Is the Stonewall playable without the dark-squared bishop?

    10:41 min
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