I bet this is the natural reaction of many readers once they see the title of this article.
Indeed it is a dream of any chess fan to play like Magnus Carlsen.
OK, let me rephrase the original question: Should we play our openings exactly the same way Magnus Carlsen does?.
You would be surprised, but for the majority of chess players the answer is a resounding no!.
Whenever I attend a scholastic tournament, I see a bunch of games starting with the moves 1.d4 d5 2.
You won't be able to do it using the nearly perfect games of Carlsen and his super-GM opponents. »