Magnus Carlsen's Mind-Blowing Memory! World Chess Champion tested 

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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is put to the test by English Grandmaster David Howell! How many games can he recognise? Please note the Kasparov-Karpov game should show USSR flags for both players.
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Apr 30, 2021




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Evan Zick
Evan Zick 50 minutes ago
That’s what 190 iq looks like
Obakeng Leepo
Obakeng Leepo 12 hours ago
Magnus Carlsen is the kind of guy that never forgets what he wanted to google immediately when he opens the browser
Uvin Senevirathne
Uvin Senevirathne 21 hour ago
If you forgot the password, ask it from Magnus
Jinzo Day ago
but I have 1300 rating on chess.com
acrobatmapping 2 days ago
Magnus tried Fantasy football for first time this year and he won the European league with 10's of millions of competitors. He's obviously a genius
Mike Peterson
Mike Peterson 2 days ago
Freaking incredible
Dzeraph 87
Dzeraph 87 3 days ago
2:07 Why Magnus references himself in third person?
Mike Bastiat
Mike Bastiat 5 days ago
Jesus christ
YudinhoBR 5 days ago
Please, do more videos like this.
b. c.
b. c. 5 days ago
Chess doesn't drive people mad, it drives mad people sane.
Lazerbeast 5 days ago
Well its expected for someone with 190iq
Pippo Pappo
Pippo Pappo 3 days ago
He has not 190IQ.
Kai Jie Soo
Kai Jie Soo 5 days ago
today I learned Ron Weasley blundered a queen on move three
Hyper Dude
Hyper Dude 6 days ago
Meanwhile, me, staring intensely at the board for a min "is it my turn or yours?"
Jessica Joseph
Jessica Joseph 6 days ago
Wow can he find my keys?
David Kenyon
David Kenyon 6 days ago
I cant even remember what i had for lunch 2 days ago
waqqashanafi 6 days ago
Infective laugh tho
Old Man
Old Man 6 days ago
Kasparov newer hold Azerbaidjan flag and newer been Azerbaidjanian and newer represent this country, he played under USSR flag or Russian. Very poor knowledge.
KarlArsch 6 days ago
i guess it wasnt that difficult, but cool clip
Croatian Way
Croatian Way 7 days ago
Mother:Magnus what we have for dinner? Magnus: yeah whaetever i just didnt really like the broccoli with steak and apple sauce before Mother: and when was that Magnus:November 22,1993, 19:15pm
john honai
john honai 7 days ago
Justin Miller
Justin Miller 7 days ago
Meanwhile I can't remember what I had for breakfast
MoonLit 7 days ago
Magnus the type of guy that never forgets what he was going to say.
Not3xactly 8 days ago
AntonsMovement 8 days ago
It´s actually Ron Weasley not Harry Potter playing the chess game in Harry Potter and the Philosopher stone though!
BREAKocean 9 days ago
Anand one was too easy, he should have done fischer vs reshevsky and asked the same question
The Chess Giant
The Chess Giant 9 days ago
Absolutely astonishing!
Roy M
Roy M 9 days ago
In one of the tournaments he had a bad loss, they asked him which move went wrong he said "I don't remember".
arash eslamkhah
arash eslamkhah 9 days ago
holy fucking shit !!!! 😐
S S 9 days ago
I really don't understand how anyone can have that kind of memory.
Mathis J
Mathis J 9 days ago
This is definatley one of the coolest things about Magnus. I love it. His ability to remember chess stuff. I'm not sure, but I don't think it goes for anything. It's not like he remebers all things this easy. I might be wrong though... I think his father touched this subject in an interview..
mrgyani 9 days ago
Is he human? How is this possible?
David Goldstein
David Goldstein 9 days ago
That was iMPRESSIVE!!
El Eco del Tren
El Eco del Tren 9 days ago
0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)
AnthonyGL 9 days ago
So.....is a major part of chess just memorizing?
George Sanos
George Sanos 9 days ago
Absolute sickness.
Trevor Evans-Young Jr.
What is amazing is how few people in the world realize how amazing this is. I would have liked to see some 1888 game or something but still, really amazing. I am a musician and have realized that a chess memory and a music memory must be the same part of the brain. If you name something I can start singing it, if you play it I can name it. It's just in there without thinking, I can see it on his face. Still amazing, 4 moves, cmon!
mark peters
mark peters 9 days ago
His apponant hasnt made the move !!!!! Magnus already premoved.
Avicenna10 9 days ago
I’ve read that Fischer was the same way. Scary stuff.
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 9 days ago
moves a pawn and a knight Magnus: “it’s gonna be Anand” 😭
Pat Just Pat
Pat Just Pat 9 days ago
how is e4 e5 ke3 ke6 in any way enough to single out a game?
Charles Esquilla
Charles Esquilla 9 days ago
Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday
PhilomathBret 9 days ago
How did he know it was Zapata-Anand when all that was played was the first 2 moves of the Petroff?
Roman Vaisberg
Roman Vaisberg 10 days ago
Kasparov never played for Azerbaijan contrary to what the flag in the video suggests. Also in 1987 there was no Azerbaijan as a country to play for
krix pop
krix pop 10 days ago
Magnus deserves his name: he is indeed Magnus !
Ayoub 10 days ago
I don't think he has a great memory in life, the great memory is probably related to chess position
Udara Jayawardena
Udara Jayawardena 10 days ago
well, I think magnus probably have around 200 IQ. no wonder he is the Mozart of chess ♥
John Cee
John Cee 10 days ago
Ok Magzy...time for the Carolina Reaper challenge! LET'S SEE IT!!!
JCriss 10 days ago
Fascinating. Music was annoying though.
Hendarin Riandi
Hendarin Riandi 10 days ago
Wow ...... unbelievable ... Magnus so precise in memorizing so many details, .... no wonder he is a world champion, he maybe the GOAT in chess, with that very strong mind, how can he possibly be beaten? even remember the side story like Ian nepomniachi facing Indonesian player which he still remember the name, in youth tournament
he tries his best
he tries his best 10 days ago
I forgot why this video was on my tab
dcQ23 10 days ago
Magnus? more like Chadnus.
x. Kadavreski
x. Kadavreski 10 days ago
This is so funny when he's confused about the harry potter game. He was prolly searching deep down in his memory. Nice trick.
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 10 days ago
He'll still forget an anniversary with his future wife and be in trouble like all of us =)
Sean Singh
Sean Singh 10 days ago
In fairness, he was being shown very iconic positions in all of those games. I'm a 42yo sub-1900 and even I recognised Chucky's missed mate in 1 and the KK87 position which were the only ones from games that I'd seen. I remember watching the Chucky one on a VHS video with the guys from the my university's chess club in the 90s, it is one of the biggest howlers in chess history, and the KK87 one was a game that basically changed the course of world championship history. I'd be surprised if anyone rated over 2700 couldn't get those. The Harry Potter one was genuinely very impressive though.
Golden Child
Golden Child 10 days ago
This proves my theory that chess is mostly memory, I always feel bad when I play moves based on memory and win games instead of thinking of what should be the best move. I was thinking that the best chess players must do the same but with much better memory. I guess this is why they study games but it really shouldn't be this way, it used to not be but I guess with recordings and notes of old games it's much easier to remember moves then it is to think about moves. This is what makes Magnus the best in blitz as he uses his memory advantage but in classical the matches are much closer as you have more time to remember what the moves should be or to think what the right move should be.
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 10 days ago
Magnus Carlsen was sent from the future to kill Jon Connor but decided to pick up chess instead.
daniel german
daniel german 10 days ago
Is Magnus Carlsen using Mindpalace or Journeymethod or is his brain just that crazy good ?
iodedonpepto 10 days ago
Imagine being this fucking smart
Mike Fraser
Mike Fraser 11 days ago
Sometimes when I take a shower, I can't remember if I shampooed my hair yet.
Arnieus 11 days ago
I can't remember my own games.
Rich Waters
Rich Waters 11 days ago
I can't even remember the first 8 moves of a game I just played an hour ago. Can someone ask Magnus for me?
Samuel Pearlman
Samuel Pearlman 11 days ago
Magnus are genius
Josh Holliday
Josh Holliday 11 days ago
I can't remember what I had for breakfast half the time...
Ioanpaul Pop
Ioanpaul Pop 11 days ago
Bravo ba!!!!!!
bragee 11 days ago
You cannot either define this thing as "memory". This is something beyond
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty 11 days ago
This guy deserves his title.
Roger U.
Roger U. 11 days ago
0:39 "This is the 24. (!) game from Sevilla, obviously. Yeah! Not one of the games... the 24. Hilarious.
Nils Petras
Nils Petras 11 days ago
Well if you show the best known positions in all chess history, of course he remembers... give him a random game of some grandmaster tournament 10 years ago. And yes, of course it is his job. It is like asking a sports commentator if he recognizes the most famous moments of world championship history in his sport...
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty 11 days ago
i can't even remember my login for chess.com
Afdal H.
Afdal H. 11 days ago
I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL
G 11 days ago
How was he able to guess a game with 4 moves?
Matete Mphanya
Matete Mphanya 11 days ago
So Carlson is an alien. Cool
Boaz Sachs
Boaz Sachs 11 days ago
Magnus Carlsen was sent from the future to kill Jon Connor but decided to pick up chess instead.
Jeff Camp
Jeff Camp 11 days ago
This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!
Marcello Ditta
Marcello Ditta 11 days ago
I don't even remember how I got here
Dimitrios Arvanitis
He is the kind of guy that remembers all that... but he always forget where he put the car keys...
ashliski 11 days ago
And I can't even remember what I had for dinner 2 days ago
TheLomotion 11 days ago
Fredrich Risebrandt
I just couldn't stop smiling in pure awe through the entire video, what an amazing man!
The Goat
The Goat 11 days ago
Christopher Williams
"This is the 24th game from Seville, obviously." Obviously.
Goratch the mule
Goratch the mule 11 days ago
Wow this guy is so good he could one day be the world champion
Jiří Mohl
Jiří Mohl 11 days ago
Find someone who looks at you like David looks at Magnus.
Earth Water
Earth Water 11 days ago
Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity
Andrew Tuma
Andrew Tuma 11 days ago
i can't even remember my login for chess.com
D M 11 days ago
That is insane.
Aenima Lewis
Aenima Lewis 11 days ago
Magnus looks at the chess board like how we recognise past famous sport matches
Try Hard
Try Hard 11 days ago
Bro how is this possible
Tomás Cisneros
Tomás Cisneros 11 days ago
There’s proof this is scripted.
Michael H
Michael H 11 days ago
OBVIOUSLY the 2nd position shown was from the 24th game of the Sevilla WC match between Kasparov and Karpov. OBVIOUSLY!
modolief 11 days ago
Just ... wow.
ricardo morillo
ricardo morillo 11 days ago
where's the sherlock holmes chess game?!!!
matthew baxter
matthew baxter 11 days ago
This why I'm only rated 1400
jayna reynolds
jayna reynolds 12 days ago
It does indeed seem fantastic. However, anyone with a normal undamaged brain is capable of instant recall just as Magnus's performance here. It has to do with the connections between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. In Magnus's case, the photographic memory lies within a natural genetically enhanced frontal lobe that enables conscious direction of the vast reservoir of memory. Fact is, we all mentally absorb everything we've ever seen, heard, smelled or felt and it is duly recorded in our subconscious mind. As astonishing as this sounds, it is true. Our frontal lobes are like a valve that allows only a microscopic amount of our subconscious memory to be utilized by our conscious mind at any given moment. Think of it as a focus mechanism. And therein lies the secret of the savant mind. The simplest way to gain conscious control over the frontal lobe to enable total recall is
Mugen 12 days ago
Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met
Dmitriy K
Dmitriy K 12 days ago
3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?
Smokebonde 12 days ago
Btw, Garry Kasparov is not from Azerbaijan. He was from the Soviet Union, his mother was Armenian and his father was Jewish. He never associated himself with Azerbaijan whatsoever.
Joe Smith
Joe Smith 12 days ago
Curious, anyone know who makes that board?
dcoog anml
dcoog anml 12 days ago
moves a pawn and a knight Magnus: “it’s gonna be Anand” 😭
jonavuka 12 days ago
magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO
Smiley Trashbag
Smiley Trashbag 12 days ago
nice outfit! The guy in the suit looks dapper too.
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