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

Joylandi 30-Apr, 2021
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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  • Anand one was too easy, he should have done fischer vs reshevsky and asked the same question

  • Absolutely astonishing!

  • In one of the tournaments he had a bad loss, they asked him which move went wrong he said "I don't remember".

  • holy fucking shit !!!! 😐

  • I really don't understand how anyone can have that kind of memory.

  • 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..

  • Is he human? How is this possible?

  • That was iMPRESSIVE!!

  • 0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)

  • a major part of chess just memorizing?

  • Absolute sickness.

  • 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!

  • His apponant hasnt made the move !!!!! Magnus already premoved.

  • I’ve read that Fischer was the same way. Scary stuff.

  • moves a pawn and a knight Magnus: “it’s gonna be Anand” 😭

  • how is e4 e5 ke3 ke6 in any way enough to single out a game?

  • Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday

  • How did he know it was Zapata-Anand when all that was played was the first 2 moves of the Petroff?

  • 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

  • Magnus deserves his name: he is indeed Magnus !

  • I don't think he has a great memory in life, the great memory is probably related to chess position

  • well, I think magnus probably have around 200 IQ. no wonder he is the Mozart of chess ♥

  • Ok Magzy...time for the Carolina Reaper challenge! LET'S SEE IT!!!

  • Fascinating. Music was annoying though.

  • 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

  • I forgot why this video was on my tab

  • Magnus? more like Chadnus.

  • speechless

  • This is so funny when he's confused about the harry potter game. He was prolly searching deep down in his memory. Nice trick.

  • He'll still forget an anniversary with his future wife and be in trouble like all of us =)

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Magnus Carlsen was sent from the future to kill Jon Connor but decided to pick up chess instead.

  • Is Magnus Carlsen using Mindpalace or Journeymethod or is his brain just that crazy good ?

  • Imagine being this fucking smart

  • Sometimes when I take a shower, I can't remember if I shampooed my hair yet.

  • I can't remember my own games.

  • I can't even remember the first 8 moves of a game I just played an hour ago. Can someone ask Magnus for me?

  • Magnus are genius

  • I can't remember what I had for breakfast half the time...

  • Bravo ba!!!!!!

  • You cannot either define this thing as "memory". This is something beyond

  • This guy deserves his title.

  • 0:39 "This is the 24. (!) game from Sevilla, obviously. Yeah! Not one of the games... the 24. Hilarious.

  • 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...

    • i can't even remember my login for

  • I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  • How was he able to guess a game with 4 moves?

  • So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  • Magnus Carlsen was sent from the future to kill Jon Connor but decided to pick up chess instead.

  • This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!

  • I don't even remember how I got here

  • He is the kind of guy that remembers all that... but he always forget where he put the car keys...

  • And I can't even remember what I had for dinner 2 days ago

  • 1:32 EXCUSE ME SIR

  • I just couldn't stop smiling in pure awe through the entire video, what an amazing man!

  • Is this fake HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  • "This is the 24th game from Seville, obviously." Obviously.

  • Wow this guy is so good he could one day be the world champion

  • Find someone who looks at you like David looks at Magnus.

  • Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity

  • i can't even remember my login for

  • That is insane.

  • Magnus looks at the chess board like how we recognise past famous sport matches

  • Bro how is this possible

  • There’s proof this is scripted.

  • OBVIOUSLY the 2nd position shown was from the 24th game of the Sevilla WC match between Kasparov and Karpov. OBVIOUSLY!

  • Just ... wow.

  • where's the sherlock holmes chess game?!!!

  • This why I'm only rated 1400

  • 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

  • Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met

  • 3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?

  • 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.

  • Curious, anyone know who makes that board?

  • moves a pawn and a knight Magnus: “it’s gonna be Anand” 😭

  • magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO

  • nice outfit! The guy in the suit looks dapper too.

  • You have to laugh at how ridiculously talented carlsen is

  • At first I was wondering how he knew it was Anand, but then realized there are probably very few if any other high level Petroff games.

    • when he argues with his wife and she brings up some things that happened in the past and Magnus opens up the bag with facts from his mind to checkmate the wife

  • Imagine him being a witness in court

    • he must know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried

  • wrong flag for Kasparov at 00:30

  • I mean I understand that he easliy gets the positions right but the fact that he insta guessed after 2 moves is actually wow

  • I can't even remember why I'm sitting here watching this.

  • People forget that it's much easier to remember things that you find them very interesting. However, it's amazing he remembered a Harry Potter game because, unlike the game in Queen's Gambit, it probably was not interesting...or maybe to him any chess in a film with actors is at least mildly interesting.

  • It's BOTH a blessing and a curse. Never forget that.

  • ??????????


  • So Crazy!!!! Love it :)

  • Well, to be fair, pretty much every top-level player will show similar results in such a test.

  • It would be a good video but you have this dumb music playing on top of Magnus. Why?!?!

  • How did he Know Anand vs Zapata by just looking at the opening 😵

  • Magnus is the only guy to out-remember his wife during an argument.

  • when he argues with his wife and she brings up some things that happened in the past and Magnus opens up the bag with facts from his mind to checkmate the wife

  • I really want to know what the inside of his brain looks like when he's recalling past chess games. Someone should hook his brain up to view the activity!

  • I also have photographic memory, but damn.

  • He is incredible!

  • anh này chắc là cao thủ cờ vua

  • No doubt, a world champion he is!

  • unreal. i can barely remember what I hate yesterday.

  • I cant even remember whats the next move after bXc4 on Queens Gambit Accepted.

  • Only the late great Robert James Fischer could even come close to this... In my humble opinion of course