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

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  • Published on Apr 30, 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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Comments • 70

  • Jinzo
    Jinzo 5 hours ago

    but I have 1300 rating on chess.com

  • acrobatmapping
    acrobatmapping 16 hours 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 Day ago

    Freaking incredible

  • Dzeraph 87
    Dzeraph 87 Day ago

    2:07 Why Magnus references himself in third person?

  • Mike Bastiat
    Mike Bastiat 3 days ago

    Jesus christ

  • YudinhoBR
    YudinhoBR 4 days ago

    Please, do more videos like this.

  • b. c.
    b. c. 4 days ago

    Chess doesn't drive people mad, it drives mad people sane.

  • Lazerbeast
    Lazerbeast 4 days ago

    Well its expected for someone with 190iq

  • Kai Jie Soo
    Kai Jie Soo 4 days ago

    today I learned Ron Weasley blundered a queen on move three

  • Hyper Dude
    Hyper Dude 4 days ago

    Meanwhile, me, staring intensely at the board for a min "is it my turn or yours?"

  • Jessica Joseph
    Jessica Joseph 5 days ago

    Wow can he find my keys?

  • David Kenyon
    David Kenyon 5 days ago

    I cant even remember what i had for lunch 2 days ago

  • waqqashanafi
    waqqashanafi 5 days ago

    Infective laugh tho

  • Old Man
    Old Man 5 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
    KarlArsch 5 days ago

    i guess it wasnt that difficult, but cool clip

  • Croatian Way
    Croatian Way 6 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 6 days ago

    scripted

  • Justin Miller
    Justin Miller 6 days ago

    Meanwhile I can't remember what I had for breakfast

  • MoonLit
    MoonLit 6 days ago +1

    Magnus the type of guy that never forgets what he was going to say.

  • Not3xactly
    Not3xactly 6 days ago

    Scary

  • AntonsMovement
    AntonsMovement 6 days ago

    It´s actually Ron Weasley not Harry Potter playing the chess game in Harry Potter and the Philosopher stone though!

  • BREAKocean
    BREAKocean 7 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 7 days ago

    Absolutely astonishing!

  • Roy M
    Roy M 7 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 7 days ago

    holy fucking shit !!!! 😐

  • S S
    S S 7 days ago

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

  • Mathis J
    Mathis J 7 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
    mrgyani 7 days ago

    Is he human? How is this possible?

  • David Goldstein
    David Goldstein 7 days ago

    That was iMPRESSIVE!!

  • El Eco del Tren
    El Eco del Tren 7 days ago

    0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)

  • AnthonyGL
    AnthonyGL 7 days ago +1

    So.....is a major part of chess just memorizing?

  • George Sanos
    George Sanos 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Avicenna10
    Avicenna10 8 days ago

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

  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo 8 days ago

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

  • Pat Just Pat
    Pat Just Pat 8 days ago

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

  • Charles Esquilla
    Charles Esquilla 8 days ago

    Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday

  • PhilomathBret
    PhilomathBret 8 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 8 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 8 days ago

    Magnus deserves his name:
    he is indeed Magnus !

  • Ayoub
    Ayoub 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • John Cee
    John Cee 8 days ago

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

  • JCriss
    JCriss 8 days ago

    Fascinating. Music was annoying though.

  • Hendarin Riandi
    Hendarin Riandi 9 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 9 days ago

    I forgot why this video was on my tab

  • dcQ23
    dcQ23 9 days ago

    Magnus? more like Chadnus.

  • x. Kadavreski
    x. Kadavreski 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Sean Singh
    Sean Singh 9 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 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • daniel german
    daniel german 9 days ago

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

  • iodedonpepto
    iodedonpepto 9 days ago

    Imagine being this fucking smart

  • Mike Fraser
    Mike Fraser 9 days ago +10

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

  • Arnieus
    Arnieus 9 days ago

    I can't remember my own games.

  • Rich Waters
    Rich Waters 9 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 9 days ago +1

    Magnus are genius

  • Josh Holliday
    Josh Holliday 9 days ago

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

  • Ioanpaul Pop
    Ioanpaul Pop 9 days ago

    Bravo ba!!!!!!

  • bragee
    bragee 9 days ago +2

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

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty 9 days ago +2

    This guy deserves his title.

  • Roger U.
    Roger U. 10 days ago +1

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

  • Nils Petras
    Nils Petras 10 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 9 days ago

      i can't even remember my login for chess.com

  • Afdal H.
    Afdal H. 10 days ago +1

    I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  • G
    G 10 days ago

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

  • Matete Mphanya
    Matete Mphanya 10 days ago

    So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  • Boaz Sachs
    Boaz Sachs 10 days ago

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

  • Jeff Camp
    Jeff Camp 10 days ago

    This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!