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

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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  1. BREAKocean

    BREAKocean7 hours ago

    Anand one was too easy, he should have done fischer vs reshevsky and asked the same question

  2. The Chess Giant

    The Chess Giant7 hours ago

    Absolutely astonishing!

  3. Roy M

    Roy M8 hours ago

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

  4. arash eslamkhah

    arash eslamkhah10 hours ago

    holy fucking shit !!!! 😐

  5. S S

    S S11 hours ago

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

  6. Mathis J

    Mathis J12 hours 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..

  7. mrgyani

    mrgyani12 hours ago

    Is he human? How is this possible?

  8. David Goldstein

    David Goldstein12 hours ago

    That was iMPRESSIVE!!

  9. El Eco del Tren

    El Eco del Tren13 hours ago

    0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)

  10. AnthonyGL

    AnthonyGL14 hours ago a major part of chess just memorizing?

  11. George Sanos

    George Sanos18 hours ago

    Absolute sickness.

  12. Trevor Evans-Young Jr.

    Trevor Evans-Young Jr.20 hours ago

    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!

  13. mark peters

    mark petersDay ago

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

  14. Avicenna10

    Avicenna10Day ago

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

  15. yasio bolo

    yasio boloDay ago

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

  16. Pat Just Pat

    Pat Just PatDay ago

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

  17. Charles Esquilla

    Charles EsquillaDay ago

    Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday

  18. PhilomathBret

    PhilomathBretDay ago

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

  19. Roman Vaisberg

    Roman VaisbergDay 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

  20. krix pop

    krix popDay ago

    Magnus deserves his name: he is indeed Magnus !

  21. Ayoub

    AyoubDay ago

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

  22. Udara Jayawardena

    Udara JayawardenaDay ago

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

  23. John Cee

    John CeeDay ago

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

  24. JCriss

    JCrissDay ago

    Fascinating. Music was annoying though.

  25. Hendarin Riandi

    Hendarin RiandiDay 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

  26. he tries his best

    he tries his bestDay ago

    I forgot why this video was on my tab

  27. dcQ23

    dcQ23Day ago

    Magnus? more like Chadnus.

  28. Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor Bosten

    Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor BostenDay ago


  29. x. Kadavreski

    x. KadavreskiDay 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.

  30. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyuiDay ago

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

  31. Sean Singh

    Sean SinghDay 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.

  32. Golden Child

    Golden ChildDay 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.

  33. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyuiDay ago

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

  34. daniel german

    daniel german2 days ago

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

  35. iodedonpepto

    iodedonpepto2 days ago

    Imagine being this fucking smart

  36. Mike Fraser

    Mike Fraser2 days ago

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

  37. Arnieus

    Arnieus2 days ago

    I can't remember my own games.

  38. Rich Waters

    Rich Waters2 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?

  39. Samuel Pearlman

    Samuel Pearlman2 days ago

    Magnus are genius

  40. Josh Holliday

    Josh Holliday2 days ago

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

  41. Ioanpaul Pop

    Ioanpaul Pop2 days ago

    Bravo ba!!!!!!

  42. bragee

    bragee2 days ago

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

  43. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty2 days ago

    This guy deserves his title.

  44. Roger U.

    Roger U.2 days ago

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

  45. Nils Petras

    Nils Petras2 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...

  46. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty2 days ago

    i can't even remember my login for

  47. Afdal H.

    Afdal H.2 days ago

    I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  48. G

    G2 days ago

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

  49. Matete Mphanya

    Matete Mphanya2 days ago

    So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  50. Boaz Sachs

    Boaz Sachs2 days ago

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

  51. Jeff Camp

    Jeff Camp2 days ago

    This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!

  52. Marcello Ditta

    Marcello Ditta2 days ago

    I don't even remember how I got here

  53. Dimitrios Arvanitis

    Dimitrios Arvanitis2 days ago

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

  54. ashliski

    ashliski2 days ago

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

  55. TheLomotion

    TheLomotion2 days ago

    1:32 EXCUSE ME SIR

  56. Fredrich Risebrandt

    Fredrich Risebrandt2 days ago

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

  57. The Goat

    The Goat2 days ago

    Is this fake HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  58. Christopher Williams

    Christopher Williams3 days ago

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

  59. Goratch the mule

    Goratch the mule3 days ago

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

  60. Jiří Mohl

    Jiří Mohl3 days ago

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

  61. Earth Water

    Earth Water3 days ago

    Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity

  62. Andrew Tuma

    Andrew Tuma3 days ago

    i can't even remember my login for

  63. D M

    D M3 days ago

    That is insane.

  64. Aenima Lewis

    Aenima Lewis3 days ago

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

  65. Try Hard

    Try Hard3 days ago

    Bro how is this possible

  66. Tomás Cisneros

    Tomás Cisneros3 days ago

    There’s proof this is scripted.

  67. Michael H

    Michael H3 days ago

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

  68. modolief

    modolief3 days ago

    Just ... wow.

  69. ricardo morillo

    ricardo morillo3 days ago

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

  70. matthew baxter

    matthew baxter3 days ago

    This why I'm only rated 1400

  71. jayna reynolds

    jayna reynolds3 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

  72. Mugen

    Mugen3 days ago

    Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met

  73. Dmitriy K

    Dmitriy K3 days ago

    3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?

  74. Smokebonde

    Smokebonde3 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.

  75. Joe Smith

    Joe Smith3 days ago

    Curious, anyone know who makes that board?

  76. dcoog anml

    dcoog anml3 days ago

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

  77. jonavuka

    jonavuka3 days ago

    magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO

  78. Smiley Trashbag

    Smiley Trashbag3 days ago

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

  79. aodhan odonnell

    aodhan odonnell3 days ago

    You have to laugh at how ridiculously talented carlsen is

  80. Eazy C

    Eazy C3 days ago

    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.

  81. dcoog anml

    dcoog anml3 days ago

    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

  82. Murat Bock

    Murat Bock3 days ago

    Imagine him being a witness in court

  83. c homme

    c hommeDay ago

    he must know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried

  84. Horst Borst

    Horst Borst3 days ago

    wrong flag for Kasparov at 00:30

  85. Łukasz Erber

    Łukasz Erber3 days ago

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

  86. Lancelot Link

    Lancelot Link3 days ago

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

  87. ahpacific

    ahpacific3 days ago

    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.

  88. thinkofwhy

    thinkofwhy3 days ago

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

  89. André Macedo

    André Macedo3 days ago


  90. Ayume Hirano

    Ayume Hirano3 days ago


  91. Loke Grønbech

    Loke Grønbech3 days ago

    So Crazy!!!! Love it :)

  92. gghelis

    gghelis3 days ago

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

  93. Jason Arthur Taylor

    Jason Arthur Taylor3 days ago

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

  94. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt3 days ago

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

  95. Road Less Travelled

    Road Less Travelled3 days ago

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

  96. Kamen Zhelyazkov

    Kamen Zhelyazkov3 days ago

    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

  97. Lema

    Lema4 days ago

    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!

  98. Mehul Vermac

    Mehul Vermac4 days ago

    I also have photographic memory, but damn.

  99. SC

    SC4 days ago

    He is incredible!

  100. Duy Tran DLe

    Duy Tran DLe4 days ago

    anh này chắc là cao thủ cờ vua

  101. Hance Ibanez

    Hance Ibanez4 days ago

    No doubt, a world champion he is!

  102. jaydee514

    jaydee5144 days ago

    unreal. i can barely remember what I hate yesterday.

  103. Billy Amurao

    Billy Amurao4 days ago

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

  104. Robert Beuck

    Robert Beuck4 days ago

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