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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  1. Obakeng Leepo
    Obakeng Leepo
    4 hours ago

    Magnus Carlsen is the kind of guy that never forgets what he wanted to google immediately when he opens the browser

  2. Uvin Senevirathne
    Uvin Senevirathne
    14 hours ago

    If you forgot the password, ask it from Magnus

  3. Jinzo
    Day ago

    but I have 1300 rating on

  4. acrobatmapping
    Day 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

  5. Mike Peterson
    Mike Peterson
    2 days ago

    Freaking incredible

  6. Dzeraph 87
    Dzeraph 87
    2 days ago

    2:07 Why Magnus references himself in third person?

  7. Mike Bastiat
    Mike Bastiat
    4 days ago

    Jesus christ

  8. YudinhoBR
    5 days ago

    Please, do more videos like this.

  9. b. c.
    b. c.
    5 days ago

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

  10. Lazerbeast
    5 days ago

    Well its expected for someone with 190iq

    1. Pippo Pappo
      Pippo Pappo
      3 days ago

      He has not 190IQ.

  11. Kai Jie Soo
    Kai Jie Soo
    5 days ago

    today I learned Ron Weasley blundered a queen on move three

  12. Hyper Dude
    Hyper Dude
    5 days ago

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

  13. Jessica Joseph
    Jessica Joseph
    6 days ago

    Wow can he find my keys?

  14. David Kenyon
    David Kenyon
    6 days ago

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

  15. waqqashanafi
    6 days ago

    Infective laugh tho

  16. 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.

  17. KarlArsch
    6 days ago

    i guess it wasnt that difficult, but cool clip

  18. 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

  19. john honai
    john honai
    7 days ago


  20. Justin Miller
    Justin Miller
    7 days ago

    Meanwhile I can't remember what I had for breakfast

  21. MoonLit
    7 days ago

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

  22. Not3xactly
    7 days ago


  23. AntonsMovement
    7 days ago

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

  24. BREAKocean
    8 days ago

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

  25. The Chess Giant
    The Chess Giant
    8 days ago

    Absolutely astonishing!

  26. Roy M
    Roy M
    8 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".

  27. arash eslamkhah
    arash eslamkhah
    8 days ago

    holy fucking shit !!!! 😐

  28. S S
    S S
    8 days ago

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

  29. Mathis J
    Mathis J
    8 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..

  30. mrgyani
    8 days ago

    Is he human? How is this possible?

  31. David Goldstein
    David Goldstein
    8 days ago

    That was iMPRESSIVE!!

  32. El Eco del Tren
    El Eco del Tren
    8 days ago

    0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)

  33. AnthonyGL
    8 days ago a major part of chess just memorizing?

  34. George Sanos
    George Sanos
    9 days ago

    Absolute sickness.

  35. Trevor Evans-Young Jr.
    Trevor Evans-Young Jr.
    9 days 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!

  36. mark peters
    mark peters
    9 days ago

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

  37. Avicenna10
    9 days ago

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

  38. yasio bolo
    yasio bolo
    9 days ago

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

  39. Pat Just Pat
    Pat Just Pat
    9 days ago

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

  40. Charles Esquilla
    Charles Esquilla
    9 days ago

    Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday

  41. 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?

  42. Roman Vaisberg
    Roman Vaisberg
    9 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

  43. krix pop
    krix pop
    9 days ago

    Magnus deserves his name: he is indeed Magnus !

  44. Ayoub
    9 days ago

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

  45. Udara Jayawardena
    Udara Jayawardena
    9 days ago

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

  46. John Cee
    John Cee
    9 days ago

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

  47. JCriss
    9 days ago

    Fascinating. Music was annoying though.

  48. 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

  49. he tries his best
    he tries his best
    10 days ago

    I forgot why this video was on my tab

  50. dcQ23
    10 days ago

    Magnus? more like Chadnus.

  51. Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor Bosten
    Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor Bosten
    10 days ago


  52. 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.

  53. 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 =)

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

    1. 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.

  56. daniel german
    daniel german
    10 days ago

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

  57. iodedonpepto
    10 days ago

    Imagine being this fucking smart

  58. Mike Fraser
    Mike Fraser
    10 days ago

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

  59. Arnieus
    10 days ago

    I can't remember my own games.

  60. Rich Waters
    Rich Waters
    10 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?

  61. Samuel Pearlman
    Samuel Pearlman
    10 days ago

    Magnus are genius

  62. Josh Holliday
    Josh Holliday
    10 days ago

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

  63. Ioanpaul Pop
    Ioanpaul Pop
    10 days ago

    Bravo ba!!!!!!

  64. bragee
    10 days ago

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

  65. sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty
    10 days ago

    This guy deserves his title.

  66. 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.

  67. 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...

    1. sehhi vooty
      sehhi vooty
      10 days ago

      i can't even remember my login for

  68. Afdal H.
    Afdal H.
    11 days ago

    I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  69. G
    11 days ago

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

  70. Matete Mphanya
    Matete Mphanya
    11 days ago

    So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  71. 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.

  72. Jeff Camp
    Jeff Camp
    11 days ago

    This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!

  73. Marcello Ditta
    Marcello Ditta
    11 days ago

    I don't even remember how I got here

  74. Dimitrios Arvanitis
    Dimitrios Arvanitis
    11 days ago

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

  75. ashliski
    11 days ago

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

  76. TheLomotion
    11 days ago

    1:32 EXCUSE ME SIR

  77. Fredrich Risebrandt
    Fredrich Risebrandt
    11 days ago

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

  78. The Goat
    The Goat
    11 days ago

    Is this fake HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  79. Christopher Williams
    Christopher Williams
    11 days ago

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

  80. Goratch the mule
    Goratch the mule
    11 days ago

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

  81. Jiří Mohl
    Jiří Mohl
    11 days ago

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

  82. Earth Water
    Earth Water
    11 days ago

    Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity

  83. Andrew Tuma
    Andrew Tuma
    11 days ago

    i can't even remember my login for

  84. D M
    D M
    11 days ago

    That is insane.

  85. Aenima Lewis
    Aenima Lewis
    11 days ago

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

  86. Try Hard
    Try Hard
    11 days ago

    Bro how is this possible

  87. Tomás Cisneros
    Tomás Cisneros
    11 days ago

    There’s proof this is scripted.

  88. 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!

  89. modolief
    11 days ago

    Just ... wow.

  90. ricardo morillo
    ricardo morillo
    11 days ago

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

  91. matthew baxter
    matthew baxter
    11 days ago

    This why I'm only rated 1400

  92. jayna reynolds
    jayna reynolds
    11 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

  93. Mugen
    11 days ago

    Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met

  94. Dmitriy K
    Dmitriy K
    11 days ago

    3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?

  95. Smokebonde
    11 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.

  96. Joe Smith
    Joe Smith
    11 days ago

    Curious, anyone know who makes that board?

  97. dcoog anml
    dcoog anml
    11 days ago

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

  98. jonavuka
    11 days ago

    magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO

  99. Smiley Trashbag
    Smiley Trashbag
    11 days ago

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

  100. aodhan odonnell
    aodhan odonnell
    11 days ago

    You have to laugh at how ridiculously talented carlsen is