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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  • Mike Bastiat
    Mike Bastiat

    Jesus christ

  • YudinhoBR

    Please, do more videos like this.

  • b. c.
    b. c.

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

  • Lazerbeast

    Well its expected for someone with 190iq

    • Pippo Pappo
      Pippo Pappo

      He has not 190IQ.

  • Kai Jie Soo
    Kai Jie Soo

    today I learned Ron Weasley blundered a queen on move three

  • Hyper Dude
    Hyper Dude

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

  • Jessica Joseph
    Jessica Joseph

    Wow can he find my keys?

  • David Kenyon
    David Kenyon

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

  • waqqashanafi

    Infective laugh tho

  • Old Man
    Old Man

    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

    i guess it wasnt that difficult, but cool clip

  • Croatian Way
    Croatian Way

    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


  • Justin Miller
    Justin Miller

    Meanwhile I can't remember what I had for breakfast

  • MoonLit

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

  • Not3xactly


  • AntonsMovement

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

  • BREAKocean

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

  • The Chess Giant
    The Chess Giant

    Absolutely astonishing!

  • Roy M
    Roy M

    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

    holy fucking shit !!!! 😐

  • S S
    S S

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

  • Mathis J
    Mathis J

    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

    Is he human? How is this possible?

  • David Goldstein
    David Goldstein

    That was iMPRESSIVE!!

  • El Eco del Tren
    El Eco del Tren

    0:57 LOL (subtitulos en español)

  • AnthonyGL
    AnthonyGL a major part of chess just memorizing?

  • George Sanos
    George Sanos

    Absolute sickness.

  • Trevor Evans-Young Jr.
    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

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

  • Avicenna10

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

  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo

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

  • Pat Just Pat
    Pat Just Pat

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

  • Charles Esquilla
    Charles Esquilla

    Bruh I can't even remember what I did yesterday

  • PhilomathBret

    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

    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

    Magnus deserves his name: he is indeed Magnus !

  • Ayoub

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

  • Udara Jayawardena
    Udara Jayawardena

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

  • John Cee
    John Cee

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

  • JCriss

    Fascinating. Music was annoying though.

  • Hendarin Riandi
    Hendarin Riandi

    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

    I forgot why this video was on my tab

  • dcQ23

    Magnus? more like Chadnus.

  • Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor Bosten
    Pflegedienst Respekt GbR Gregor Bosten


  • x. Kadavreski
    x. Kadavreski

    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

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

  • Sean Singh
    Sean Singh

    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

    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

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

  • daniel german
    daniel german

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

  • iodedonpepto

    Imagine being this fucking smart

  • Mike Fraser
    Mike Fraser

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

  • Arnieus

    I can't remember my own games.

  • Rich Waters
    Rich Waters

    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

    Magnus are genius

  • Josh Holliday
    Josh Holliday

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

  • Ioanpaul Pop
    Ioanpaul Pop

    Bravo ba!!!!!!

  • bragee

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

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty

    This guy deserves his title.

  • Roger U.
    Roger U.

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

  • Nils Petras
    Nils Petras

    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

      i can't even remember my login for

  • Afdal H.
    Afdal H.

    I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  • G

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

  • Matete Mphanya
    Matete Mphanya

    So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  • Boaz Sachs
    Boaz Sachs

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

  • Jeff Camp
    Jeff Camp

    This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!

  • Marcello Ditta
    Marcello Ditta

    I don't even remember how I got here

  • Dimitrios Arvanitis
    Dimitrios Arvanitis

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

  • ashliski

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

  • TheLomotion

    1:32 EXCUSE ME SIR

  • Fredrich Risebrandt
    Fredrich Risebrandt

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

  • The Goat
    The Goat

    Is this fake HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  • Christopher Williams
    Christopher Williams

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

  • Goratch the mule
    Goratch the mule

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

  • Jiří Mohl
    Jiří Mohl

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

  • Earth Water
    Earth Water

    Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity

  • Andrew Tuma
    Andrew Tuma

    i can't even remember my login for

  • D M
    D M

    That is insane.

  • Aenima Lewis
    Aenima Lewis

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

  • Try Hard
    Try Hard

    Bro how is this possible

  • Tomás Cisneros
    Tomás Cisneros

    There’s proof this is scripted.

  • Michael H
    Michael H

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

  • modolief

    Just ... wow.

  • ricardo morillo
    ricardo morillo

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

  • matthew baxter
    matthew baxter

    This why I'm only rated 1400

  • jayna reynolds
    jayna reynolds

    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

    Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met

  • Dmitriy K
    Dmitriy K

    3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?

  • Smokebonde

    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

    Curious, anyone know who makes that board?

  • dcoog anml
    dcoog anml

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

  • jonavuka

    magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO

  • Smiley Trashbag
    Smiley Trashbag

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

  • aodhan odonnell
    aodhan odonnell

    You have to laugh at how ridiculously talented carlsen is

  • Eazy C
    Eazy C

    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.

    • dcoog anml
      dcoog anml

      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

  • Murat Bock
    Murat Bock

    Imagine him being a witness in court

    • c homme
      c homme

      he must know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried

  • Horst Borst
    Horst Borst

    wrong flag for Kasparov at 00:30

  • Łukasz Erber
    Łukasz Erber

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

  • Lancelot Link
    Lancelot Link

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

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  • ahpacific

    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.