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. Arnieus


    13 мүнөт мурун

    I can't remember my own games.

  2. Rich Waters

    Rich Waters

    Саат мурун

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

  3. Samuel Pearlman

    Samuel Pearlman

    Саат мурун

    Magnus are genius

  4. Josh Holliday

    Josh Holliday

    2 саат мурун

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

  5. Ioanpaul Pop

    Ioanpaul Pop

    3 саат мурун

    Bravo ba!!!!!!

  6. bragee


    3 саат мурун

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

  7. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    4 саат мурун

    This guy deserves his title.

  8. Roger U.

    Roger U.

    6 саат мурун

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

  9. Nils Petras

    Nils Petras

    7 саат мурун

    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

      4 саат мурун

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

  10. Afdal H.

    Afdal H.

    8 саат мурун

    I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, LOL

  11. G


    8 саат мурун

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

  12. Matete Mphanya

    Matete Mphanya

    9 саат мурун

    So Carlson is an alien. Cool

  13. Boaz Sachs

    Boaz Sachs

    10 саат мурун

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

  14. Jeff Camp

    Jeff Camp

    10 саат мурун

    This is absolutely incredible, totally blown away!!

  15. Marcello Ditta

    Marcello Ditta

    10 саат мурун

    I don't even remember how I got here

  16. Dimitrios Arvanitis

    Dimitrios Arvanitis

    10 саат мурун

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

  17. ashliski


    12 саат мурун

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

  18. TheLomotion


    12 саат мурун

    1:32 EXCUSE ME SIR

  19. Fredrich Risebrandt

    Fredrich Risebrandt

    14 саат мурун

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

  20. The Goat

    The Goat

    15 саат мурун

    Is this fake HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  21. Christopher Williams

    Christopher Williams

    16 саат мурун

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

  22. Goratch the mule

    Goratch the mule

    16 саат мурун

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

  23. Jiří Mohl

    Jiří Mohl

    16 саат мурун

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

  24. Earth Water

    Earth Water

    17 саат мурун

    Just mad. Wow. Glory of humanity

  25. Andrew Tuma

    Andrew Tuma

    17 саат мурун

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

  26. D M

    D M

    18 саат мурун

    That is insane.

  27. Aenima Lewis

    Aenima Lewis

    19 саат мурун

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

  28. Try Hard

    Try Hard

    19 саат мурун

    Bro how is this possible

  29. Tomás Cisneros

    Tomás Cisneros

    20 саат мурун

    There’s proof this is scripted.

  30. Michael H

    Michael H

    20 саат мурун

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

  31. modolief


    21 саат мурун

    Just ... wow.

  32. ricardo morillo

    ricardo morillo

    21 саат мурун

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

  33. matthew baxter

    matthew baxter

    21 саат мурун

    This why I'm only rated 1400

  34. jayna reynolds

    jayna reynolds

    22 саат мурун

    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

  35. Mugen


    23 саат мурун

    Meanwhile I forget the names of people I just met

  36. Dmitriy K

    Dmitriy K

    23 саат мурун

    3:45 Any lip readings in the comment section?

  37. Smokebonde


    23 саат мурун

    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.

  38. Joe Smith

    Joe Smith

    Күн мурун

    Curious, anyone know who makes that board?

  39. dcoog anml

    dcoog anml

    Күн мурун

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

  40. jonavuka


    Күн мурун

    magnus face when they show him the harry potter position LMAO

  41. Smiley Trashbag

    Smiley Trashbag

    Күн мурун

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

  42. aodhan odonnell

    aodhan odonnell

    Күн мурун

    You have to laugh at how ridiculously talented carlsen is

  43. Eazy C

    Eazy C

    Күн мурун

    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

      Күн мурун

      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

  44. Murat Bock

    Murat Bock

    Күн мурун

    Imagine him being a witness in court

  45. Horst Borst

    Horst Borst

    Күн мурун

    wrong flag for Kasparov at 00:30

  46. Łukasz Erber

    Łukasz Erber

    Күн мурун

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

  47. Lancelot Link

    Lancelot Link

    Күн мурун

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

  48. ahpacific


    Күн мурун

    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.

  49. thinkofwhy


    Күн мурун

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

  50. André Macedo

    André Macedo

    Күн мурун


  51. Ayume Hirano

    Ayume Hirano

    Күн мурун


  52. Loke Grønbech

    Loke Grønbech

    Күн мурун

    So Crazy!!!! Love it :)

  53. gghelis


    Күн мурун

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

  54. Jason Arthur Taylor

    Jason Arthur Taylor

    Күн мурун

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

  55. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt

    Күн мурун

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

  56. Road Less Travelled

    Road Less Travelled

    Күн мурун

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

  57. Kamen Zhelyazkov

    Kamen Zhelyazkov

    Күн мурун

    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

  58. Lema


    Күн мурун

    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!

  59. Mehul Vermac

    Mehul Vermac

    Күн мурун

    I also have photographic memory, but damn.

  60. SC


    Күн мурун

    He is incredible!

  61. Duy Tran DLe

    Duy Tran DLe

    Күн мурун

    anh này chắc là cao thủ cờ vua

  62. Hance Ibanez

    Hance Ibanez

    Күн мурун

    No doubt, a world champion he is!

  63. jaydee514


    Күн мурун

    unreal. i can barely remember what I hate yesterday.

  64. Billy Amurao

    Billy Amurao

    Күн мурун

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

  65. Robert Beuck

    Robert Beuck

    Күн мурун

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

  66. Robert Beuck

    Robert Beuck

    Күн мурун

    It has been said and,not refuted mind you, that Magnus has in his active knowledge something like 10 million games

  67. Dalton Huntley

    Dalton Huntley

    Күн мурун

    Magnus is such a strange combination of both humble and arrogant all rolled into one. It’s amazing to think about how much he has done singlehandedly to grow the popularity of chess.

    • Jc Zhang

      Jc Zhang

      18 саат мурун

      just to explain, it's not that strange. the arrogance isn't actually arrogance, it's him being able to laugh at himself actually. he does it tongue in cheek. but he also recognizes that statistically / legally he is the best player in the world right now so it's not like he'll deny the truth, he just decides to have fun with it.

  68. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis

    Күн мурун

    Dropbox pays Magnus $9.99 per month for archival services.

  69. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis

    2 күн мурун

    Elephants make jokes about how Magnus never forgets.

  70. xxMADxxSCIENTISTxx


    2 күн мурун

    0:37 Magnus was like 'Dude, why is it even a question?!'

  71. Simo Đurić

    Simo Đurić

    2 күн мурун

    How the hell did he get Anand vs Zapata in just two moves????

  72. Banjo


    2 күн мурун

    Magnus has some serious shit knowledge of chess games

  73. J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan

    J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan

    2 күн мурун

    1:57 top 3 worst chess memories --> what about top 3 worst chess960/9LX memories? kgkey.info/block/xnNle6bFhdt6244/video.html

  74. J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan

    J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan

    2 күн мурун

    2nd test: carlsen's memory of 9LX/960/fischer random games. 3rd test: please beat wesley so even just once in next finals

  75. TheShamru


    2 күн мурун

    When Magnus was 5 years old, he knew all the worlds countries, flags, capitals, inhabitants and square meters in each country. He also memorized the same content in all of Norway's 430 counties. The man is insane....

    • David Copson

      David Copson

      23 саат мурун

      He knew the inhabitants of every country in the world?! When did he find time to meet them all?

  76. BagofDreams


    2 күн мурун

    Oh my god

  77. mentilly all

    mentilly all

    2 күн мурун

    how did he not get the last one immediately? harry potter story logic: dunno, just say "magic"

  78. BirdDawg


    2 күн мурун


  79. Shauka Hodan

    Shauka Hodan

    2 күн мурун

    This guy deserves his title.

    • Kevin David

      Kevin David

      Күн мурун

      How are you doing today

  80. Bram De Greef

    Bram De Greef

    2 күн мурун

    Anyone know where I can buy this board?

  81. Yabba Dabba Doo

    Yabba Dabba Doo

    2 күн мурун

    Why the stupid string noise in this clip? Very annoying when trying to listen to what's said

  82. rsl6767


    2 күн мурун

    If this was in a movie, I would call it Hollywood B.S. But it's Carlsen, so it's 100% legit. Incredible

    • Shauka Hodan

      Shauka Hodan

      2 күн мурун

      Small detail but when putting the players’ faces on the pieces why not put the two kings and the player on the color they played?

  83. Fouad Boulos

    Fouad Boulos

    2 күн мурун

    Magnus has a reported IQ of 190, Einstein was estimated to be 160.

  84. Carlos Espinosa

    Carlos Espinosa

    2 күн мурун

    This game is from a random user from chess24 called n00bd3str0y4

  85. Kassperos


    2 күн мурун

    Just amazing. Brain full of chess

  86. y1521t21b5


    2 күн мурун

    Extremely accomplished is his average day...

  87. Diwakar Koirala

    Diwakar Koirala

    2 күн мурун

    I just want Carlsen to be as famous as Ronaldo. His talents and hardworking are extraordinary and unrivalled by any of his contemporaries. Huge respect for you 👏🙌🙏❤.

  88. Nicholastanutama Tanutama

    Nicholastanutama Tanutama

    2 күн мурун

    wait is it supposed to be Garry Kasparov who play with white and Karpov with black? they put it at the wrong side?

  89. David Blanco

    David Blanco

    2 күн мурун

    Magnus 3:00 processing 1 million chess games in memory database.

  90. Reiner Weiss

    Reiner Weiss

    2 күн мурун

    How can one carry a complete databank inside and be also soooo nice??? I think THAT is the incredible wonder!

  91. Paul Christian

    Paul Christian

    2 күн мурун

    I even cannot remember what I just ate this morning

  92. Amit Hattimare

    Amit Hattimare

    2 күн мурун

    This is impossible. How could he remember games based on the table positions!!! He is a genius in his area.

    • Maretha Piselia

      Maretha Piselia

      9 саат мурун

      and he plays againts 10 people at the same time, without looking the chess board :D

  93. Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos

    2 күн мурун

    a la vergaaaaaaa

  94. Rodoval507


    2 күн мурун

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



    2 күн мурун

    Plot twist: he got some wrong and they edited them out

    • tux1968


      2 күн мурун

      Heh... even if that's true, the ones they showed were impressive.

  96. yommish


    2 күн мурун

    Small detail but when putting the players’ faces on the pieces why not put the two kings and the player on the color they played?

  97. Ahmed Saad

    Ahmed Saad

    2 күн мурун


  98. psyphi407


    3 күн мурун

    So unfair.

  99. PizzaPimp812


    3 күн мурун


    • PizzaPimp812


      3 күн мурун

      I mean, I can’t even remember the positions from games I’ve played...

  100. Matheus Ferrari

    Matheus Ferrari

    3 күн мурун