Comment: Magnus Carlsen’s mind-blowing memory

I enjoy watching people who are really good at what they do. This short video of Magnus Carlsen demonstrating his ability to remember outcomes and movement sequences from classic chess games is incredible. It’s also a great reminder that we¬†all have this ability to remember; it’s just that people like Carlsen have spent a lot of focused time developing this skill.

Another thing worth noting is how effortless it is for him. Other than the last set piece none of these are remotely challenging for him. Another reminder that ease is a function of skill and equipment. When we see outstanding performances that look easy it’s almost always because the performer has spent countless hours practicing.

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Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.