[SHORT VERSION] Magnus Carlsen Blind & Timed Chess Simul at the Sohn Conference in NYC

At the Sohn Investment Conference in New York, which raised over $4 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and treatment, Magnus Carlsen defeated three challengers simultaneously while blindfolded and timed – first time ever attempted. Check out the full video here:


  1. The long version shows off his exceptional talents much better.

  2. It's not fair, he had white pieces in all games!!!

  3. WoW … pretty cool. Very impressive. Good job.

  4. 1.14 'Board 1: black played b6'. Magnus be like 'lol wtf?'

  5. the narrator sounds a bit like chessnetwork doesn't he ?

  6. Any thoughts on timing out the bots (cheats) on chess.com? Gets old when people use programs to play rated games online. Chess is a practice of ethics.

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  8. Idrankyourcoffeewhileyouwerereadingmyusername says:

    that guy's foreheaad is brighter than my future

  9. Board 1:

    1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 g6 4. c4 Bg7 5. Nf3 d6 6. Nc3 e6 7. O-O h6 8. Be3
    Ne7 9. Qd2 Nd7 10. Ne2 c6 11. Ng3 Qc7 12. Rac1 O-O-O 13. b4 Kb8 14. a4 Nc8
    15. a5 Ka8 16. axb6 Ncxb6 17. Ra1 a6 18. c5 Nc8 19. Bxa6 Kb8 20. Bxb7 Qxb7
    21. cxd6 Nxd6 22. Bf4 e5 23. dxe5 Nxe5 24. Nxe5 Bxe5 25. Bxe5 Qc7 26. Qa2
    Qb7 27. Rfd1 Kc7 28. Qxf7+ 1-0

    Board 2:

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8.
    a4 Bg7 9. e3 O-O 10. h3 Qe7 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. O-O b6 13. Re1 Bb7 14. Bc4 Nh5
    15. Bh2 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Qxe5 18. Qb3 Rfb8 19. Rad1 Bc8 20. f4
    Qe7 21. Qc2 Bd7 22. Qe2 Qe8 23. Ra1 b5 24. axb5 axb5 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. Bxb5
    Bxb5 27. Qxb5 Qd8 28. Qd3 Rb8 29. Qd2 Qb6 30. Rb1 Qb3 31. e4 c4 32. e5 Qb6+
    33. Kh2 dxe5 34. fxe5 Qd8 35. e6 fxe6 1-0

    Board 3:

    1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e3 Bc5 6. Nge2 O-O 7. d4 exd4 8.
    exd4 Bb4 9. O-O Bxc3 10. Nxc3 d6 11. Re1 Re8 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14.
    Qh5 Be6 15. Qg6+ Kf8 16. Qxh6+ Kf7 17. d5 Rh8 18. dxe6+ Ke7 19. Nd5+ Ke8
    20. Qxh8# 1-0

    Someone please verify!

  10. couldnt watch this because of that shitty backgroundmusic! why did you ad this?

  11. vilken jävla kung du är Magnus!!! Helt otroligt herregud altså.

  12. Una causa que valió la pena jugarse sobre un tablero de ajedrez.

  13. cool vid. its always risky to castle queen side

  14. I am not so bad in chess, but playing blindfolded seems like a science fiction to me. Does he actually "see" the pieces sort of materialized in his head or is it some kind of different mental picture?

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  16. Very impressive! Glad this was done for a great cause!

  17. The way the blindfold was placed is suspicious.

  18. this is the most amazing thing i have ever seen. and i've participated in a simul against Vivek Rao vs 30 people. but he sure as hell wasn't blindfolded.

  19. Dear chess community: Please stop supporting doctors. Cancer research is FAKE. Doctors ignore the soul reasons for sicknesses.

  20. why that stupid lady can't even wear the blindfold on him properly

  21. Wanna know how?…. Wopner. Yeah…. Yeeeeeeah…. Wopner.
    Actually, why would he turn his head all the time like that if he was blindfolded? Would be more impressive if he just sat there looking bored, especially looking down.

  22. i thought magnus was the black man bcoz of the head

  23. When exactly will matt damon be cast to play him in a movie about his life story

  24. I feel like a chimp knowing that people like Magnus exist.

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