Garry Kasparov’s phenomenal memory

“I was to be tested by seeing if I could identify each game by looking at the position on the board….. I said, ‘I’m honoured you are interested in understanding the human mind, but I hope you will forgive me if I stay seated.’ Stumpf’s* face fell. I was going to ruin his big moment! I continued by saying that I hadn’t been able to help glancing at the boards when we walked into the hall and that I would like to try to name all the positions from my chair across the room. One by one I named the players, tournament, and even the next move of each game represented on the ten boards.”

  • Alwin Stumpf Head of Atari in Germany
  • Garry Kasparov How Life Imitates Chess p244 World Chess Champion 1985-2000
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