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A chess prodigy explains how his mind works

A chess prodigy explains how his mind works

Feb 20, 2012, 8:49 AM 2

A chess prodigy explains how his mind works

"That's the most amazing thing I've ever seen." That's what 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon said after witnessing chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen play 10 opponents simultaneously-- with his back turned and all 10 boards out of sight!

Watch Bob Simon's profile of Magnus Carlsen


What's the secret to Magnus' magic? Once an opponent makes a move, Magnus instantaneously knows his own next move. But he often waits 30 minutes or so to physically make his move on the board. Why? Hear Magnus explain his methods in this 60 Minutes Overtime feature, filled with interviews and footage that you didn't see on the 60 Minutes broadcast.

What do you think, chess fans? Do the superhuman feats of 21-year-old Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen rival those of chess giants like Bobby Fischer?


Watch Mike Wallace's 1972 profile of Bobby Fischer

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