Watch Bill Gates Lose To A World Chess Champ In Less Than A Minute

By Alex Suskind 2014-01-27 07:29:10


Bill Gates doesn’t have a lot of bad going for him. For starters, he’s the second richest person in the world, with a net worth of $67 billion. He also founded one of the most groundbreaking technology companies in history, and he lives in this house, on the waters of Lake Washington. On top of that, he and his wife Melinda Gates––in a pact signed with fellow billionaires Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerburg––agreed to donate at least half of their wealth to charity. He even sometimes appears as a hologram.

But lest you think Gates is some type of omnipotent being, it turns out the man has human moments like the rest of us. In a new video making the rounds online, newly crowned Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen challenges the Microsoft founder to a game of chess––and what do you know, it takes only nine moves to defeat him. This shouldn’t have been too surprising, particularly after you watch this clip, which shows Carlsen playing six simultaneous chess games. (Side note: I love chess but I never understood why people actually pay tickets to watch someone else play.) Anyway, the game with Gates lasted less than a minute. “Oh that was quick,” he said, smiling after his defeat.

The moment happened on a chat show hosted by Norwegian TV host Fredrik Skavlan. Later in the program, Skavlan asked Gates when, if ever, he feels intellectually inadequate. “When I play chess with [Carlsen]” he responded.

You can check out the match in the video above. If you’re interested in a complete breakdown of how Gates lost, head over to BusinessInsider.
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