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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bill Gates vs World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen 0-1 in 9 Moves, 71 Seconds on Skavlan Talk Show (Video)

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Photo: Skavlan

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has knocked out another celebrity as he goes around touring the world. This time it is one of the world's richest men - Bill Gates. Magnus took on Bill Gates in an impromptu game Thursday night on Skavlan, a Norwegian-Swedish television talk show hosted by Norwegian journalist Fredrik Skavlan

It was a checkmate in 71 seconds and nine moves.

Gates had already said, "The outcome is a foregone conclusion," as the chessboard was being brought to the stage. 

Carlsen said, "He was a bit unlucky and eventually fell to my tactics, but he otherwise made good, healthy moves. I think with a little more time, he could certainly be a pretty good player."

This is how it started:
"When you are not smart?" Fredrik Skavlan asked Bill Gates. "When I play chess against him," responded the Microsoft founder, nodding towards Carlsen. "Want to try?" asks Skavlan. "The outcome is a foregone conclusion, responded Gates.
The program, clips of which Reuters received in advance, was recorded on Wednesday in London, Norwegian TV NRK said.

Read a Reuters story at this link and a Yahoo story at this link.

Replay the game below in the Chess King applet

Gates, Bill - Carlsen, Magnus

Result: 0-1
Site: Skavlan Talk Show
Date: 2014.01.22

[...] 1.e4 ♘c6 2.♘f3 d5 3.♗d3 you could say hmmm there and jump to explain, but it's not all that bad 3...♘f6 4.exd5 ♕xd5 5.♘c3 ♕h5 6.O-O ♗g4 7.h3 ♘e5 8.hxg4 ♘fxg4 9.♘xe5 ♕h2# Magnus Carlsen wasn't going to miss that was he?

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