Claudia Puig, USA Today
Being the richest guy in the world and a computer magnate doesn't necessarily make you a stellar chess player.
Gates learned this the hard way when newly crowned world chess
champion, Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, beat him handily, in a mere nine
moves - in front of an audience, no less. The speed game took place
during a popular Norwegian-Swedish talk show hosted by Norwegian TV
presenter Fredrik Skavlan. It will be aired in Scandinavia on Friday.
58-year-old Microsoft founder was challenged to a game during the talk
show to be shown in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The pragmatic Gates was
under no illusions. He said before the match that the game had "a
During the brief game, Gates, in suit and tie, did his best against the Carlsen, 23, in shirtsleeves.
doubt Gates' young employees defer to him in his Seattle headquarters,
but Carlsen had no problem showing up the powerful
Carlsen might have been a tad nervous, however, going up against the
multibillionaire given he knocked over one of his chess pieces and
scrambled to put it right.
Gates laughed as he pondered a move and uttered, "Oh, shoot" when he knew the jig was up.
good-naturedly gave Carlsen his due at the end of the match: "Wow, that
was quick," Gates said, and then smilingly shook Carlsen's hand.
Asked if he ever felt intellectually inadequate, Gates quipped, "When I play chess with him."
whose net worth was estimated this month at $78.5 billion, according to
the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, was even given a slight advantage. He
had 2 minutes to make his moves. Carlsen had 30 seconds. Carlsen won
the game in 1 minute, 20 seconds.
The chess champ bested
defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India last November, and the
matches that resulted in his first world title were covered
round-the-clock in Norway.
Carlsen is known for standing up and walking away from the board during games.
just feel that if there is not too much to think about, it's better to
walk around a little bit, maybe get some drinks, some food to get some
energy and also to get the blood flowing a little," Carlsen has said.
At least he didn't get up for a snack and drink during his short bout with Gates.
boyishly handsome Carlsen - a grandmaster since age 13 -- is a
veritable rock star in the world of chess. He has done some modeling for
a clothing line and has earned the nickname "the Justin Bieber of
Let's hope the similarities end with their stylish haircuts, and Carlsen confines his speedy antics to the chessboard.