Mate in nine moves: Bill Gates’ tangle with world chess champ

Microsoft chairman beaten in nine moves by 23-year-old grandmaster in TV challenge

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Mate in nine moves: Bill Gates’ tangle with world chess champ Pwned: Gates fell prey to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen in just nine moves. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 26, 2014

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates took on the freshly minted world chess champion in a match that saw Gates checkmated in just nine moves, Reuters reported.

Twenty-three-year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and Gates, 58, played the game during a chat show hosted by Norway’s Fredrik Skavlan. Gates said before the game that the result was a "a predetermined outcome".

Gates was allowed to deliberate for two minutes on each move, while Carlsen got 30 seconds. Nine moves later, after just 1 minute, 20 seconds, Carlsen was declared the winner.

"Wow, that was fast," Gates told Carlsen, whose youth and fame have earned him the title of “the Justin Bieber of chess".

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