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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

Pwned: Gates fell prey to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen in just nine moves.
Pwned: Gates fell prey to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen in just nine moves.

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".