Bill Gates Gets Schooled In Chess, Beaten By 23 Year Old Grandmaster In 71 Seconds

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There's no disputing that Bill Gates is blessed with a brilliant mind. Sure, he dropped out of Harvard College, but he got accepted into the elite institution of higher learning in the first place. Leading into his college career, Gates scored 1,590 out of 1,600 on the SAT. The rest is history -- he went on to co-found Microsoft, built a net worth that's in the billions ($76.8 billion at last count), and now spends his time on his philanthropic efforts. In fact, one of the few things you won't find on his resume is that of being a chess champion, and having now been soundly beaten by one on television, that's not a path he's likely to pursue.

It took 23-year-old Magnus Carlsen, a "grandmaster" chess player since the age of 13 and new world chess champion, just 71 seconds to defeat Gates on a Norwegian television show. It takes longer to heat up a cup of water in the microwave.

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The 58-year-old Microsoft genius had 2 minutes to decide each move versus just 30 seconds for Carlsen, though the young chess champion hardly needed all that time. He responded near instantly to each of Gates' moves on the board, making just nine moves in all.


"Wow, that was fast," Gates said in response to being beaten by the young man who is known as the "Justin Bieber of Chess."
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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 25 2014 10:22 AM

I'd get beaten in probably 15 seconds or less.

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AaronJones replied on Sat, Jan 25 2014 12:15 PM

Justin Smith

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Joel H replied on Sat, Jan 25 2014 3:15 PM

Does Bill Gates even play chess?

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KaeVerens replied on Sun, Jan 26 2014 5:53 AM

Joel - did you think that guy on the right was a stunt double?

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It is critical that HotHardware place Bill Gates "brilliance" in it's correct perspective, that of exceptional business acumen in corralling the major PC hardware manufacturers in late 1990s into contracts that proved draconian in not allowing any other operating systems (OS) pre or post install on every computer manufactured other than Microsoft Windows.

This one particular maneuver, and not any technological aspects of Windows or any software out of Microsoft was the genius of Bill Gates, which helped propel the company and himself to great wealth and total dominance and control of the computer PC marketplace.

Therefore it should not come as a surprise that Mr. Gates legal "brilliance" is not transferable to either Chess or technological innovation.

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RobDaviau replied on Wed, Jan 29 2014 1:42 AM

known as the "Justin Bieber of Chess." ? So....he is an annoying self entitled douche ?

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