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Bill Gates vs Magnus Carlsen
"I'm Just a Bill" (game of the day Jan-25-14)
Television Exhibition (2014)  ·  Nimzowitsch Defense: Declined Variation (B00)  ·  0-1
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Bill Gates vs Magnus Carlsen (2014)
Popular TV host Fredrik Skavlan oversees game on Norwegian television station NRK.

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Jan-28-14  Jim Bartle: <elvisbluelight: Wow, Bill Gates plays chess??>

About as well as I write code.

Jan-28-14  HeMateMe: The moderator neglected to inform the audience about the side bet: If MC won, he gets to swap his hideous Artic Security-patched smoking jacket for Bill Gate's private collection of DeVinci's drawings. It worked out quite well for the younger man.
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  FSR: Carlsen played coffeehouse chess (cf. J Grundy vs D Starbuck, 1879), well-suited to the weak opponent and the short time control, and it worked like a charm.
Jan-30-14  Minitray: < FSR: <Minitray: ... Shortly after the iPhone was released, Ballmer explained to the world that no one was ever going to buy an iPhone. The ridiculously overpriced thing was an embarrassment to everyone, and most of all to Apple.> I guess that kind of insight (and maybe also his good looks, is why Microsoft pays him the big bucks. >

Apple had zero sales, and zero percent market share in mobile phones. Jobs was making a big fuzz though, claiming the iPhone would alter the entire competitive landscape of the IT and telecom markets.

Here is Ballmers reaction to the introduction of the iPhone:

Jan-30-14  Minitray: < WannaBe: Too bad Carlsen did not play "Our Great Dear Beloved Leader for Life" Kim Jung. > Carlsen was scheduled to play the Great Dear Beloved Leader in one on one basketball.

He chickened out though, and checked into rehab, when he learned Jong beat Rodman 100 to zero.

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  OhioChessFan: < no one was ever going to buy an iPhone. The ridiculously overpriced thing was an embarrassment to everyone>

I priced them Sunday night and walked out. I can't believe how many people are willing to drop 130 a month on what's essentially a toy. The same people will hit Social Security age and whine that check is all they have to live on.

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  diceman: <Shortly after the iPhone was released, Ballmer explained to the world that no one was ever going to buy an iPhone

<"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977>>

Jan-30-14  Minitray: < diceman:

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." >

Quite the visionary, mr Olsen.

Probably most people wouldn't want a PDP-11 in their home though.

Jan-30-14  damianou: While spending two minutes reading this post, Gates probably made one million dollars!
Jan-30-14  Minitray: < damianou: While spending two minutes reading this post, Gates probably made one million dollars! >

And he deserved every cent.

Feb-05-14  polarmis: Jan Gustafsson recently annotated this spellbinding encounter!

Feb-09-14  Chris321: Haha,Carlsen tried his best to give Bill an advantage with the black opening,and even so Bill managed to reach the end in 9 moves,shows one the big Gulf between a Super GM and a Bill...the moves screams out"Dont mess with a super GM your end will be swift"
Feb-09-14  dumbgai: Bill Gates needs some practice on ICC or FICS in 1-minute games. He could have won via flag if only he didn't walk into the mate.
Feb-26-14  hudapri: <FSR: Gates' 3.Bd3 is a TN. Opening Explorer>

Vista Variation?

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  technical draw: How much of a patzer do you have to be to not see this checkmate? Next game Vegas will give a billion to one odds, Gates will win and have all the money in the world.
Apr-13-14  Boris Schipkov: My commentary
Aug-03-14  latvalatvian: It's obvious that Gates is a talented player who should devote his life to chess. No one who gets to play Carlsen can be considered anything else.
Aug-21-14  1d410: <Domdaniel: No game is an indicator of intelligence>.

Yes. Magnus, Anand, Kramnik, those guys are morons.

Aug-21-14  1d410: And I'm sure Bill Gates did deserve all his money. George Soros on the other hand...
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  1 2 3 4: <1d410>

just because all games aren't an indicator of intelligence, doesn't mean they're morons

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  perfidious: <1 2 3 4> Agreed--conversely, exceptional ability in chess, or anything else, does not automatically define a person as great at everything he/she touches.

For a peek into the life of Botvinnik, see this insight, courtesy of his colleague Averbakh:

<Later, I risked asking Ilya Abramovich (Kan) about this incident. He remarked sarcastically: <<<'Botvinnik thinks that he is world champion not only at chess, but in everything else. He- a totally ordinary person!'>>>>

Ilia Abramovich Kan

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  WhiteAnemone: Okay, even I wouldn't have missed that!
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  MarkFinan: Bill Gates vs Magnus Carlsen - Celebrity blitz ga:

The worst and most pointless video KC has ever made! Shades of Goldsbeus, and must be satirical in a non funny way.

"Magnus only had 9 seconds left on his clock!?"

Jan-18-15  Abdel Irada: <latvalatvian: It's obvious that Gates is a talented player who should devote his life to chess.>


Jan-18-15  Abdel Irada: <Karposian: <John Abraham: <What is Black's response to 9. Re1?> Unless I'm missing something, 9. e1 ...xf3+ 10. xf3 or xf3 (doesn't matter because Carlsen has mate next move)> No, he hasn't. After 10.Qxf3 Qh2+ White just plays 11.Kf1 and has a winning position!

So Magnus just played a cheap trick in the game (probably knowing that Gates was a weak player) and reckoned that Gates would play the losing move 9.Nxe5.>


Either that or he wanted to give himself more of a challenge if Gates did see through the trap.

Still a bit surprising from Carlsen. I'd have expected him to play principled chess, even against weak opposition.

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