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(Edmonton Sun)   Bill Gates got checkmated by world Chess champion Magnus Carlsen in just nine, count 'em, nine moves. Adding insult to injury, Gates kept calling the knight "the horsey guy"   (edmontonsun.com) divider line 107
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2014-01-24 04:19:17 PM  
I doubt most non-master-class folks would last any longer.
 
2014-01-24 04:25:24 PM  
Afterwards, Gates purchased Norway and told Carlsen to GTFO.
 
2014-01-24 04:31:15 PM  
And yet in that 71 second round, Bill Gates made approximately $17,750*

*No one seems to know an exact number, but most said between $200-300/second so I averaged at $250
 
2014-01-24 05:01:17 PM  
www.planetsmeg.com

Prawn takes horsie.
 
2014-01-24 05:20:22 PM  
I thought Magnus was one of those strong-man type guys.
 
2014-01-24 05:21:42 PM  
I guess this means the chess guy gets all of Gates' money?

No?

Chess guy lost at life.  He picked a pretty useless skill in utero.
 
2014-01-24 05:22:21 PM  
But Bill Gates is a billionaire, so...checkmate!
 
2014-01-24 05:22:40 PM  
Is it me or is Bill there looking a little jaundiced?
 
2014-01-24 05:24:20 PM  
Bill is lucky, Magnus is good. When it comes to chess, luck has nothing to do with it.
 
2014-01-24 05:26:13 PM  
I thought Magnus Carlson was the World's Strongest Man.
 
2014-01-24 05:26:40 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

To be fair, Bill was confused that none of the pieces took out an ax and violently chopped up the other pieces.
 
2014-01-24 05:28:17 PM  

uber humper: I thought Magnus Carlson was the World's Strongest Man.


That's Carl Magnussen.
 
2014-01-24 05:28:24 PM  

scottydoesntknow: And yet in that 71 second round, Bill Gates made approximately $17,750*

*No one seems to know an exact number, but most said between $200-300/second so I averaged at $250


Yea.  I'd sit down and listen to just about anything for that kind of coin.
 
2014-01-24 05:28:40 PM  
9 moves?  Does Gates even know how to play Chess?  A 1300 player should be able to hold out longer than that as long as they don't walk into a trap.
 
2014-01-24 05:29:41 PM  
Knocks over Bill Gates' chess piece to establish dominance. ಠ_ಠ
 
2014-01-24 05:30:01 PM  

Magnanimous_J: Is it me or is Bill there looking a little jaundiced?


That's actually pretty freaky, seeing as how I am old enough to remember that he looked like a stereotypical weenie computer nerd in the early 1980s.  Seeing that picture made me panic and look in a mirror.
 
2014-01-24 05:30:15 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: uber humper: I thought Magnus Carlson was the World's Strongest Man.

That's Carl Magnussen.


I thought it was Marl Cagnus
 
2014-01-24 05:31:09 PM  
"Wow, that was fast," he said to Carlsen, whose rockstar appeal has won him the moniker, the "Justin Bieber of chess".
nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-24 05:33:14 PM  
That was good I guess. I know zero about chess.
 
2014-01-24 05:34:32 PM  
Let the wookiee win.
 
2014-01-24 05:34:38 PM  

MythDragon: [upload.wikimedia.org image 320x200]

To be fair, Bill was confused that none of the pieces took out an ax and violently chopped up the other pieces.


img.fark.net

He just didn't get the chance to use the shapeshifter against the phoenix.  That would have made the game last until both sides were sick of playing.
 
2014-01-24 05:34:42 PM  

relaxitsjustme: 9 moves?  Does Gates even know how to play Chess?  A 1300 player should be able to hold out longer than that as long as they don't walk into a trap.


Bill wasn't thinking about moves. He was panicking because Magnus was slapping that clock a quarter second after Bill made his move.

If there's one thing Magnus is good at (besides actual chess of course), it's getting into opponents heads very quickly and farking them up.
 
2014-01-24 05:34:48 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: uber humper: I thought Magnus Carlson was the World's Strongest Man.

That's Carl Magnussen.


I thought it was Ulf Samuelsson.

// terror of NHL '93 on Sega Genesis
// I think, in one 15-"minute" game, he had 10 PM
 
2014-01-24 05:34:49 PM  
Yes because Gates couldn't steal a victory, which is the only way he knows how to make a living
 
2014-01-24 05:35:51 PM  

relaxitsjustme: 9 moves?  Does Gates even know how to play Chess?  A 1300 player should be able to hold out longer than that as long as they don't walk into a trap.


Was thinking the same thing...it's awfully difficult to mate even remedial players in 9 moves. Bill must have been distracted thinking about...something other than chess.
 
2014-01-24 05:37:17 PM  

uber humper: I thought Magnus Carlson was the World's Strongest Man.


You're late!
 
2014-01-24 05:37:57 PM  
"the world's second-richest person behind Mexico's Carlos Slim,"

Fine.

I'm probably ignorant for never having heard of him. But the name "Carlos Slim" sounds like something out of an Onion article. Now I have to go google it.
 
2014-01-24 05:38:31 PM  

i.imgur.com

RIP Robot Fighter

 
2014-01-24 05:38:32 PM  
The lack of Cheers references in this thread sadden me.
 
2014-01-24 05:38:50 PM  
Bill Gates castled even though Magnus was positioning expecting the castle watch the board noobs
 
2014-01-24 05:40:43 PM  

relaxitsjustme: 9 moves?  Does Gates even know how to play Chess?  A 1300 player should be able to hold out longer than that as long as they don't walk into a trap.


Really smart people sometimes fall for really silly things.  I once beat an 1800ish player twice in 3 minutes - first time with the 4-move checkmate (which everyone should be able to see coming) and the second time with an 11-move mate (similar to the one in the video).

Now, granted, when I was doing online competitions, I was rated 2100-2200, but it doesn't take a genius to memorize a four-move mate - or a simple counter to it.  She just wasn't expecting something so basic.

/Second time was just to prove a point
//Opponent calmly shook my hand after the second one, said, "Good game," and then said, "If you ever pull that kind of shiat on me again, I'll kick your ass."
/Bought me a coffee, too
 
2014-01-24 05:43:01 PM  

relaxitsjustme: 9 moves?  Does Gates even know how to play Chess?  A 1300 player should be able to hold out longer than that as long as they don't walk into a trap.



He tried the Russian Gambit, which tends to get bogged down in winter.
 
2014-01-24 05:50:44 PM  
That's not a horsey-guy, that the L-Dog.
 
2014-01-24 05:51:02 PM  

obenchainr: 4-move checkmate


If you ever really want to blow someone's mind:

1) Beat them with 4 move checkmate (Queen to H5 variant).
2) Show them the pawn counter (Pawn to G6) to 4-move checkmate
3) Play another game, and QxE5 when they do the counter.  Place them in check, and then go grab the rook with your queen.
4) Completely rip open their kings side.

/Got good enough to be able to crush my family unthinkingly.
//Was never good enough to get past "And then I do this cool thing 3 moves from now" to "And then I move this pawn that 10 moves from now could be part of a deeply laid plan because it controls X".
///And then my family stopped playing me.
 
2014-01-24 05:52:24 PM  

veryequiped: Yes because Gates couldn't steal a victory, which is the only way he knows how to make a living



Ouch! Burn!!
 
2014-01-24 05:55:31 PM  
Did he beat him?  Or did Bill turn around after the first game and say "Wow!  You're good!  How 'bout we do another for, say, 100,000 bucks?" and then destroy Magnus using the power OF THE CLOUD?!?!
 
2014-01-24 05:57:38 PM  
Probably prefers Reversi.  (Seriously that was on every version of Windows for a while and I never even ran it.)

Also,
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-24 05:57:54 PM  
...has won him the moniker, the "Justin Bieber of chess".

Someone needs to be kicked in the nuts for that, either him or the person that called him that, but someone...
 
2014-01-24 05:58:33 PM  
I found it funny that Magnus had his queen in position for the mate before Bill even castled that way.  He knew he could put Bill on the defensive until he did it.
 
2014-01-24 05:58:39 PM  
You could tell he was stringing him along.  That was a WEAKSAUCE opening.  Those are NOT the moves he'd have used against someone on his own level at all.
 
2014-01-24 06:01:07 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: [www.planetsmeg.com image 170x195]

Prawn takes horsie.


farksocks. I just saw that episode yesterday and was sure to post it. Well played and a funny vote from me. Now all I have left is that ridiculous Blake's 7 with the speed chess but can't find a decent picture.

I have Deep Roy as the creepy wee chess master
www.thevervoid.com

The drag king with the bad German accent

www.thevervoid.com

Tiny Orac
www.knightwriter.org

This shot of the flamboyant silver guy with Servalan

i238.photobucket.com


And even the super high-tech computer graphics of the future

i903.photobucket.com

But nothing that really sums up the scene. I guess I'll have to stick with Tiny Orac.


www.knightwriter.org

Look everybody, it's Tiny Orac!
 
2014-01-24 06:05:57 PM  
Yeah...  Poor Bill lost, but just try him at minesweeper.
 
2014-01-24 06:06:53 PM  
Geez how old is Deep Roy anyway?  I have no idea what those are from but they seem much older than the horrible Wonka remake.
 
2014-01-24 06:06:56 PM  

meyerkev: /Got good enough to be able to crush my family unthinkingly.
//Was never good enough to get past "And then I do this cool thing 3 moves from now" to "And then I move this pawn that 10 moves from now could be part of a deeply laid plan because it controls X".
///And then my family stopped playing me.


I got to the point where every match devolved into x counter and y gambit and opponents actually yelling at me if I *didn't* do the accepted best counter for a move they did.  My only saving grace in chess is an awesome memory and the ability to quickly extrapolate 5-10 moves ahead (so, I can build a "plan of attack" and then remember what I'd planned as well as the counters I'd staked out); when it became a game of spy/counterspy, I got bored and stopped playing.  As fun as it is to say, "Mate in 3" and actually pull it off, predictable games are boring.

It's much more fun to apply chess tactics at the pool table.  Plus, there's no geek stigma as well as some physical skill/dexterity.
 
2014-01-24 06:07:17 PM  
Should have just made him an offer he couldn't refuse...
 
2014-01-24 06:08:02 PM  
A casual gets his ass handed to him by a pro. Nothing to see here.
 
2014-01-24 06:08:24 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: scottydoesntknow: And yet in that 71 second round, Bill Gates made approximately $17,750*

*No one seems to know an exact number, but most said between $200-300/second so I averaged at $250

Yea.  I'd sit down and listen to just about anything for that kind of coin.


Listen to just about anything?  Listen?  I'd endure being...... well lets just assume that back and forth "insults"  of whatever I type ends with NTTAWWT... for that kind of money.
 
2014-01-24 06:10:52 PM  

HairyNevus: A casual gets his ass handed to him by a pro. Nothing to see here.



In other breaking news, Richard Branson just lost a 1 on 1 game with LeBron James.
 
2014-01-24 06:15:13 PM  
So the guy that is the world champ at something beat the guy that isn't even a professional player at said thing?

Oh wow, that's really farking exciting guys....
 
2014-01-24 06:17:13 PM  
I've always thought it odd how ability in chess is conflated with intelligence.

I've met some people who were smashing at chess, but more or less retarded at other things (like math).

And I've met the opposite. One of the most intelligent people I've known is rubbish at it, rubbish enough that I can beat him, and I'm pretty mediocre at chess.
 
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