“Bill Gates plays better than Mark Zuckerberg, but Zuckerberg has great talent for the game.”
Making a fool of Google first, teaching Mark Zuckerberg a lesson then, and finally checkmating Bill Gates – what seems impossible in reality is easily taken care of by Magnus Carlsen in only a few days.
The new World Champion does not only crush his opponents on the chess board but also impresses the economic giants. “Wow, that was fast” is what Gates said after being checkmated in a match of only nine moves that lasted 62 seconds. However, the World Champion played in a risky manner suffered the first figure-loss after eight moves. But Gates couldn’t profit from his win and abruptly shut down – just like his Internet Explorer.. With the words “He fell for my strategy, but his moves were quite reasonable” Carlsen praised the 58 year-old opponent in a Norwegian TV talk show and complaisantly added that Gates played a better duel than Mark Zuckerberg who also has great talent for the game.
Few days before the TV show, the Champion was invited by PayPal founder Peter Thiel and stayed in Silicon Valley. As honorary chairman of the campaign “First Move” Carlsen received a check over one million dollars for chess projects in American schools. Simultaneously, he swept the Google Chess Team off the board at 10:0 points. Afterwards he met 23 year-old Mark Zuckerberg and was impressed by the Facebook founder’s learning abilities in matters of chess. “It’s a good thing he’s with Facebook” posted jokingly Carlsen later on in the popular social network. He was a tough participant in the following podium discussion and responded to the question about God’s ELO-rating that there are certainly more important things for God to do than to play chess.
In the duel against the second richest man of the world after the Mexican Carlos Slim, Carlsen played the black chessmen with only 30 seconds thinking time. The World Champion needed only 12 of the 30 seconds, while Bill Gates took 50 of his 120 seconds to think about his move, before his King was dethroned by a checkmate. Gates was not disappointed at all; “we knew the outcome all along” guessed the computer giant at the first move, and in response to the question when he feels intellectually overstimulated confessed “When I play a duel against him.”
Picture: Reuters Stockholm
written by Philipp, translated by Birthe