Posts Tagged ‘Magnus Carlsen’

What would happen if Bill Gates the mastermind behind Microsoft were to play world champion Magnus Carlsen in a chess match?

Carlsen & Gates

Does Bill Gates have a hidden talent that nobody knows about? Well, the two met back on January 23, 2014 as guests on the Norwegian TV show Skavlan. Gates played the white pieces and was given 2 minutes on his clock. Carlsen played black and was given 30 seconds on his clock.

Here’s what happened:

Of course the players were just goofing around and the audience was impressed with how quickly and easily Carlsen won the game. But a in spite of the dubious move 3.Bd3, which was a strange choice,


Gates was actually winning before he blundered away the game on the penultimate move 9. Ne5?? Which resulted in mate after Qh2#.


One possible continuation would have been … 9. Re1 Nd3 10. cd o-o-o.

Here’s the complete transcript.

1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 Nf6 4. ed Qd5 5. Nc3 Qh5 6. 0-0 Bg4 7. h3 Ne5?? 8. hg Ngf4 9. Ne5 Qh2#

This month’s fun photo comes from a game of chess played underwater in Curacao by Dutch grandmaster Hans Bohm vs. Robin Swinkels.

Though it is April 1st and last month’s fun photo was a gag, this one is not a joke. We looked up the two players on FIDE and found that Hans has a rating of 2306 and Robin has a rating of 2494. Some additional digging turned up two You Tube videos.

The first one is the actual coverage of this match.

The second one we found shows a one minute bullet match on a TV shows between Hans and Magnus Carlsen.

I can’t speak to the live commentary on this video as I only know a little French. Even so, it’s still very entertaining!

If you poke around the 60 minutes website, you will find that they posted a historic interview with Bobby Fischer on their site as a companion piece to the Magnus Carlsen interview.

I’m sure nobody noticed it at the time, but with 20/20 hindsight, this interview is pretty disturbing. It’s clear that Fischer is a great chess player, but other more ominous aspects of his personality are also apparent in this piece.

Let us know what you think …

Have you ever wanted to think like a grand master? Check out the following profile of Magnus Carlsen as he explains the thoughts going through his mind while he is interviewed by Bob Simon. The video contains an amazing demonstration of Carlsen playing 10 simultaneous blindfold games.