You don’t often see the word loses after Bill Gates’ name. If you read Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire or know anything about Bill Gates, you’re aware that he hates to lose. He grew up playing family board games in full combat mode. Whether the game was Scrabble or Monopoly, everyone in the Gates family played to win and took no prisoners.
That’s why it’s fun to watch a brief YouTube video of last month’s speed chess game between Bill and 23-year old world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. Within 90 seconds, Carlsen checkmated Gates in nine moves. I give credit to Bill for exhibiting good humor in the face of crushing defeat. Chess Magazine published a detailed report of the game. Here’s a video analysis.