Magnus Carlsen won his third World Chess Championship in NYC last week, and 60 Minutes is re-airing Bob Simon’s interview with Carlsen from 2012, when the then 21-year-old won his first international title. Carlsen beat his contemporary, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, for the third title. But Karjakin isn’t the most famous player Carlsen has vanquished on the squares. The young, popular Grandmaster has let lots of people bang against his armor.
In 2014, Microsoft co-founder and world’s richest man Bill Gates sat down to have a go with Carlsen. Gates is known as a pretty sharp guy. While bridge is his passion, Gates is no slouch at chess. Yet Carlsen checkmated Gates in nine moves. The 60 Minutes segment on Carlsen is called “The Mozart of Chess.” But there are also circles where Carlsen is known as the “Bill Gates of Chess.” Below is a video analysis of how the Gates-Carlsen game went. Unfortunately for Magnus, there was no wager on the match.