It took newly crowned Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen just nine moves to check Bill Gates in a speed game that was aired on television Friday.
Challenged to a game during a talk show hosted by well-known Norwegian television personality Fredrik Skavlan, the billionaire Microsoft founder said before the match that the challenge had "a predetermined outcome".
Gates, who was ranked by Forbes magazine this year as the world's second-richest person, had two minutes to make his moves against just 30 seconds for Carlsen. He lost to the 23-year-old in around one minute and 20 seconds.
"Wow, that was fast," he said to Carlsen, whose rock star appeal has won him the nickname, the "Justin Bieber of chess".
I'm just guessing that moniker comes from the chess player's youthful looks and not the pop star's brains.
The television show was recorded on Wednesday in London, Norwegian TV NRK said.
Asked by Skavlan under what circumstances he felt intellectually inadequate, Gates answered: "When I play chess with him (Carlsen)".