Bill Gates denies attendance at World Championship

by Albert Silver
11/5/2016 – Readers will recall the recent announcement made by FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov that both Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, the foremost tech moguls of our age, would be visiting the World Chess Championship in New York City. In an interview to TASS, a Russian news agency, he stated that invitations had been tendered to both, and had been accepted. Wishing to follow-up on this in order to learn more, we reached out to them.

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Since both of these notable men have already demonstrated an interest in chess, and been in touch with world champion Magnus Carlsen, as reported in the past, the possibility of their visiting New York in order to witness a world championship match  themselves, however briefly, hardly seemed very far-fetched.

Would they be rooting for either of the players? What did they think of the match taking place in Manhattan? Etc.

Unfortunately, it would seem that the announcement was made precipitously, since a reply from the private office of Bill Gates denied this. “Mr. Gates will not be attending the World Chess Championship in New York City this month.

While this does not exclude Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg from attending, from whom no reply has been forthcoming as yet, it does cast it in doubt.



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Pionki Pionki 11/11/2016 09:29
Why would he go there? To see two kids pushing wooden pieces? Come on, get real. Chess may be important to all of us, but chess is not the centre of the World. I spoke recently to some Norwegian tourists who have no idea who Magnus Carlsen is. Would you believe it?
basler88 basler88 11/6/2016 08:45
Thanks “Kinddefender”! Again, FIDE’s President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is just some untrustworthy men, do you remember when he supposedly “asked” President Obama for a speedy US Citizenship? All f… lies!! He never would qualify for that. Big mouth and nothing else!! When do we remove him from his FIDE power???
KINGDEFENDER KINGDEFENDER 11/5/2016 11:45
Thanks for the research! If Bill Gates does shows up we will know for sure that it is an Alien Clone invited by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov!!
genem genem 11/5/2016 08:20
"FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced..."
Consider the source.
hansj hansj 11/5/2016 07:39
Well - who cares?
Mr TambourineMan Mr TambourineMan 11/5/2016 06:44
Maybe Bob comes? To the Nobel price I mean, but I doubt it.
Denix Denix 11/5/2016 05:19
... Maybe due to prior commitments ...
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