|Feb-19-09|| ||brucejavier: wow this guy is a BILLIONAIRE and on one has written anything on this bloke. Probaly the richest in chessgames database.|
|Feb-19-09|| ||Jim Bartle: Though not nearly as rich as a few months ago.|
|Apr-18-09|| ||popski: Hmm, it looks that he is also a face behind a Facebook. Strange that are only two of his games available, though...|
|Apr-18-09|| ||blacksburg: people think i'm weird when i say <i'm not on facebook>. i call them <computer geeks>, then i go play <internet chess>. my life is full of contradictions.|
|Jun-13-10|| ||Caissanist: The managing director of Clarium Capital is Patrick Wolff.|
|May-30-11|| ||Caissanist: Here is a recent column in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Thiel Foundation Fellowships Have a Scary Premise". The basic idea seems to be that, for many bright young people, going to college is a waste of time and money, so Thiel is offering them $100,000 each to pursue their own scientific and technical ideas: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic....|
|Jun-03-11|| ||Caissanist: Another of the, er "unconventional" ideas Thiel is financing: a floating Libertarian paradise off the coast of California: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...|
|Jun-03-11|| ||perfidious: <Caissanist> Wolff is an old adversary.|
We first met in Springfield, Mass in 1978, when he was about 1150. He played a decent game, but I managed to win. By our next encounter in 1982, we were both masters. Retribution time for Patrick.
Last time I saw him was at the '93 World Open. Knew he'd gotten out of chess, but had no idea what he was into now.
|Feb-16-12|| ||TheBish: Wow, it's a small world! I met Peter Thiel at Stanford, when I was visiting there with a friend when living in northern California. I played him a couple of blitz games, I think we split but remember he was very good, but not yet master (maybe 2100+). I have heard his name quite a bit on the news recently, thinking it must be another Peter Thiel, but now I know it must be the same one, as how many master chess players with his name went to Stanford?|
I'm curious... what came first, his money or his neocon philosophy? (I just read the article about him in the Guardian -- see popski's link.) Also, I was surprised to find out he was the one who founded PayPal, but I suppose it all adds up.
|Feb-26-12|| ||Caissanist: Recent article on Thiel in the SF Chronicle. He has given Ron Paul $2.6 million so far this election cycle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artic...|
|Mar-06-12|| ||galdur: Show me a good loser and IŽll show you a loser. ---Peter Thiel|
|Apr-07-12|| ||Marmot PFL: Thiel plays blitz at Marshall CC, 4 minutes in http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&f...|
|Jun-07-12|| ||Ziggurat: <The Chess Concepts Peter Thiel Used To Become A Billionaire>|
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-...>
|Aug-31-13|| ||BishopBerkeley: There are ~1,400 billionaires & ~1,300 Chess Grandmasters in the world: 1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billi... 2) http://is.gd/j0vyiV|
(Last time I checked, I was neither...)
Hope you have all been well & in good spirits.
(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)
|Jul-21-14|| ||Ke2: <BishopBerkeley> As far as I know Karpov is the only one in both groups|
|Sep-12-14|| ||Caissanist: Thiel did an AMA on Reddit yesterday. I found it quite interesting, although I certainly don't agree with everything he says: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/commen... .|
|May-28-16|| ||Caissanist: I'm surprised there hasn't been any mention here of Thiel's financing of the Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker, as retaliation for a Gawker site outing him in 2007. For better or worse, that's probably going to be his legacy more than anything else.|
|May-28-16|| ||Jim Bartle: This is the same Thiel? Quite a story, I can see reasons both for and against financing a lawsuit like that. Now I know why Hogan wouldn't accept any kind of settlement offer.|
|May-28-16|| ||Caissanist: The very same. He obviously planned out this combination well in advance, but it remains to be seen whether it is fundamentally sound.|