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Peter Thiel
P Thiel 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1993 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2199
Overall record: +24 -7 =5 (73.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B90 Sicilian, Najdorf (3 games)
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B50 Sicilian (2 games)
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(born Oct-11-1967, 52 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United States of America)

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National master. He is the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal. He is now a hedge fund manager and President of Clarium Capital Management.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Thiel vs J A Grefe  0-1621993Labor Day Festival opB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. P Yu vs P Thiel  0-1571993Labor Day Festival opA13 English
3. P Thiel vs E Bogas  1-0322000BCC Goodwin opB01 Scandinavian
4. A Deb vs P Thiel 0-1602000BCC Early Fall opA00 Uncommon Opening
5. P Thiel vs D Barker  1-0552000BCC Early Fall opA00 Uncommon Opening
6. F Del Rosario III vs P Thiel  0-1342000BCC Early Fall opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. P Thiel vs Rodolfo Hernandez  1-0302000BCC Goodwin opB15 Caro-Kann
8. N Tripolski vs P Thiel  0-1302000BCC Santa opC10 French
9. P Thiel vs Comet  1-0672000BCC Goodwin opB32 Sicilian
10. S Olujic vs P Thiel  0-1412000BCC Early Fall opD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. P Thiel vs W J Aramil  0-1462000101st US OpenB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
12. P Thiel vs R Redmond  1-0432000101st US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. J Wright vs P Thiel  0-1532000101st US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. P Thiel vs T Feeney  1-0242000101st US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. D Olson vs P Thiel  0-1292000101st US OpenB50 Sicilian
16. T O'Connor vs P Thiel  0-1232000101st US OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. P Thiel vs Brett Larsen  1-0412000101st US OpenC10 French
18. M Hayami vs P Thiel  0-1272000101st US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. P Thiel vs R Basalla  1-0332000101st US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
20. Serper vs P Thiel 1-0382000101st US OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. J A Curdo vs P Thiel  ½-½512000101st US OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Yermolinsky vs P Thiel  1-0442000101st US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. P Thiel vs R Kaufman  ½-½262000101st US OpenC18 French, Winawer
24. P Thiel vs Z Fayvinov  0-1312000101st US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. C B Gibson vs P Thiel  0-1272000101st US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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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:
Jun-03-11  Caissanist: Another of the, er "unconventional" ideas Thiel is financing: a floating Libertarian paradise off the coast of California:
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  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:
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
Jun-07-12  Ziggurat: <The Chess Concepts Peter Thiel Used To Become A Billionaire>

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  BishopBerkeley: There are ~1,400 billionaires & ~1,300 Chess Grandmasters in the world: 1) 2)

(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: .
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.
Feb-21-18  Caissanist: Why Thiel is preparing for the apocalypse in New Zealand: .

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