SOURCE: Churchill Club

January 13, 2014 08:00 ET

Churchill Club Presents the "Mozart of Chess": World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in Conversation With Peter Thiel

Churchill Club Teams With Silicon Valley Bank and First Move as Co-hosts

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 13, 2014) - Churchill Club, Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum, in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and First Move, will present, "Meet the 'Mozart of Chess': World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, in conversation with Peter Thiel," on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Event attendees will hear Carlsen's views on the game, stories of his experience recently winning the championship, and the impact he believes chess can have in education, work, and life. They will also watch Carlsen compete against six people simultaneously while blindfolded. 

Carlsen will be interviewed by entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel, former US-rated Chess Master with a lifelong passion for chess. Thiel is the cofounder of both PayPal and Palantir and currently serves as president of hedge fund Clarium Capital.

"Magnus Carlsen has re-energized the world of chess with his uncommon ability and style. At age 23, he has already become an important figure of our time -- and it's fitting to welcome him into the Silicon Valley innovation community," said Churchill Club CEO Karen Tucker. "People might be surprised at just how connected chess and innovation really are."

Silicon Valley Bank, Innovation Norway, and the Mendell Family Foundation are sponsoring this unique evening of mastery and mystery. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a drawing benefiting First Move, a non-profit that uses chess as a learning tool in elementary grades, for a chance of becoming one of the six brave players to compete again Carlsen.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
5:00 PM Reception
5:40 PM Six simultaneous games, played blindfolded by Magnus
6:15 PM Buffet
7:15 PM Program

Computer History Museum, Mountain View
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

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More: To register for this program or for more information, please contact or 408.265.0130. 

About Churchill Club:
Churchill Club is Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum. The 7,000-member, 27-year-old, 501(c)(3) non-profit has earned its international reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs where global business and thought leaders meet to discuss and debate, inform and educate, forecast and evaluate. The organization presents up to 40 programs each year in  support of innovation, economic growth, and societal benefit, with an emphasis on actionable takeaways and insights. A broad range of technology and opportunity-related topics are explored on Churchill Club's stage, including education, energy, healthcare, transportation, and much more.

Past speakers include founders and executives of major companies such as Google CEO Larry Page, Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Shell CEO Peter Voser, Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison; prominent investors such as John Doerr, Vinod Khosla, Roger McNamee, Marc Andreessen, and Ron Conway; and government and other leaders such as former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, filmmaker James Cameron, and Hollywood talent über-agent Ari Emanuel.

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