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Fred Wilson
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1906 to 2016

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Fred Wilson is the proprietor of Fred Wilson Chess Books in New York City, as well as a chess teacher and author. In 2017, at age 71, he first attained the title of National Master, making him the second-oldest American ever to do so.

Last updated: 2018-11-17 20:57:59

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Wilson vs S Crakanthorp  0-1351906New South Wales v Victoria telegraph matchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. F Wilson vs Browne ½-½511963Marshall Chess Club Weekend Tournament, New City,C21 Center Game
3. F Wilson vs M Camejo  1-0282016Dr. David Ostfeld Mem. ICA EarlyC48 Four Knights
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  perfidious: <parisattack> must have done a fair amount of business with Fred across the years: whenever I visited NYC in the early 1990s, I would look up Fred myself and pick up a volume or three from his shop.
Jul-04-14  parisattack: <Perfidious> Actually not so much - although he took over Buschke's digs. I was in NY on business a lot in the mid-late 70s, less since when Fred took over. I tried calling his shop the few times I did get to NY the past 10 years and never an answer. I think Brandreth is the last of that era (of chess book sellers) and believe he is winding things down.

Al was definitely a classic and I savored every visit. He reminded me of the old Italian Swiss Colony Winemaker (ads in the 60s) although he could have a grumpy, inpatient side. I still have some of the book lists he sent (many one-off) and his first Catalogue from the 1940s. Oh, the prices - if only I'd known! :)

Jul-04-14  parisattack: Uno Linde in Sweden was another big dealer in chess books 60s-70s. Alas, I tossed all of his lists (half-page folded mimeos, usually 30-40 pages per send).
Aug-07-18  seagull1756: Perpetual chess podcast has a painfully boring episode featuring Fred, where he does not listen to interviewer’s questions and goes on talking about his precious self in the most pompous way imaginable for 1h 20 min. The podcast is usually brilliant, but this episode... simply awful and practically impossible to listen to. Dear chess players! Please, please, please do not forget how to be human!
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  NOVA359: I buy books from Fred. He has a lot of out print books with great prices. I bough from him, Palma de Mallorca 1970 candidates tournament for $ 25.00. He is a great a guy from another era.
Aug-13-18  zanzibar: This is the book that brought <F Wilson> to my attention:

Another era is right - definitely b4web-days.

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  FSR: Fred Wilson sure has had a long career - from 1906 to date, and still going strong! btw, I listened to the Perpetual Chess Podcast with him and had a much different reaction than <seagull1756> did.
Oct-08-19  parisattack: YMMV. I had a similar experience as <Seagull1756> some years ago.

Fred's guest was a well-known chess book collector. The guest couldn't get a word in edge-wise for Fred's bloviating. I only listened to about 10 minutes of the broadcast and gave up.

But, yes, he's been in the space a long time and he does sell at quite reasonable prices.

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