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Thomas Frere
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1857 to 1861

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(born Dec-08-1820, died Jan-19-1900, 79 years old) United States of America

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Thomas Frere was one of the foremost promoters of chess in the USA in the 19th century. He helped organize the 1st American Chess Congress (1857) in New York. He was a player in the minor tournament of that congress. He organized the first Brooklyn chess club. He was one of the organizers of the Manhattan Chess Club. He organized the Fifth American Chess Congress in 1880 and the Sixth American Chess Congress in 1886. He worked as a clerk at the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York. In 1855, a chess column appeared in Frank Leslie’s New York Journal and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, edited by Frere. In March 1859, he wrote a chess column for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Last updated: 2018-12-25 13:43:53

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Frere vs Paulsen 0-1411857Blindfold simul, 5bA10 English
2. Wheelwright vs T Frere 1-0131861New YorkC37 King's Gambit Accepted
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  Sneaky: Author of "Chess Handbook" and helped organize the First American Chess Congress of 1857, won by Paul Morphy. Also the co-author, with Edmund Hoyle, of "Hoyle's Games."

His son, Walter, was also a very strong player.

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  Calli: The great-great-grandson of Thomas Frère, Martin Frère Hillyer, has published a book, on his role in American chess based on Thomas' papers.

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  wordfunph: Thomas Frere and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York City by Martin Frere Hillyer

May-27-12  Cibator: Apt title for the book, seeing that "frere" is French for brother.
May-28-17  zanzibar: BMC obit (from NY Clipper):

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