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GM Thomas G. Wiswell (Birth: April 25, 1910 - Death: November 14, 1998) Visit Virtual Cemetery
Thomas Wiswell of Brooklyn, NY, (The wizard of Gotham). Noted problemist publisher and player has written more books on checkers than any other man with the possible exception of Millard Hopper, and without question he sold more checker books than any other author of the game.
Tom Wiswell's many publications included Let's Play Checkers “LPC” by Tom Wiswell & Kenneth M. Grover (opb) Originally published by David McKay Co, in 1940. This paper-back edition is the eleventh printing, 1972. 188 pages, 5” x 7 ¾”, An excellent checker book dealing primarily with the “Cross” and “Double Corner” openings with a good problem section. This was Wiswell’s number one all time best seller which covers it all: games, midgames, landings, problems, historical notes. If you can only buy one book - get this one. Learn Checkers Fast "LCF" by Tom Wiswell / Introduction by Jack Dempsey “An invitation to proficiency.” published by David McKay, 6th printing, 1946 (pb) 208pgs. Wiswell always has something to teach us, a great classic book. This was Wiswell’s number two all time best seller. Both above books as all his book were later published in hard back.
Wiswell won only one major tourney that was the
1938 New York masters tourney. However he compiled an excellent record in
match play. He won the “go as you please” World Championship from Millard
Hopper in 1951 by a score of 7-2-27, and he defended it in 1953 by drawing the
match with Hopper 2-2-36. He twice defended the title against Canadian
Champion W.R. Fraser winning 2-0-37 in 1956 and by a score of 7-0-27 in 1959-60.
Wiswell until his retirement was famous for his cross country exhibition tours.
He also appeared on early televisions shows. He was on the game show
"What's My Line" and on the Ed Sullivan show.
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