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Boland’s Border Classics

Copyright 1957 by Ben Boland, Author and Publisher

Livingston Manor, New York, 112 numbered pages.

About the Author

Benjamin (Ben) Boland was born in Lachine, Ontario, Canada in 1910. When he was ten years old his parents relocated to Brooklyn, New York.

He was without a question the greatest problemist. He was a regular contributor to Elam’s Checker Board (ECB).


He did enrich the literature of checkers with such great books like

No finer tribute could be paid than Dr. Marion Tinsley stating “When I go to checker tournaments the only books I carry are those by Ben Boland”. Ben Boland died age 89 in Delray Beach, FL on the 25th March 1999.

Book index

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Who is this book for?

Like all other of Boland’s works, a must-have for the advanced player and aspiring master.


Like all of Boland’s works, I wouldn’t recommend it to a mere beginner or novice as it can be overwhelming and might appear too dry for the unskilled eye. It is more a book to put on the shelf until you reached the level of your draughts or checkers education where you should study advanced endgames. Pull it out and experience its level when you do have the desire and skills to get into its advanced endgames.


5 Star

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