Version reviewed

World Championship Checkers

(Highlighting the Hellman-Ryan-Long Title Games)

1950 Edition with 158 numbered pages

Authored by William F. Ryan and Tommie Wiswell

Published Bell Publishing Company Drexel Hill Pennsylvania

Printed in the United States of America

About the Authors


William Francis Ryan (1907-1954)

Ryan was nicknamed the Bronx Comet or Willie. Notably, he was one of the most prominent players of his time. Most importantly, he managed to win the American Championship in 1939 and 1946. On top of this, he was as well an accomplished blindfold player.
During his lifetime, he was a very prolific writer and did publish and co-author several books & magazines.

To name just some of his publications

Books & Booklets

  • Scientific Checkers Made Easy
  • Championship Checkers Simplified
  • Tricks, Traps & Shots of the Checkerboard
  • It’s Your Move: A New Manual of Checkers
  • The Modern Encyclopedia of Checkers
  • World Championship Checkers
  • Streamlined Checkers: A Lucid exposition of Scientific Play and Instructions on the Game of Checkers, Embracing a Precise Treatment of All Major Variations on the 18 – 15 Line of the Double Corner Opening


  • The King-Row Review
  • The Checkergram
  • Checkers: Games of the Blindfold Match Between William F. Ryan and Newell W. Banks
  • The American Checkerist
  • The New Checkergram

However, William Ryan’s crowning achievement is a failed attempt for the World Championship. The match in 1949 against Walter Hellman ended in a drawn score with Hellman retaining. Furthermore, he did have an unsuccessful run on a world title against Newell Banks. This attempt was in 1937 for the World Blindfold Championship.

Tom Wiswell (1910-1998)

Millard Hopper and Tom Wiswell (left to right)

Thomas George Wiswell was a noted problemist, publisher and player. In his lifetime he only won one major tourney that was the 1938 New York Masters. 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.

Tom Wiswell until his retirement was famous for his cross country exhibition tours where he promoted the game. Most will remember him as a great checkers educator throughout his many publications.

To name just some of his publications and contributions

Books & Booklets

  • The Science of Checkers and Draughts
  • The Wonderful World of Checkers and Draughts
  • Checker Kings in Action
  • America’s Best Checkers
  • Let’s Play Checkers
  • Complete Guide to Checkers
  • Twentieth Century Checkers
  • Learn Checkers Fast

Book index




Who is this book for?

It is mainly a collection of match games with a few problems rounded up by Wiswell. The game is neat and well executed by some of the all time greats with some bio sketches. If your looking for Ryan vs Hellman or Hellman vs Long then go no further.


For the mere beginner not so interesting as it is a collection of World Championship Games. It is aims for the advanced player or the master and grandmaster level.


5 Star

Where to obtain

Couldn’t locate a free digital version.

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