Grandmaster and World Checkers Champion, Walter F. Hellman was born in Sweden, his family moved to Gary, Indiana in 1926 where in 1931 at the age of 15 he won a city chess tournament. Later he became interested in checkers and won his first Indiana State Checkers Tournament in 1933 at age 17.
In 1948 he defeated Asa Long 2-1-47 to become the new (3-move) World Champion, Walter Hellman reigned longer than any other American as World Champion, he held the title from 1948 to 1955 and again from 1958 to 1975. He lost only one World Championship Title Match, in 1955 to Marion Tinsley.
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