US 1106991 A
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HERVEY DEXTER THA'IGHER, OF POTSDAM, NEW YORK.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 11, 1914.
Application filed October 13, 1913. Serial No. 794,920.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HERVEY D. THA'roHER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Potsdam, in the county of St. Lawrence, State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Games, of which the following is a description, reference being had to the accompanying drawing and to the figures of reference marked thereon.
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in games.
One of the several objects of the invention is to provide a game somewhat similarto the well-known game of checkers, but which is more instructive and harder to solve.
Other objects of the invention will appear in order in the following specification.
In the drawings,Figure 1 is a plan view of a game board constructed in accordance with my invention and showing one embodiment thereof; Flg. 2 1s a similar view, but
showing a slightly different form; and Figs.
3 and A are perspective views respectively showing one of the playing units of each player.
Referring to the drawing, generally, it will be seen that my invention broadly comprises a game board which is divided into two playing fields, each field being sub-d1- vided into a plurality of playing sections, and a bridge portion connecting the fields and comprising a restricted number of playing sections which connect the sections of the playing fields. Each player is provided with an equal number of playing units, and these units are respectively disposed on the playing sections of the fields. The players move these units in turn, and in a diagonal direction from one section to the other. As each player moves his units over the sections of the bridge portion, said units become kings, and are then capable of being moved in any direction. On account of the sections of the bridge portion being restricted in number, much dilficulty will be occasioned by both players attempting to simultaneously pass their units over said bridge portion. To this end, I have provided a game board 5, which may be formed from any suitable material, but for the sake of cheapness I preferably employ cardboard. This board preferably consists of two connected circular sections, and each section is marked in any suitable manner with a mutilated circle 6, the mutilated parts of the respective circles being arranged in registration, and at the juncture between the circular sections of the board. Each circle 6 constitutes the outline of a playing field, and each field is divided into a plurality of connected playing sections 7. In the form illustrated in Fig. 1 I have shown these sections as being polygonal in shape, while in Fig. 2 I have shown these sections as being circular in shape. These sections are arranged in transverse rows and disposed between the sections of the respective fields is a bridge portion 8, which consists of a restricted number of similarly constructed playing sections 9. In this instance, there are only three of these sections of the bridge portion, and said sections are arranged at the juncture of said playing fields. Each of the sections 9 is preferably "stamped or otherwise marked with the word Bridge as indicated by the numeral 10. Each player uses a set of playing units 11 and 12 respectively, the units of the different sets being of diiferent color.
In practice, each player positions his units on the playing sections 7 on his respective field, and at points farthermost away from the bridge portion 8. The players then move these units in diagonal directions from one section to the other, the moves, of course, being made in turn. Each player endeavors to jump one or more units belonging to his opponent. When this move has been made, the player takes the units which have been jumped. As the players move the units from one field to the other, it is necessary to cross the sections 9 of the bridge portion 8, and 011 account of these sections being restricted in number, much difiiculty will, of course, be encountered by both players. As soon as the units of either player pass beyond said bridge portion and into the opponents field, they become kings and these units are then capable of being moved in any direction. The game is then 0011- tinued, the units being alternately moved until all of the units belonging to one player have either been taken or blocked from further movement.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. In a game, a game board, including opposed fields, each field including a plurality of playing sections, and a bridge portion disposed between the fields and including a plu- 'ality of playing sections connecting the sectlons of said fields.
2. A game board divided into two fields, each field including'a plurality of connected sections and a restricted number of other.
. 5. In a game, a game board including opposed playing fields, eaeh field being substantially circular in outline, a plurality of polygonal shaped playing sections formed in each field, and adjacent one another, and a restrictedn'umber for playing sections disposed intermediate the fields and connecting the sections thereof.
6. I11 a game, a game board including opposed fields, each field eontannng a plurality of connected playing sections and a bridge portion interposed between said fields and ncludlng a restricted number of playing sections connecting the sections of said play- 1 .ing fields. 0. In a game, a game board formed with 7. In a game, a game board comprising two fields hingedly connected together, each field including a plurality of playing sections and a bridge portion formed on the board between the fields and comprising a plurality of playing sections connecting the sections of said fields.
8. In a game, a game board comprising opposedcircular fields hingedly connected together, whereby said fields may be folded in opposed relation, each field comprising a plurality of connected playing sections and a bridge portion disposed intermediate said'fields and comprising a plurality of playing sections connecting the sections of said fields.
In testimony whereof, I afiix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses.
HERVEY DEXTER THATCI-IER. Vitnesses FREDERICK P. BARNHART,
JOHN L. Brown.
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