Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1474504 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 20, 1923
Filing dateMar 14, 1922
Priority dateMar 14, 1922
Publication numberUS 1474504 A, US 1474504A, US-A-1474504, US1474504 A, US1474504A
InventorsAllen James B
Original AssigneeAllen James B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1474504 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Nov. 20, 192.3, 1,474,504

- J. B. ALL EN I GAME Filed March 14. 1922 INVENTOR.

Patented Nov. 20 1923.




To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JAMES B. ALLEN, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Denver, in the county of Denver and State of Colorado, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Games, of which the following is a specification.

The invention relates to games of the type having counters which are adapted to e moved upon a series of spaces, marked upon a game-board, by the players in their turn, similar to the ordinary and well known game of .checkers; and has for its primary object the provision of a game of this character which may be played by four people simultaneously, if desired, instead of the customary two players.

A further object of the invention is to provide a game board which may be used without change either for the ordinary. game of two handed checkers or for a game of my new four handed checkers or for a game which difl'ers from both the other two in that it has a numerical score.

A still further object is to provide a gameboard marked ofi in a series of spaces, each space having a raised border for the purpose of preventing the counters from being accidentally dislodged from their proper spaces.

With these and other objects in view the invention will now be described in detail, referencebeing had to the accompanying drawing which forms a part hereof. Corresponding and like parts are referred to in the following specification and in all views of the accompanying .drawing by the same reference characters. 7 In the drawing: v Figure 1 is a plan view of the improved game-board.

Fi 2 is a plan view showing one of each set 0 counters used with the game board.

Fi 3 is a cross sectional view, taken on the hue 33, Fig. 1.

Let the numeral 17 designate the gameboard'in its entirety upon which is printed or impressed a series of spaces. In the board shown there are onehundred and forty four square spaces-twelve squares high and twelve squares wide.

Each alternate square is designated by a color, the arran ement of which will be later described, Whi -3 the intervening squares, designated on the drawing by the numeral 30, are either left colorlessas indicated in l application filed March 14, 1922. Serial No. 543,732.

the drawing or given some uniform ground color such as gray.

The color arrangement is as follows. A series of twelve squares, three tiers deep, at one side of the board is indicated in a certain color, as shown ruled for yellow at 18 in the-drawing. On the opposite edge of the board a band of similar color 19 isformed. A similar series of twelve squares is marked in a contrasting color at each of the remaining sides of the board as is shown at 20, 22 and 24, ruled for green, blue and red respectively. On the opposite side of is a band of color similar to that of the series as shown at 21, 23 and 25 respectively. The remaining alternatin color squares are indicated by a still di erent contrasting color, as shown at 26, which is ruled onthe drawing for purple.

This makes a total of five difl'erent colors not including a color which may be assigned to the intervening spaces 30. The above described color arrangement is used for playing four handed as will be later described.

The thirty-two most centrally located of the intervening spaces 30, each contain a number. two series, each numbered from one to sixteen inclusive and the two series are printed in contrasting colors asis' shown at 27 and 28 on the drawing. Each series is faced towards the nearest player.

Forty-eight ame counters are used on the board when p ayin four handed, and are divided into four difierent'colored sets of twelve each, corresponding in color to the four series of twelve squares at each side of the board. In Fig. 2 one counter of each set is .;showncounter 18' corresponding in color to series 18, counter 20 to series 20, counter 22 to series 22 and counter 24' to series 24.

Having thus described the game a paratus the various methods of playing now These numbers are divided into the board from each of these series of twelve board. He may jum and remove any of the counters of his t ree adversaries that may properly come in his path. After reachin the opposite side of the board, along tEe band of his color, his counters become kings and can move in any direction. All moves must be made on the alternate colored spaces and never on the intervening spaces 30. The last player to have counters on the board wins the game.

Ordinary or two-handed checkers may be played by just using two sets of counters and playing only on those squares of the board containing numbers. For instance, the checkers would be set up in starting on the squares numbered from 5 to 16 inclusive and the playing continued as usual, using the numbers to indicate the proper squares to play on only.

A third game, which difl'ers from the two above described in that it has a numerical score, may be played on the numbered squares. It is two-handed game and is played similar to the two handed checker game except that the players add as their score the numbers of the squares in their adversarys territory which are passed over or occupied by their counters in their advance to the king row. It may be played so that the owner of a counter which is ,jumped and removed from the board loses from his score an amount 'equal to the number of the square upon which the j umped: counter was standing.

, The latter game is very amusing and in-' structive for children as it teaches additlon and subtraction and the use of figures.

The drawing shows a distinctive form of board which may be used in connection with the game. This form is more particularly nann es indicated in Fig." 3. The squares of the board are impressed below the general sur-- what is claimed'and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is 1. A ame-apparatus com rising a square board dlvided into 144 equa squares and 48 playing counters, divided by color into four sets of 12 each; said board having four series of 12 alternating squares each, COlllCldf ingin color with the four sets of counters, one of said series being placed adjacent to each of the four sides of said board, the balance of the alternating. squares being indicated in a fifth contrasting color.

2. A game-ap aratus comprising a four sided game-boar divided into aflurality of spaces and playing counters divi ed b color into four opposing sets, said board aving a series of alternating s aces at each of the sides thereof correspon ing in number and color to the four sets of counters, and a band of color surrounding the entire board, the

color of the band at each side of said board coinciding in color with that of the series ofalternating spaces at the opposite side of said board.

In testimony whereof I afix my si I JAWS B. EN.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2456098 *Nov 30, 1946Dec 14, 1948Albert H WheelerGame board and playing pieces therefor
US2750193 *Nov 14, 1952Jun 12, 1956George F WalesGame apparatus
US2752158 *Oct 28, 1954Jun 26, 1956Helen BrunotGame apparatus
US2766987 *Mar 31, 1955Oct 16, 1956Coralie KnepshieldGame board and pieces
US2772885 *Dec 15, 1952Dec 4, 1956Wales George FGame apparatus
US2798724 *Dec 15, 1952Jul 9, 1957George F WalesGame board and playing pieces
US3356369 *Jan 22, 1965Dec 5, 1967Kolmer Bros IncDie agitating chance device
US3464701 *Dec 6, 1966Sep 2, 1969Sch CorpGame apparatus for playing threedimensional chess and tic-tac-toe
US3531122 *Jan 18, 1968Sep 29, 1970Peebles David MTwo-sided checkerboard with recess-defining ribs
US3799549 *Mar 5, 1973Mar 26, 1974M LakerBoard game apparatus
US4147360 *Jun 21, 1974Apr 3, 1979Kay Etma Bailey McElreathFoursided chess game
US4634129 *Aug 27, 1984Jan 6, 1987Hugo RomanColor correlated game board and playing pieces
US4938482 *Dec 16, 1988Jul 3, 1990Jarwick Enterprises Ltd.Board game
US5228699 *Apr 17, 1990Jul 20, 1993Jarwick Enterprises Ltd.Board game
US5346224 *Nov 12, 1993Sep 13, 1994Remus Karl GPenalty checkers game
US6257578 *May 23, 1998Jul 10, 2001Daniel GulliverABC checkers and other checkers games
US6508468Sep 7, 2001Jan 21, 2003Kevin F. ChalliceTile sequencing game assembly
U.S. Classification273/260
International ClassificationA63F3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/02
European ClassificationA63F3/02