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UNITED STATES PATENT orrron.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 19, 1905.
Application filed January 29, 1904. Serial No. 191,158.
To all whmn it may concern;
Be it known that I, ISAAC M. LARKEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Kibby,
in the county of W o'odward and Territory of.
A further object of the invention is to pro-' vide a game apparatus which will be susceptible of the exercise of great skill and in which the playing-pieces will vary in value as the game proceeds. Y
With these and other objects in view the invention consists in the construction and novel arrangement of parts hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawing, and pointed out in the claim hereto appended, it being understood that various changes in the form, proportion, size, and minor details of construction within the scope of the claim may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
The figure of the drawing is a plan view of a game-board constructed in accordance with this invention.
Referring to the drawing, 1 designates a game-board, which may be constructed of any suitable material and be ornamented in any desired manner. In. the accompanying drawing the outside field is divided by parallel lines 1 and 2 into thirty-six squares,six squares being at each side; but it will be readily understood that the size of the game-board and the number of squares thereon may be varied to provide a larger or smaller number of squares than that shown, and the games may also be variedwvith the size of the boards, the larger boards admitting of the use of a greater number of playing-pieces.
The squares 8, formed by the parallel lines 1 and 2, constitute a square field, which also contains an inner square field 4:, arranged diagonally with relation to the main or larger field and having its corners arranged at the centers of the sides of the larger field. The squares of the outer field outside the inner field are unbroken, and these unbroken squares are located at each corner of the game-board. The inner orsmaller field is divided into equal squares by parallel lines 5 and 6, which are arrangeddiagonally of the squares 3. The lines forming the squares of the larger or main field are arranged diagonally of the adjacent squares of the inner field, and in practice the lines of the two fields will be of contrasting colors, preferably red and blue; but any other colors may be employed.
The playing-pieces (not shown) may be of any desired form and are preferably white and black to distinguish them; but other con trasting colors may be employed, as will be readily understood. In playing the game of Competition, hereinafter explained, the pieces will preferably be'in the form of the busts .of celebrated and successful men in the various walks of life. Games may be played by two or four persons and may have various objects or results in view. For instance, in the game of Competition the object is to enter a piece at one of the points of the inter Section of the inner and outer field and to move it to the right if it be white and to the left if it be black around the outer margin of the larger or main field and then around the margin of the inner field to the point of starting and from there up the center line to the center of the board. The player who accom- ,Some of the pieces may have only one move or a move from one point of intersection to the next point of intersection. Some of the pieces may move in straight lines on the lines of either field any number of spaces and some may be movable onlyon the lines of one of the fields. Other pieces may move one space to the right or left horizontally and two spaces forward or backward or two spaces forward or backward and one to either side, while other pieces move in the same manner on the inner field by moving one space diagonally one way and two diagonally the other. The pieces are designed to be entered 11 the board at the option of the players h t is, when it is a players turn to move he may either move a piece already on the board or introduce another piece. The piece whichiis moved around the margins of the two fields cannotbe captured when on the marginal lines of the outer field, but may be cap- IIO tured at any time when on the lines of the inner square or field by pieces movable on those diagonal or angle lines. Other pieces may be captured on either field, and the object of the game is for each player to advance his own man or piece and obstruct the passage of his opponents man or piece. A variety of games may be played, and instead of advancing a man around the board the object may be to arrange a number of playingpieces in a roW or rows. Various other games may be played and the playing-pieces may be varied in form to correspond to the different games.
Having thus fully described my invention, What I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
In a game apparatus, a game-board provided with an outer rectangular field divided into squares, and an inner rectangular field arranged Within the outer field and having its corners located at the centers of the sides of the outer field, said innerfield being divided into squares of less area than the squares of the outer field, and the squares of the inner field being intersected diagonally by the sides of the squares of the outer field, all of the lines of the squares of both fields running continuous and straight throughout the area of their respective fields, and the color of the lines of the inner field contrasting with the color of the lines of the outer field, the squares of the outer field at the four corners outside the inner field being unbroken.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto aflixed my signature in the presence of two Witnesses.
ISAAC M. LARKEY.
M. LUTHER WEST, A. W. MCKEAN.