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Dec. 3l, 1946.
_ w. A. DUBAY
Filed oct. 18, 194s4
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Patented Dec. 31, 1946
William A. Dubay, Cleveland, Ohio
Application October 18, 1943, Serial No. 506,659
6 Claims.
(Cl. 273-131)
This invention relates to games, particularly
oi six small squares and tWo other large squares,
while each of the smaller squares (not adjacent
a border) has its periphery bounded by three
to games which may be placed on a board by
moving pieces thereon.
An object of the invention is to provide an
improved game'which will be extremely interest
ing to players.
Another object is to provide an improved game
which will develop the players’ perception and
large squares and one small square.
‘ Each large square, besides .contacting side sur
faces of two >other large squares, has twol corners
constituting opposite angles of two corners of
two more adjacent large squares.
Each small square has one corner forming an
Another object is to provide an improved game
which will differ in many respects from those
opposite angle of an adjacent corner of another
small square.
Four types of pieces are provided for the
players, two for each, and, in keeping with the
Another object is to provide an improved game
designation which I have selected for the game,
which will be neat and attractive in appearance..
Another object is to provide an improved game 15 the pieces 5 and 6 of one player may be made
to simulate screws and the pieces l and 8 of the
which may be easily and economically produced.I
other player to simulate balls. Each player has
Other objects will hereinafter appear. _
a plurality of large pieces and small pieces, one
The invention will be better understood from
type of which may‘move upon the small squares
the description of one practical embodiment
thereof illustrated in the accompanying draw 20 and the other type upon the large squares. It
will be understood that the pieces are moved
lng, in which the ñgure is a perspective plan view
manually by the players from square to square,
of a game board arranged for playing one version '
and do not roll from one square to the other.
of the game, certain playing pieces placed there
For this reason, each piece has a flat or concave
on, and some of the types of play indicated by
reference to spaces marked with reference nu 25 bottom which is supported on the board and
which maintains the piece, when resting on the
board, in stable equilibrium.
The game which is illustrated is one which I
Also in keeping with the name of the game,
vhave denominated “Screwball Checkers” or “Re
I’prefer to have the large pieces 5 and 'l move
verse,” in that, in a degree, the board and play
suggest those of the game of checkers, not so 30 on the small squares and the small pieces 6 and
8 move on the large squares, although, of course,
much through similarity as because of differences
it will be apparent that the game could be played
by reversing this procedure.
As clearly illustrated, the fieldv of the game
The game is played as follows:
board l is divided into a plurality of squares,
Its object is to finish up with the least number
`these being shown as of two sizes and four 35
of pieces on the boardl and each player starts
with a small num-ber of pieces which is aug
The large squares 2 are shown as twice the
mented as the play progresses.
length to a side of each of the small squares 3,
In the example illustrated, using a board hav-v
and are so arranged longitudinally of the board, or
from the direction of a player on one side towardV 40 ing 26 large squares and 48 small squares, I
provide each player with'18 large pieces and six
the player on the other, that a plurality of deli
smallones. It will be understood that the elon
nite columns or longitudinal rows are formed,
gated spaces, such as indicated at 4, are, as
these being shown as six in number, but trans
pointed out previously, large squares which would
versely of the b-oard the squares are in such stag
gered relation that there is no continuous trans 45 protrude beyond the bounding rectangle of the
verse rowthroughout its extent.
playing board, the outer half of which has been
omitted for symmetry in outline, but that these
In each longitudinal column are alternated one
half squares are used precisely the same as the
large square, then two small squares side by side,
large squares l0 in the play.
then another large square, et cetera, across the
At the start of play, he places four large and
board. To bring the board within a rectangular 50
two small ones on the space bordering the mar
border, certain of the large squares 4 are cut in
gin remote from him, and moves the pieces toward
half, and it -will be noted that each large square
him instead of away from him.
(excepting those which are bordered on one or
It will be understood that each half of a large
two sides by the margin of the board) has its
periphery coincident with parts of the peripheries 55 space which is situated along a marginal edge ad
played heretofore.
jacent a player is regarded for al1 purposes of
ñcations and variations coming within the scope
of the appended claims.
I claim:
play as a whole large space.
The players take turns in moving their pieces,
and any piece may move one square forward in
l. A game comprising a game board having
a playing surface divided into squares of a plu.
any direction, always, however, remaining on
squares of its proper size, that is keeping the
large pieces on the small squares and the small
rality of sizes, each square having a portion of
its border coincident with at least one square of
ones on the large squares, or it may move side
the same size and at least one square of a dif
ferent size, and a plurality of sets of playing
wise toward the center of the board, but may not
l() pieces, each including pieces differentiated for
move away from the center or backward.
use upon squares of different sizes, each piece
A piece attacks an opponent’s piece by being
having a surface adapted to engage and be sup
in a square from which it might move into the
ported by the board maintaining the piece in
square occupied by the opponent’s piece, if that
stable equilibrium.
piece were not there, it being understood that
at no time can two pieces occupy the same square. ‘
When a piece is attacked, insteadof being
removed from the board, the attacking player
places one of the opponent’s pieces on a non
occupied space, the piece corresponding to .the
one of the type attacked. That is, if it is a large
“screw” that is attacked, another large “screw”
must be put upon the board. It will be put on
the starting row if an appropriate space is vacant,
2. A game comprising a game board having a
rectangular playing surface divided into a plu
rality of rows, each of which includes alternate
large and small squares, the Squares of the ad~
jacent rows being staggered, and two sets of
playing pieces, each consisting of two difieren-`
tiated types of pieces, each piece having _a surface
adapted to engage and be supported by the board
maintaining the piece in stable equilibrium.
3. A game comprising a game board having a
otherwise as near this. row as possible.
rLarge andsmall piecescan attack one another,
although they couldnotthemselves _actually move
onto the squares occupied by the` attacked pieces.
rectangular playing surface dividedinto a Vplu
As, for example, a large “screw” on square 9 can
attack a large “ball” on ,square l0 or one on
square Il, or can attack a small “ball” on any
the adjacentrows being ,staggeredso vthat the
of squares l2, I3 or I4. A large “screw” on
square l5 can attack a large “ball” on square
i6, or a small “ball” on large squares l'! audit.
If the large “screw” be moved to square I5 it
can attack a large “ball” on square i9 or a small
“ball” on squares I8 or 2E.
rality of rows, each of which includesalternate
large and -pairsof ysmall squares, the squares. of
pairs of small squares in adjacent rowsare out
of alignment, ,and two sets -.of playing pieces,
each consisting of two differentiated types of
pieces, each piece having a surface _adapted to
engage and besupportedby theboard maintain
ing-the piecein ,stable equilibrium.
4. A, game comprisingva gameboard having a
g rectangular playing vsurface divided into a plu
If an attacking piece reaches the extreme bor
der of the board, it is considered “dead” and
may be removed. Also, if it moves into a posi
tion where it cannot move further, it is con
sidered “dead” and removed from the board.
rality of rows, eaclicf Ywhichincludes„alternate
large land-.small squares, the squaresof the. ad
jacent 'rows being >staggered soy that the side of
.a1-large squareis coincident :with `half of the vside
ci _another large square'in the Aadjacent row and
Pieces so removed are put aside and cannot be
returned to the board as a penalty for a success
with onegentireside of a small square in said
ful attack by the opposing player.
Any piece may be attacked any number of
adjacent row, vand two sets .of playing pieces,
each consisting vof two r,differentiated types of
pieces, each piece having a ysurface adapted to
engage and be supported by the board maintainf
As above indicated, the players take turns in
moving their pieces, but every time the opposing
player succeeds in attacking an opponent’s piece,
ingîthe-- piece instable equilibrium.
he is entitled to another move and may keep on as E
long as he is capable of attacking.
a series of .~ squares the fuil Width ofthe row,
The game _is vfinished when all the available
pieces of one player are on vthe boardand when
this happens, of course, the >other player has won.
VWhile described as played by two players only, ;
it will be understood that each side may _consist
of two or more players.
f5. A ‘game ~board comprising a playing surface
divided into-‘a plurality of rows, eac-hrow having
thesesquares .being spaced apart and the.- spaces
between them filled with pairs ci squares the
,sides of which are one. half the width of the row.
6. :A'ga-me'board comprising a playing surface
divided into >a plurality of rows, _eachrow having
a. series of squares the full width of the row; these
square'sbeing spaced apart and the spaces be
While ï have described the illustrated embodi
tweenithem filled with pairs of squaresl the sides
ment of my invention in some particularity, ob
of which-are one half the width of therrow, the
viously many other embodiments, variations, and lli; squares of successive rows being staggered -so
modiñcations will readily occur to those skilled
ythat the smaller squares of one row each have a
in this art, and I do not, therefore, limit myself
side coincident with a part of a side of a larger
to the precise details shown and described herein,
but claim as my invention all embodiments, modi
Asquarein the adjacentirow.
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