"32" Square Checkerboard"-answer

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"32" Square Checkerboard"-answer

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:04 pm

Checker Fact: During the mid-1900's a few checker publications advertised a checkerboard that only had "32" squares. This unique checkerboard must not have caught on, but it was available for those that did not need the other "32" missing squares. (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Palomino on Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:47 pm

Jerry Childers gave me a Lallement Board, it doesn't have the 32 buff squares, only the 32 green squares that we play on (hard to explain, you just about have to see the board). He later mailed me a photo-copy of page 662 "The Keystone Checker Review" (Jan. 1994) which included the poem

"The Lallemont Board"
The time has come when checker cranks
On chess boards will not play,
When neither Scotts, Canucks or Yanks
Will rack their brains away.
Nail to the mast the old checker board
Set all her thread bare sails
Give her to Stinetz and his horde
The Lallemont prevails.


George Lallemont (a French writer on Polish draughts) designed the board about two hundred years ago. You might say the 32 squares are turned to place them into more of a diamond pattern.

Al lyman has a lallemont board (not a very good picture of it) on one of his checker pages.

http://www.checkerworld.com/matal2.html
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:37 pm

Pal thank you so much for the added information to your correct answer. Keep up your good work here at "Checker Trivia". (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:56 pm

More information concerning this unique checkerboard can be found in Call's Vocabulary of Checkers (page 85 as I recall) and also in the Draughts Board. (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:25 pm

Pal did you find those new sources ok? (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Palomino on Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:48 pm

I am aware of but do not have them available to me, the Keystone Checker Review artical Jerry sent me refers to both.
"The Vocabulary of Checkers" by William Timothy Call
and from the"The Draught Board" September 1871 "It might reasonably be called the natural draught board." ..."strokes are more easily seen: the movement of the peices easier understood"

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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:53 pm

Well Pal if you ever have the time please send us a colored picture of this board. (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:06 pm

Pal what do you think a checkerboard like this is worth? (Cont.)
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Re: "32" Square Checkerboard"

Postby Palomino on Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:33 pm

The board I have is one of many Jerry made himself (with the help of his wife) and was given away to friends and fellow checkers players, it is made from poster board and was not ment to be a long lasting board if used to play on. He gave several away at the 2004 IL State Checker Tournament. He signed the one he gave to me and I keep it as a memento.

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