My name is George P. Lanier and I am The Inventor. The title was attached to me by students and teachers when I first introduced the Chexagon Board. I was asked to share the story about How I invented the Chexagon Board to the fourth grade class at Church Street Elementary School in Riverdale, Georgia. It was for Career Day. After that invitation I became a constant guest with elementary, junior and high schools all over metro Atlanta.
The students, would get so excited was I shared my story. Showing them the history of my work from to the first moment of inspiration to the early designs. Finally, as if by magic I would show them the final product that you see today.
With eyes wide open and excited facial expression of every kind, the students would ask, "Did you invent this game!?" Thereafter, almost every student and many teachers referred to me as, "The Inventor". They were eager to play and hopefully beat, The Inventor. Oh yes, I have been beaten by elementary students, teachers and parents. But not often.
I am always asked, "How did you come up with this idea?" "How did you create Chexagon?" I love to share my story. That as a fifth grader I played checkers during school recess and break time. It was the game of choice. There were no video games in those days (1969). My daughters believe that I lived during the stone age. They think that my friends and I played with rocks. Actually, we did but that's another story.
New Checkerboard Technology
The burst of inspiration that lead to developing Chexagon with new checkerboard technology was simple. I wanted to make a checkerboard that was more challenging than the iconic checkerboard/draught. Yet not so complicated that others would not want to be bothered with it.
So instead of making a bigger board, I could see that making a board with a more challenging terrand would be the right option. Instead of a larger squared board what about a hexagon shape.
The iconic checkerboard has 32 playable squares of the 64 squares on the board.
Chexagon has 53 playable squares of the 101 squares and 8 triangle spaces on the board.
When playing checkers on the iconic board players use 12 checkers each.
When playing checkers on the Chexagon Board players use 13 checkers.
You can play checkers in the same amount of time on the Chexagon Board as you can on the traditional checkerboard. Depending on your level of play.
The name Chexagon came easy. Chexagon is a hexagon shaped checkerboard. You can play its three premiere games on this one board. They are Checkers, Connection and Gammon. Depending on its three playing positions you can play up to seven great games on Chexagon including Chess. Special Chess pieces will be the next addition to the Chexagon Board and Games.