CHECKERBOARDS was first published by Nancy Page (aka Florence La Ganke, not to be confused with Nancy Cabot) in her syndicated column in the Birmingham News on June 11, 1935. Notice the title is plural, and thus not suggesting the game board.
Also interesting in CHECKERBOARDS, is that the sections are filled with pieced squares instead of simply employing a gingham fabric. In other words, Page offered what might be called a block pieced with ersatz gingham. But there's a difference. The corner squares in several of the sections (as shown left) were removed in order to create diagonals and/or rounded corners. The patten is somewhat complicated, with so many pieces, but rather ingenious and playful at the same time. It needs to be tiled however (see below) as an overall pattern, in order to show off its geometric symmetry.
Maybe because the category is so elusive, CHECKERBOARDS is not listed in most of the compendiums. Jinny Beyer does have it though, see her QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.249-4, in her section titled "9 x 9 Base Grid," including 18 x 18 (like this one) and 36 x 36 grid designs. The block is located on the same page as several PINE TREE and TREE OF LIFE patterns, not all that relevant, but great company.
More square and/or rectangle designs at this site include:
TIC TAC TOE
SQUARES UPON SQUARES
CENTURY OF PROGRESS