This chess board is made of alternating maple and walnut for a traditional, classic look. The beveled edge of the board is black, making it and the narrow black band around the squares the perfect accent for the beautiful walnut and maple squares. It looks and works best with chess pieces with a king base of 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches. The board is backed with felt so it will not scratch the surface where it sits. Pieces are not included.