This is mostly an exercise in texturing and lighting, both of which I’m trying to learn. It was modeled in Wings3D (hopefully that doesn’t exempt me from posting).
The tiles and the pieces are supposed to be polished stone. The base of the board and bases of the pieces are supposed to be polished wood. I think the wood came out decent, but I’m not sure about the stone.
As for lighting, I’m not really sure how to get more detail on the black pieces while not blowing out the highlights even more.