Chessboard Pattern or Checkerboard Pattern: Achessboard design is the type ofcheckerboardused in theboard gamechess, consisting of 64 squares (eight rows and eight columns). The squares are arranged in two alternating colors (light and dark). Wooden boards may use naturally light and dark brown woods, while plastic and vinyl boards often use brown or green for the dark squares and shades such asbufforcreamfor the light squares. Materials vary widely; while wooden boards are generally used in high-level games;vinyl, plastic, and cardboard are common for low-level and informal play. Decorative glass and marble boards are available but rarely accepted for games rated by national or international chess federations.