This 12 inch wooden board has a deep chocolate color, and the chessmen in particular are distinctive and their quality caught our eye immediately. They have been created with care with special attention to carved detail usually reserved for bigger and more expensive sets. The felt bottomed chessmen are made of sheesham and boxwood and look lovely on display. The design that has gone into these chess pieces packs a punch that belies the set's compact size. The finish on these hand polished pieces will become even more lustrous over time with handling. Modern chess was invented in Europe, based on an Arabic game (Shatranj) that was based on an Indian game (Chaturanga). During the Middle Ages it spread across Europe and evolved into the game we know and love today. Chess is a game of infinite variations and possibly the most challenging strategy game ever created, it has lasted through the centuries and is played in every corner of the world.