I wanted a very classy chess board that I could use and display in my office, I looked everywhere but didn't find anything like what I had in mind. This is what I envisioned.
All the game pieces with exception of the Rook are Minifigs, But the board can be used with regular pieces as well and both can be stored in the board. All the minifigs are standard lego but mixed and matched to be custom; for example all the pawns legs are short legs and I gave them all armor from a collectible knight. the evil queen has Rocker hair. But in the final design my intention is for the minfigs to be custom, the owner can use any pieces he wishes and mix/match his own set. For example my black knights are from Collector Series 7, the black queen is designed from a few different minifiges and designed to look pure evil, and my white queen is custom minifig designed to look like my real life queen (my wife), To all the minifigs I have added two 1x2 plates with the single jumper stud to provide stability during play.
All the game pieces will fit in two storage trays on the side of the board. The storage trays are hinged and can close flush with the board. A second set of regular chess pieces can be stored underneath the reversible/removable board.
The board is double sided - one side is the familiar Black/White squares, and the other is regulation Blue/White squares. The board can be lifted out turned over and slid back down into place with the storage tray doors open. Both sides are smooth tiles. If desired you could build onside regulation blue and the other regulation green.
Altogether the kit (not including Minifigs) is about 1500 pieces.