Chess is one of the oldest board games in human history (the first games trace back to India, around 500 A.D.). It is probably the most popular strategy game in the world, where the only thing you need is your ability, no matter how old or rich you are, or where you come from.
It is simple: two minds playing one against the other, where everything can happen and nothing should be taken for granted as long as the opponent King is on the board. Until one of the two players goes checkmate, the game is open.
The rules are the same all around the world, but different craftsmanship created so many different kinds of chess boards. You can find them made of wood, marble, glass, alabaster, but also in a much more common (and less inspiring) plastic.