When it is time to select a chess game board the most important dimension is the squares they need to accommodate the chess pieces without hanging over the edges or being too small.
The square size is far more important than the overall size of the board and will usually end up determining the size based on the square dimension.
High End Chess Boards
The more exotic wood chess boards are not only great to play on but they are also great for a game room or office décor.
Low Cost Or Standard Type Board
Most chess sets offer a standard board that usually complements the chess pieces and helps keep the cost of an entire set manageable.
Chess Boards That Offer Chess Piece Storage
There are several advantages to having a chess board that also offers storage, if you prefer to not display your chess pieces (could be your cat) for whatever reason storage is ideal. Another benefit is if you play away from your home and like to take your chess set with you it is self contained.
If you prefer something unique there are marble, glass, metal and an assortment of other materials that boards are designed with, including 3D models.