If chatting on a website which uses Textile formatting, this code should give you a chess board:

table{border:1px solid black}.
|%{color:#fff}x%|=.*a*|=.*b*|=.*c*|=.*d*|=.*e*|=.*f*|=.*g*|=.*h*|%{color:#fff}x%|
|_.1|%{font-size:30px;}♖%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♘%|%{font-size:30px;}♗%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♕%|%{font-size:30px;}♔%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♗%|%{font-size:30px;}♘%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♖%|_.1|
|_.2|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♙%|%{font-size:30px;}♙%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♙%|%{font-size:30px;}♙%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♙%|%{font-size:30px;}♙%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♙%|%{font-size:30px;}♙%|_.2|
|_.3|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd; font-size:30px;}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|_.3|
|_.4|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff; font-size:30px;}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x% |%{color:#fff}x%|_.4|
|_.5|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd; font-size:30px;}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|_.5|
|_.6|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff; font-size:30px;}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x%|%{color:#fff}x%|{background:#ddd}. %{color:#ddd}x% |%{color:#fff}x%|_.6|
|_.7|%{font-size:30px;}♟%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♟%|%{font-size:30px;}♟%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♟%|%{font-size:30px;}♟%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♟%|%{font-size:30px;}♟%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♟%|_.7|
|_.8|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♜%|%{font-size:30px;}♞%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♝%|%{font-size:30px;}♛%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♚%|%{font-size:30px;}♝%|{background:#ddd}.%{font-size:30px;}♞%|%{font-size:30px;}♜%|_.8|
|%{color:#fff}x%|=.*a*|=.*b*|=.*c*|=.*d*|=.*e*|=.*f*|=.*g*|=.*h*|%{color:#fff}x%|

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