You do all know that checkers would have been much easier right?!!! Scrabble and Boggle pieces would have been even easier!
I feel like game pieces in general would be very easy for us now because of the revolve tool. The soft select tool is another tool that really helps when making pieces like the knight because you can form the object without selecting specific vertexes. I feel much better working with Maya now because after you fail so many times you start to learn the tools, where they can be found, and when to use them.
A mancala board would be easier than chess to create as well but the chinese checker board has a lot of small circular indents. That would be difficult, except there has to be a way to make one and spread them out across the board mathematically.
Keep the faith!