## Checkers board with TikZ

What is the best way to draw a checkers board in TikZ?

I’m interested in what is the best way to draw many circular pieces on board. The checker background is not important.

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{matrix} \begin{document} \tikzstyle{ball} = [circle, shading=ball, ball color=black!80!white, minimum size=1cm] \begin{tikzpicture} \matrix (m) [matrix of nodes,nodes=ball] { {} & & {} & & {} & & {} & \\ & {} & & {} & & {} & & {} \\ {} & & {} & & {} & & {} & \\}; \end{tikzpicture} \end{document}