I like how cleanly but loosely it's painted. I also like your subtle way of differentiating the black from the white pieces... this goes a long way towards communicating the symmetrical near~stalemate.
Alice, I like how you've shifted the delicate background colors ever so slightly as the viewer moves across the canvas. For a stalemate, it feels very refreshing – is this because you're relieved the game is over, and you're free to move onto a new subject? Monopoly perhaps? Nice work.