Let’s illustrate some chess pieces. You can do this. Forget that you’ve never used Adobe Illustrator before.
It’s a simple matter of drawing the curvy shape to the left. This half-outline of a chess piece (queen, maybe?) turns into the upright white chess piece above when you apply Illustrator’s 3D effect: Revolve.
I followed a vector.tutsplus.com tutorial called Create a Checkered 3D Chess Figure Scene to produce my illustration.
Take that Bobby Fischer.