London’s ‘pawnographic’ World Chess Championship logo

The headline in The Telegraph reads:

Grandmasters complain London’s ‘pawnographic’ World Chess Championship logo looks like the Kama Sutra


The new logo for the 2017 World Chess Championship in London

By Leon Watson

19 December 2017 • 4:54 PM

The unveiling of a logo for a big sporting contest is meant to be a grand occasion that builds up a flurry of excitement.

Yet for the next World Chess Championship the organisers may have gone a bit too far in trying to set pulses racing.

When their “trendy” new logo was revealed for next year’s flagship event in London it was met with a rather passionate response among grandmasters.

The chosen image shows two chequered bodies entwined around a chess board. It is, World Chess say, unashamedly sexual. Perhaps, one could even say, pawnographic.

“No, this is not a joke,” said Australian international David Smerdon on Twitter, before adding: “You had one job!”

The British Grandmaster Nigel Short, a long-time critic of the game’s governing body Fide, said the organisers were “perhaps suggesting that they are giving the chess world a good f——.”


World chess champion Magnus Carlsen (left) and London Evening Standard Editor George Osborne announcing the city as the host of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Championship

And Grandmaster Susan Polgar, the pioneer of women’s chess, questioned whether the racy image was appropriate for children.

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