World Chess Championship 2018 Unveils Surprisingly Racy Logo

You wouldn’t have expected that one logo of World Chess Championship could cause quite a stir. But this one does, since it features an image that many people deem too raunchy.

The black-and-white logo in question, unveiled earlier this month, was created by Moscow-based studio Shukla Design that is no stranger to creating cheeky brandings. It features silhouettes of two figures who sit facing each other with a chess board between them. However, the two have their legs and arms intertwined with each others’.

The sexy logo has received mixed reviews from fans, with mostly negative reviews coming from the chess community. Australian chess master David Smerdon recently shared the logo on Twitter and complained that whoever behind the artwork “had one job” but still sucked at it. Women’s chess pioneer Susan Polgar also ciriticized the logo, saying it’s too racy and inappropriate for children.

Responding to the negative reactions, a World Chess spokesperson has defended the logo that they brand “controversial and trendy, just like the host city.” FYI, the tournament will be held in London late next year.

“We’ve been busy for over a year working with artists and designers to develop a perfect key visual,” the spokesperson shared. “This is the image that will be associated with the 2018 match and which will find its way onto mugs, posters, outdoor displays, venue design, media, broadcasting graphics and more.”

3 thoughts on “World Chess Championship 2018 Unveils Surprisingly Racy Logo

  • December 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    “Controversial & Trendy” is code in the design world for “We paid up front and got a hot mess of garbage and now have no money or time to have someone with talent to redo it”

  • December 26, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Not only does it look sexual, it is just plain ugly, it looks like modern art and should be in the trash…

    • January 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

      l.o.l your comment make my day, well that’s the only that i never expect would happened okay this is a -world class- championship it should be more and more qualified even for logo. okay logo that’s important really,


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