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Entry from December 17, 2020
“If chess turns you on, it’s pawnography”

"Pawnography” (chess pawn + pornography) is a jocular portmanteau word that some chess players have used. Pawnography!! (1973) was the title of a book by Douglas R Long and Bryan M Knight.

“PawnOGraphy - playing chess in the nude” was posted on Twitter by VB Leghorn on April 2, 2010. “Pawnography: pictures of chess pieces?” was posted on Twitter by John Taylor on April 30, 2011. “There’s a niche fetish for people attracted to chess pieces. It’s called pawnography” was posted on Twitter by Steven Savona on July 7, 2012. “If chess turns you on, it’s pawnography” was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on December 17, 2020.


OCLC WorldCat record
Pawnography!!
Author: Douglas R Long; Bryan M Knight
Publisher: Montreal : Chess Nut, 1973.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

Google Groups: rec.games.chess
Pawnography: Kasparov-Short (Book Review)
Michael Duffy
Dec 5, 1993, 8:17:34 AM
“The Inner Game” by Dominic Lawson
Macmillan 14.99 pounds pp249
Book review by Anthony Holden in “The Sunday Times”

Google Groups: rec.games.chess
Psycological Warfare
Trevor Varley
Jun 1, 1994, 9:16:00 AM
(...)
* OLX 2.1 TD * Pawnography: Photos of Chess games....

Google Groups: rec.games.chess.misc
Who are the cutest chess babes around?
Churak
Apr 19, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
>>So I guess I should refrain from posting “REQ: Nude JPEGs of Pia Cramling”
for
>>another time? >:->
>
>More pawnography on the net. How disgusting. smile
>
And I used to edit a newsletter called “Pawnography (Analysis in a Brown Paper Wrapper)”. How ironic! 8-)

Google Groups: alt.humor
Chess
Keith E. Sullivan
Jan 27, 1998, 3:00:00 AM
MASTERPIECE
It was the best piece he had ever written. His masterpiece. The story of a classic chess match told from the point of view of the lest significant piece, the black queen’s knight’s pawn. So he was devastated to receive the letter of rejection from his publisher. “You should have known better,” it read, “Our firm will never publish pawnography.” ... I guess they would not publish this either as it is punography. ... or cornography. ... or if written by hand, penography.
Stan Kegel

OCLC WorldCat record
Chess and the cold war Pawnography
Edition/Format: Article Article
Publication: ECONOMIST -LONDON- ECONOMIST NEWSPAPER LIMITED- no. 8607, (November 22, 2008): 105

Twitter
VB Leghorn
@vbleghorn
PawnOGraphy - playing chess in the nude
1:05 PM · Apr 2, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
John Taylor
@John_Taylor
Pawnography: pictures of chess pieces?
1:48 PM · Apr 30, 2011·TweetDeck

Twitter
Steven Savona
@Steven_Savona
There’s a niche fetish for people attracted to chess pieces. It’s called pawnography.
11:33 AM · Jul 7, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
I, Geek
@sammih_77
So, in chess if the King and Queen get it on does it make it pawnography?
5:18 PM · Aug 5, 2012·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Yuri Winston
@Snikoggs
What do horny chess pieces watch?  Pawnography… (As you were)
10:46 AM · Jan 27, 2013·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
‘Ronnie Golden’
@RonnieGolden1
Pawnography: dirty chess.
6:52 AM · Jun 24, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
faasos
@faasos
Is the study of chess pawns called pawnography?
8:30 AM · Sep 21, 2013·TweetDeck

Twitter
VelocityChess
@Velocitychess
#ChessJokes:  Chess players love to view pawnography.
4:30 PM · Mar 11, 2014·Hootsuite

Twitter
Gazzagodbod
@garywickson
I watched a programme about a man who has sex with chess pieces
It was pawnography x
5:54 PM · Feb 22, 2015·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Chuck Imisson
@Chuck_Imisson
What does the chess grandmaster watch when horny?
Pawnography.
#badjoke #chess #pawn #grandmaster
2:25 PM · Jan 25, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Don the Bearded
@Deer_Tea_D
#AddChessToAnything
Naked chess is considered pawnography
6:38 PM · Jul 20, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Bobsandwich Skull
@JakeseaGrin
A video of two people dressed as chess pieces and having sex: Pawnography.
6:36 AM · Mar 5, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Elliott Kember and 263 others
@elliottkember
there’s so much sex in this chess show, it borders on pawnography
10:40 PM · Nov 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Kevin the Atheist
@KevinSecular2
To save chess from extinction, the sport must get sexier
The only option: pawnography
8:01 AM · Dec 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/JrrdWllms December 17, 2020
If chess turns you on, it’s pawnography.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, December 17, 2020 • Permalink