Gender of pieces

bartnic1

pawn = male/female

bishop = female

knight = male

rook = genderless

wilford-n

Kings are male; queens are female. Obviously.

Bishops are clergy. Traditionally male and exclusively so at the time chess was invented.

Knights are male almost exclusively. Maybe one of the black knights is Joan of Arc, but I still call them male.

Rooks are siege engines. Genderless.

And pawns, pawns are baby queens. Female.

That is how I've always regarded the pieces. Yes, I have thought of this before.

otherdog-101

danny_dan

I know this is 4 pages deep of discussion of anthropomorphizing chess pieces, but I'd still like to deposit my two cents.

Clearly, the king is male, and the queen is female. However, I'd argue that the pawns are male, while the bishops, knights, and rooks are genderless. Pawns are foot soldiers, which, even in the modern day, are primarily men. Bishops are actually translated in Russian with the word for "elephant" and knights are quite clearly horses, meaning they are both animals, so I'd say it's not fair to generalize their genders. Rooks are quite visibly castles and are actually derived from a word describing a crow that perches in castles, so I'd say it's also not fair to generalize their genders.

satishkumarkm

pawn-male (baby queen so female)

knight-animal i think male

bishop-female

rook-male 

queen-female

king-male 

99tc
I think the pawn is genderless until it promotes
Ninjago_Master
batgirl wrote:
AussieRookie wrote:

...most apes are male...

I think you got that backwards.

no, he didn't lol

Ninjago_Master

Everything is male except for the queen. Pawns can turn into a queen which is pretty funny... wink.png

otherdog-101

all the pieces with curves are females

trolley813
StrangeMaccin wrote:

all female except queen. pawns are a princess waiting to become queen,or any other piece so other pieces are female too, reason why can't become king

maybe except KING?

Boogalicious
wilford-n wrote:

Kings are male; queens are female. Obviously.

Bishops are clergy. Traditionally male and exclusively so at the time chess was invented.

Knights are male almost exclusively. Maybe one of the black knights is Joan of Arc, but I still call them male.

Rooks are siege engines. Genderless. And pawns, pawns are baby queens. Female.

that is how I've always regarded the pieces. Yes, I have thought of this before.

 

That's actually the best and most logical conclusion happy.png well done sir.