I have heard the Bong-Cloud opening mentioned on Chess.com, but I have never heard of that. Is this a real opening? What is this opening?


The Bong-Cloud opening is a joke opening that is meant to give your opponent a chance, and also it is meant to show contempt for your opponent. You play it because you think you are much stronger than he is. It is, obviously, not a good opening.

GM Hikaru Nakamura is one of the jokesters, who plays this from time to time. There are multiple YouTube videos showing him playing this. Here is one.

P.S. Another chess.com joke you might hear is a reference to the the "Botez Gambit". It is a joke about WFM Alexandra Botez, who drops her queen a lot.

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 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2? {The Bong-Cloud!}
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  • P.P.S. I was just thinking, and there is another such opening that we used to call "The Fred". It is just 1.f3, and 2.Kf2 (or f6 and Kf7 for black). – PhishMaster Dec 8 '19 at 16:12
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    Of course, advanced players will know the correct tactical response to this opening: 2... Ke7!! – Quintec Dec 9 '19 at 1:18
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    -1: It's completely unacceptable to explain Bongcloud without bringing up the definitive guide, "Winning with the Bongcloud" by BM Andrew Fabbro published in 2010. (It also mentions the alleged origin of its name, Lenny_Bongcloud.) Also the Botez gambit is irrelevant to the answer, which should be removed. – user17931 Dec 9 '19 at 8:28
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    @Voile just wondering how you managed to downvote this, since your rep is below the limit. Does this site have different rules? – polfosol Dec 9 '19 at 9:48
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    @polfosol When you don't have the 125 rep, the downvote is registered, but it does not really do anything. It is more to make him feel good. – PhishMaster Dec 9 '19 at 11:33

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