I'm a typical player who enjoys the 1. Nf3 opening as white in Atomic chess games. Today in an online Atomic chess tournament, I come across a player who played the 1... e5 response. As 1... f6 is the typical response here, and 1... e5 doesn't protect the G5 square, 2. Ng5 could be played. But since 3. Ng7 allows the black queen to escape to E7, or even worse to H4 and threaten an explosion at F2 on 2... f5 2. Ng5 doesn't seem to lead to anything effective. What should be played next?

[FEN ""]
[White "Attacker"]
[Black "Defender"]
[Variant "Atomic"]

1. Nf3 e5?!

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There is a very interesting website with opening theory from the very first moves of atomic chess : https://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~chess/atomic/

To answer your question, after : 1.Nf3 e5 ? 2.Cg5 f5 ! ( Qxg5 lose the queen and ...f6 3.Nf7 Qe7 4.Nd6+) 3.h4! (cover h4 square from the black queen) and then 3...c6 4.Nxh7! or 3....Bc5 4.d4 Bb6 5.Nf7 Qe7 6.Nd6 Kf8 7.Nxb7 both leads to massive destruction of Black camp.

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