Introduction:

The bongcloud is an opening where white or black makes a king move very early in the game. Conventional rules state that the king is to be castled in order for the king to get out of the center into safety. However, it will be shown that not only is this opening viable, but it is also one of the most underrated chess openings I have ever seen! This is no joke because I have played at least 12 games with this opening and have won 10 of them!


Opening: Where The Confusion Starts!

In the bongcloud, the second move white/black makes is a king move. Here, I make the second move with 2. Kd2

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This goes against all basic chess principles, right? Isn’t the king supposed to castle to get the king out of danger? This statement is true in 95% of cases but here, there is a special variation that I use called “the fortress”.

The fortress is a variation where if white/black plays the bongcloud, it is critical that the pawns are moved up 1 square in front of the king to serve as protection against enemy forces. This is what makes the bongcloud so underrated and how you can use this to your advantage! With black playing 7. Bd6, we can see that white is able to use the fortress method effectively after retreating the king with 8. Kc1.

After the fortress is complete, white transitions seamlessly into the middle game after the exchange of bishops.


Middle Game: The Danger of Open Files!

The middle game is all about having 1 plan and how that plan is going to be executed in attacking your opponent’s king. My plan as white is to use the power of the queen and rook together to take advantage of white’s completely wide open g-file. The middle game starts with white attacking my knight on f3 with 13. e4 in response to me playing 12. g5.

Black would not dare take my g5 pawn because it would give me 2 open files instead of just one!

Black made a big blunder with 16. Nb4?? which makes no sense since black can win 2 free pawns after knights are exchanged. Can you spot where I made a mistake?

When up material, follow the principles of trading as many pieces as possible to simplify your advantage which I did after a minor piece exchange with 19. Nxe6. Instead of 20. b5 by black, black would have been better of playing Qf5 attacking my weak d-pawn.

Black at least has a file to work with and that is the c-file. Instead of playing 23. Qc3, why didn’t black play Rac8? Comment below why you think black didn’t play this move.


Endgame: Where the Sum of All Blunders Kill!
The sum of all blunders is very apparent as black’s king is not only under attack but also has to deal with weak pawns and 2 wide open files. The biggest blunder by black that ends the game instantly is 28. dxe4?? which leaves black’s rook complete hanging!

In theory, I could have played 31. Rxa6 but instead attacked the queen first before taking the pawn.

Black tries some desperation in the center and it didn’t work. I moved my queen to the queenside with 33. Qc3 and black makes a mistake with 33. Rc8? which loses a pawn to 34. Rxg7+!

Black then resigned after I played 36. Qf5+ as black either loses his queen or gets checkmated.


Conclusion and Lessons Learned:

The bongcloud is an extremely viable opening that can win you many games as the opponent gets confused by why you would want to move your king so early. The confusion gives you the advantage if you use my fortress method which protects the king. When launching an attack, stick with the plan you want to create and don’t divert from it. Heavy pieces occupying open files will almost always prove deadly and impossible to defend against.

I hope you enjoyed this game involving the bongcloud which I will analyze in the next several posts. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to answer!

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