Bongcloud Opening Book


Here is a list of Variations within the Bongcloud System.  Feel free to lay claim to a variation if it has not already been taken.  The L is for Lenny Bongcloud.

*This list is current as of 7/20/11

L00-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2-Bongcloud

L01-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.d3 d5 4.f3-Fortress Variation

L02-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Qe1 Nxe4 4.Kd1-Bongcloud Gambit

L03-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Kf3-Outflank Variation

L04-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Ke3-Kamikaze Variation

L05-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Ke1-Bongcoward/Light-Weight/Yellow Variation

L06-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Kd3-Zigzag Attack

L08-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Ke1 Nxe4 4.Ke2-Bongcloud Piano

L09-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nc6-Hypermodern Bongcloud

L10-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nc6 3.Kf3-Classical Bongcloud

L11-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nc6 3.Ke3-Romantic Bongcloud

L12-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nc6 3.Kd3-Drunken Bongcloud

L13-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Nc6 3.Ke1-Homer Simpson Bongcloud

L14-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ne7-Alapin Variation

L15-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ne7 3.Nf4 Nc6 4.c4-Alapin Variation: Heerero bind

L16-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.g4 g5 4.Kf3-Marijanezy Bind

L17-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7-Bongcloud: Symmetrical Variation

L18-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.Ke1-Retreat Variation

L19-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.Kf3 Kd6-Bongcloud: hic2482w Queenside cloud

L20-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.Kf3 Kf6 4.Kf4 Kg6 5.Kg4 Kh6 6.Kh4-Bongwolke Nachahmung

L21-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 d5-Maid of the Mist

L22-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 d5 3.Ke3 dxe4 4.Kxe4 Nf6+ 5.Kxe5-Lone Gunslinger

L23-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 d5 3.Ke3 dxe4 4.Kxe4 Qd4+ 5.Kf3 Nf6-King's Head

L24-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 d5 3.Kf3 dxe4+ 4.Kg3-Speed Variation

L25-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3-Vowles Variation

L26-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 f5-Latvian Bongcloud

L27-1.e4 e5 2.Ke2 Bc5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5-Sigma/Yigor Variation

L28-1.e4 e5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2-Delayed Hic2482w Variation

L29-1.e4 e5 2.d3 d5 3.a4 Ke7 4.Ra3-Bongcloud Defense: Wing Attack

L30-1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke7-Bongwater Blunder

L31-1.e4 e5 2.Be2 f5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Kf1 Be6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Kg2-Royal Fianchetto Variation

L32-1.e4 e6 2.Ke2-Bongcloud Napoleon Attack

L33-1.e4 e6 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Ke3 Bc5-Bogo-Bongcloud

L34-1.e4 e6 2.Ke2 e5 3.Ke3 Ke7-Old Steinitz Bongcloud

L35-1.e4 b5 2.Ke2-Flying Trout Attack

L36-1.e4 b5 2.Ke2 c6 3.Kd3 Qb6 4.Nc3 Kd8-Flying Trout Attack: Polish Counterbong

L37-1.e4 b6 2.Ke2-Owen's Defense: Bongcloud Singing Owls Variation

L38-1.e4 c5 2.Ke2-King David Attack

L39-1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Qa5 3.d4 Kd8-Sicilian: Magic Dragon

L40-1.e4 c6 2.Ke2-Carokann: Mad Hatter's Attack

L41-1.e4 c6 2.Ke2 d5 3.Ke1-Puff-Puff Gambit

L42-1.e4 d5 2.Ke2-Scandinavian Defense: Cheese Danish Attack

L43-1.e4 d5 2.Ke2 Kd7-Scandinavian Defense: Raspberry Danish Counterattack

L44-1.e4 d5 2.Ke2 d4 3.g3 e5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.d3 Be6 7.Re1 Qd7 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Kf1 0-0-0 10.Kg1-Bongcloud: Swordofdama Nancy Variation

L45-1.e4 d6 2.Ke2-Pirc: Bongcloud Variation

L46-1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Ke2-Boncloud Creepers Variation

L47-1.e4 f5 2.Ke2-Fred: Bongcloud Chocolate Gambit

L48-1.e4 f5 2.Ke2 Kf7-Fred Randal Defense

L49-1.e4 g5 2.Ke2-Borg Defense: Bongcloud Stoned Game

L50-1.e4 g5 2.Ke2 Nf6 3.Ke3 Bh6+ 4.f4 0-0-Pauix Bongcaslte Defense

L51-1.e4 g6 2.Ke2-Modern Defense: Boncloud Purple Haze

L52-1.e4 Nc6 2.Ke2-Bogart Variation

L53-1.e4 Nf6 2.Ke2-Alekhine's Defense: Bongcloud 420 Variation

L54-1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd4 3.Ke2-Alekhine’s Defense: Chicken Variation

L55-1.e3 e5 2.Ke2-Mushroom Bongcloud

L56-1.e3 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.Ke1 Ke6-Magic Mushroom Variation

L57-1.e3 e5 2.Ke2 d6 3.Kd3 d5-Ricecake9 Burrito Attack

L58-1.e3 e5 Ke2 d5 Qe1-Concealed Battery Variation

L59-1.e3 e5 2.Qe2 Ke7 3.Kd1 Kd6 4.c3 Kc6 5.Kc2 Kb6 6.Kb3-Mirror Bongcloud

L60-1.e3 e5 2.Qf3 Ke7 3.Kd1 d5 4.c3 Ke6 5.Kc2 f5 6.b4 e4 7.Qd1 Bd6 8.a4 Qg5 9.Kb3-Flank Steak Bongcloud

L61-1.f4 d5 2.Kf2-Bongcloud: Flying Kite

L62-1.f4 d5 2.Kf2 Nf6 3.Ke1-Chills Variation

L63-1.f4 e5 2.Kf2-Bird: From Gambit-Fried Twinkie Attack

L64-1.f4 f5 2.d4 d5 3.Kf2-Double Duck: Quack Variation

L65-1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 d5 3.d3 Nf6 4.b3 Nc6 5.h3-Reefer Formation

L66-1.g4 d5 2.f4 c5 3.Kf2-Bongwinter Freeze

L67-1.g3 e5 2.e3 d5 3.Ke2-Bongcloud: Peace Pipe

L68-1.g3 e5 2.e3 d5 3.Ke2 c5 4.c3 f5 5.a3-Munchies System

L69-1.c4 c5 2.Qa4 Nc6 3.Kd1-English: Pseudo Bongcloud

L70-1.c4 d5 2.e4 f5 3.Ke2-Battle of England Defense: Bongcloud Attack

L71-1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Ne7 4.Kd2-Indian Bongcloud

L72-1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 Kd7-Anti-Rich Counter

L73-1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Kd7 5.e3 Kd6-Semi-Slav: Burnt Pizza Counterattack

L74-1.d4 e5 2.Kd2-England Gambit: Bongcloud Pepsi Gambit

L75-1.d4 e5 2.Kd2 Ke7-England Gambit: Mountain Dew Counter

L76-1.d4 f5 2.Kd2-Dutch: Apple Pie Attack/Cheese Variation

L77-1.d4 f5 2.Kd2 Kf7-Dutch: Apple Cobbler Counterattack

L78-1.d3 e5 2.Kd2-Bongcloud: Dragon King Complex

L79-1.d3 e5 2.Kd2 Nf6 3.g3-Dragon King of the North: Ao Shun

L80-1.d3 e5 2.Kd2 Nf6 3.b3-Dragon King of the South: Ao Qin

L81-1.d3 e5 2.Kd2 Nf6 3.Nc3-Dragon King of the East: Ao Guang

L82-1.d3 e5 2.Kd2 Nf6 3.Nf3-Dragon King of the West: Ao Run

L83-1.f4 d5 2.e3 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.Kf2-BMBK2 South Korean Bomb Shelter

L84-1.f3 g5 2.Kf2 f6 3.Kg3 Kf7-Respublica Populi Democratica Coreae glace lactis


You forgot:

L∞ - 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2 Nf6 3. Kf3 Black resigns in fear

Forced win every time. Cool


L64-1.e3 e5 Ke2 d5 Qe1-Concealed Battery Variation

L65-1.e4 e5 Ke2 Ke7 Kf3 Kf6 Kf4 Kg6 Kg4 Kh6 Kh4-Bongwolke Nachahmung (Imitation Bongcloud)


I will research on this opening and post more soon.


Conquistador, having gone this far I think you should go the final mile and write a book on the Bongcloud. A gap in the openings book market just begging to be filled


How about variations of Lil (Baby) Bongcloud 1.e3 e5 2.Ke2 ; Hammerschlag 1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 and Big Hammerschlag 1.f4 d5 2.Kf2 !?















Ah yeah, it seems that U have covered those awesome variations.Cool


i think you,ve been to long in the bongcloud


Ah, here were the ones I have been meaning to post earlier.

L66-1.e3 e5 2.Qe2 Ke7 3.Kd1 Kd6 4.c3 Kc6 5.Kc2 Kb6 6.Kb3-Mirror Bongcloud   NOTE:this version is very tactically sound as the queen on e2 prevents black's king from getting to a6

L41A-1.e3 e5 2.Ke2 Ke7 3.Ke1 Ke6-Magic Mushroom Variation

L67-1.e4 e5 2.Be2 f5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Kf1 Be6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Kg2-Royal Fianchetto Variation

L68-1.e4 e5 2.b3!! Nc6 3.Bb2!-Delayed Hic2482w Variation NOTE:Popularized by yours truly, in the last game here-

Annotations included.

L69-1.f3 g5 2.Kf2 f6 3.Kg3 Kf7-Respublica Populi Democratica Coreae glace lactis

NOTE:This Bongcloud variation was popularized in Rome around 1152. Hence, the translation is literally "North Korean Ice Cream" (from Latin), although it truly means "All Hail Rome as the Capital of the World".


More bongcloud variations to come!


what abt

L70 1. f4 ...2. e3 ...3.g3 ...4. Kf2

would that work? (South Korean Bomb Shelter)???


here i used it in this game (but the guy got discd and timed out)

would i hav won? +any tips on BC strategies?


Alas, you would have lost in rather short order Laughing:


Nonsense!  If black checkmates he loses the game. 

It is all about getting the king to the other side man.  White's king has superior position over black's.  +-




Apologies! Clearly I have not spent enough time at the bong to properly appreciate this opening


A beautiful game I played recently.


The rest to come in another post!


Are ya kidding me?!, White, when you use this opening, means you automatically loses the game. I don't know where the place in hell you'll gonna use this opening when you're White. I strongly recommended that you will NOT use this opening. Strongly recommended!. LOL


Okay, I don't have powerful engines but I just analyzed Bongcloud with Sigma at maximal strength and 10 plies. The standard Bongcloud 1.e2 e4 2.Qd2 is estimated at -0.89 for white, almost losing a pawn.Wink The main line is 2...Bc5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 :














Good news! It's estimated at only -0.67 for white.Laughing For me, the main question in Bongcloud is whether white can survive after that terrible blunder or penalty. I recall that in old games Bongcloud appeared sometimes as the penalty on the 2nd move when a player touches accidentally a piece that can not move!

It seems that the answer is positive for Bongcloud fans, white are able to recover slowly.Cool


Here's a game apparently from an actual over-the-board tournament:


And a game where black appears to be playing seriously: