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Advanced Bongcloud Theory

Advanced Bongcloud Theory

Now with more strong Bongcloud ideas!

The Bongcloud, an early Ke2 or Ke7, is maybe the most infamous opening in chess, but GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is here to show you when an early king advance makes sense.

  • How did Magnus Carlsen win with an early king move in a recent game?
  • How did Ian Nepomniachtchi use a Bongcloud strategy to win an amazingly complex game?
  • How did 14th world champion Vladimir Kramnik win a game where both sides played early king moves?
  • How did Hikaru Nakamura bongcloud before it was a meme?
  • What amazing bongcloud move did 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov play in one of his best games?

Kramnik's Double Bongcloud Game: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

GM Jon Ludvig Hammer begins his course on the notorious Bongcloud (an early Ke2) with a famous success story. Check out how world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, used a Bongcloud idea to win a brilliant game!
9 min
5 Challenges

Karpov's Brilliant Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

How did the 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov, use a Bongcloud move to defeat a top-level opponent? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is back to demonstrate this amazing game.
11 min
5 Challenges

An English Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

How does the Bongcloud pop up in one of the critical lines of the English Opening? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer brings you the details.
6 min
5 Challenges

Bongcloud In The London: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

The London is one of today's most popular openings. Jon Ludvig Hammer shows you how Bongcloud-style ideas can help you there as well.
9 min
5 Challenges

A Sharp Sicilian Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

Can you believe that there's a key Bongcloud idea in a key line of the Sicilian Defense? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer demonstrates how White's king plays a key role in the attacking setup.
10 min
5 Challenges

Hikaru's Original Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

GM Hikaru Nakamura is a hero of the Bongcloud. Check out one of his earliest opening king-walks, from way back in 2010.
15 min
5 Challenges

Magnus Carlsen's Recent Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

We know that Magnus Carlsen occasionally plays the Bongcloud as a joke. What happens when he plays Bongcloud ideas in serious games? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer demonstrates how Carlsen bongclouds for the win!
10 min
5 Challenges

Nepo's Bong Cloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

Ian Nepomniachtchi, the most recent title challenger knows his way around a Bongcloud. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer brings you this insane Bongcloud - Ponziani battle.
17 min
5 Challenges

Hammer's Own Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

How does GM Jon Ludvig Hammer play Bongcloud ideas in his own games? Check out his Nimzo Sicilian Bongcloud against GM Jacek Tomczak.
14 min
5 Challenges

A Scotch Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

When is it OK to sacrifice material and move your king in the opening? GM Hammer demonstrates a line of the Scotch where White can break all of the rules and get away with it.
10 min
5 Challenges

A Queen's Gambit Bongcloud: Advanced Bongcloud Theory

You might think of the Bongcloud as a modern idea, but GMs have been playing this Bongcloud idea in the Exchange Queen's Gambit since the 1980s. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer brings you the story.
11 min
5 Challenges

Advanced Bongcloud Theory

Openings
11 Lessons
122 Minutes
55 Challenges
Released November 2, 2021