Month: September 2020

BONG-CLOUD OPENING

This is not a tadpole opening when playing chess. This is the opening of the Bong-Cloud, a kind of joke meant to give opponents a chance to win. 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2.
Someone plays it because he thinks he is much stronger than his opponent. That may be what GM Hikaru Nakamura had in mind when he faced his junior GM Jeffery Xiong in the last round of the 2020 Saint Louis Chess Club Blitz online tournament early this morning.
Nakamura is one of the chess players who play this opening from time to time. There are several YouTube videos showing it. However Jeffery was unable to punish his opponent. Even tend to look confused how to deal with it. The following is the party note.
GM Hikaru Nakamura (2900) – GM Jeffery Xiong (2724)

  1. e4 e5 2. Ke2 Nf6 3. d3 d5 4. Nd2 Nc6 5. c3 b6
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Behavior in a Tournament

You are supposed to know the rules before you play in a tournament. Nevertheless, it happens regularly that a player does something illegal. This may lead to a sanction.

Touch and move: If you touch a piece, you have to move it, except if it is impossible, of course. As long as your hand has not left the piece on a new square, it can be placed on any accessible square. From the moment, you let it go, it is played. If you don’t know this rule, it can be an expensive one. As an example, watch this game that went:

1. e4 – e5
2. e4xd5 – Qxd5

Then, white, by mistake, touched his king. That meant, he had to play it. The king could only move to e2, then black moved his queen to e4 and it was a checkmate. A very humiliating way to lose. So in … Read More