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)
- e4 e5 2. Ke2 Nf6 3. d3 d5 4. Nd2 Nc6 5. c3 b6 6. Qc2 Bb7 7. Ngf3 Qd7 8. b4 OOO 9. a3 Kb8 10. Bb2 g6 11. Ke1 Bh6 12. Rd1 Rhe8 13. Be2 Nh5 14. b5 Na5 15.
c4 Nf4 16. Bf1 dxc4 17. dxc4 f5 18. c5 fxe4 19. c6 Nxc6 20. bxc6 Bxc6 21. Nxe5 Nd3 + 22. Bxd3 exd3 23. Qc4 Bxg2 24. Rg1 Bb7 25. Qh4 Qf5 B 26. Qxh Q6e + 27. 28. Qe3 Qxh2 29. Kf1 Qh5 30. f3 Bc6 31. Qg5 Qh3 + 32. Kf2 Qh2 + 33. Rg2 Qd6 34. Re1 Rf8 35. Kg1 Rf5 36. Qe7 Qf4 37. Qd8 + Kb7 38. Qxd3 Rd5 39. Qe3 Qh4 40. Qf2 Qa4 41. Re3 Qd1 + 42. Qe1 Qa4 43. Rc3 Rh5 44. Rg4 Qa5 45. Qc1 Qe5 46. Nf1 Qe6 47. Rgc4 Bb5 48. Rxc7 + Ka6 49. a4 Be2 50. Re3 Rg5 + 51. Kf2 Qh3 52. Kxe2 1 -0
By the way, isn’t there a Bongcloud opening?