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Garry Kasparov does not approve of the double bongcloud: ‘I’m old fashioned’

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Earlier this year, at the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, current chess world champion Magnus Carlsen and grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura had a dead rubber match: both players needed a draw to qualify. Rather than pursuing traditional methods of drawing a match, both players decided to lean into the memes by playing an opening dubbed the Double Bongcloud.

I think the public wants to see something, to be entertained. And these kind of draws are not are not sending the right message.

There are various explanations for where the Bongcloud nomenclature came from, but it’s been around since at least the ’90s and seems inextricable from the rise of internet chess. There were rumours that…



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