Alberto Chueca, FIDE Trainer & International Masterย 
I am International Master and Chess coach. I like to help people to improve their chess level. Starting teaching them the basic concepts and adding more complexity to every lesson. I have designed a special methodology to improve in chess which we are using in the lessons with very good results. If you are finding how to improve your chess level, I recommend you to check The Chueca Method to see how I work :)
Trompowsky Attack
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Alberto Chueca

Trompowsky Attack

Trompowsky Attack

In this post, we study a very good system to play as White: Trompowsky Attack (named after the Brazilian master: Octavio Trompowsky). This Opening is good for players who like to avoid too theoretical lines. In general, the middlegames are more or less balanced, but as Trompowsky Attack is not mainline, very often Black is not familiar with the positions and this could mean a small additional advantage for the first player, who, by the way, will know much better the subtleties of the positions.

We have Trompowsky Attack on the board after the moves

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5… Read more

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Alekhine's Defense
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Alekhine’s Defense

Alekhine’s Defense

Alekhine’s Defense is a sharp Chess Opening, named after the World Champion Alexander Alekhine, who played it for the first time at Budapest 1921. It is considered a good variation for aggressive attack players. One of the main characteristics of Alekhineโ€™s Defense is that it breaks the symmetry since move number 1, leading to unbalanced and dynamic positions.

We have Alekhine’s Defense on the board after the moves

1.e4 Nf6

The idea with this move Nf6 is to attack the central pawn, so, White is tempted now to advance it threatening the Knight. Also, the โ€œcโ€, โ€œdโ€ … Read more

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Grรผnfeld Defense
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Grรผnfeld Defense

Grรผnfeld Defense

 

In this post, we analyze an aggressive variation against Queenโ€™s Pawn: Grรผnfeld Defense. This is a sharp asymmetric line for aggressive players. Something interesting about this line is the fact that the Game of the Century, between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer (who was 13 years old at the moment of this game) in 1956 was a Grรผnfeld Defense by transposition.

It is not so good about Grรผnfeld Defense, that White can play so many different variations and sidelines more or less interesting and strong. However, the good news is that usually the general ideas for … Read more

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king's indian attack
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King’s Indian Attack

King’s Indian Attack

In this post, we will analyze a really special opening: Kingโ€™s Indian Attack. More than an opening variation, this is an interesting and easy to learn system for White. As it is stated in the name, the main goal is to create a powerful attack on the Kingside against the black King. In general, when Black knows the theory very well, they can manage to get a balanced middlegame, but the good news is that this does not happen very often among beginners or club players.

The name Kingโ€™s Indian Attack is related to Kingโ€™s Indian DefenseRead more

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scotch game
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Scotch Game

Do you want to learn a new opening as White and escape out of the too well-known routine of Ruy Lopez or Italian Game? Then you are on the right site. In this post, we are going to study the dynamic and interesting Scotch Game with White pieces.

 

 

This variation was very popular in the 19th Century. However, the best players in the world stopped playing it after about 1900, because Black was getting good positions more or less easily. But this has changed in the last decades after Garry Kasparov started playing it and found some … Read more

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benko gambit
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Alberto Chueca

Benko Gambit

Benko Gambit

One of the most popular openings in chess is Queenโ€™s Pawn. Obviously, we want to have something prepared to face it as Black. In this post, we are going to study an interesting variation to play against it: the dynamic and strong Benko Gambit (also commonly known as Volga Gambit). It appears on the board after the moves:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5

 

Great Masters who played Benko Gambit

Viswanathan Anand, Garry Kasparov, Veselin Topalov, and Mikhail Tal are World Champions who played this dynamic system.

 

Some theory and ideas in Benko Gambitย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย 

In this … Read more

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catalan opening
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Alberto Chueca

Catalan Opening

Catalan Opening

Today we are going to study a very famous and strong variation for White: Catalan Opening. The Best Masters in the World still play it very often, so, definitely, it is a pretty good opening, and at the same time it is an easy and interesting option for players wanting to improve. We are going to analyze and understand some theory, general plans and typical development squares for white pieces.

 

Great Masters who played Catalan Opening

Great Chess legends like Garry Kasparov, Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, and Viswanathan Anand played Catalan Opening in their Chess Careers, … Read more

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king's gambit
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Alberto Chueca

King’s Gambit

King’s Gambit

If you like adventures, Kingโ€™s Gambit is the Opening you need to play as White. In this variation, the first player is sacrificing a pawn in move number two. Usually, the middlegame will be sharp and dynamic. If you are an aggressive player who enjoys open positions, then you are on the right site.

This opening is rarely played among top masters nowadays. However, it is a very interesting option for beginners and club players.

 

Some theory and ideas in King’s Gambitย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย 

We have Kingโ€™s Gambit after the moves

1.e4 e5 2.f4!

The idea of this move … Read more

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Funny Chess jokes

Adding humor to this great game

Chess is such a serious game, and rightfully so. Can we incorporate chess jokes? We have to spend a lot of time practicing tactics, strategy, memorizing openings, and all sorts of things. However, it’s easy to forget that as serious as chess is, it’s supposed to be a fun activity! After all, we played chess in the first place because we enjoyed it, right? We had a good time!

Why are chess jokes so relatable?

Something about chess jokes just strikes with us, that they normally wouldn’t with other people, and other jokes don’t … Read more

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Lichess Puzzles Benefits, Is it for you?

The internet has so many great resources to practice puzzles. The key is finding a platform that you like, as well as an effective one. Remember, that the main point of puzzles is to give you practice positions. You determine what move or sequence of moves you would play if you were actually playing the game. It’s also great for recognizing common patterns.

With that out of the way, let’s make the judgment on if Lichess puzzles are good for you or not!

Signing up for a Lichess account

Generally, when you go to Lichess, if you have not created … Read more

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