About Alberto Chueca

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 :)

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How the King moves in chess

How does the King move in chess?

The King is the most special piece on the board. Learning how the King moves in chess is critical. In the simple sense that if the King is “captured”, the game is essentially over! It would be easy to describe the King’s functioning in a sentence or two… but it’s a very significant piece, so why not devote an entire article on how the King moves in chess? :)

chess king

The Chess King’s Looks

As you can see, the King simply a figure with a cross on top, to represent its royalty. The King … Read more

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How the Queen moves in chess

How does the Queen move in chess?

We all know the chess King is the most important chess piece on the board. But we also know the King is not the most valuable piece on the board as far as mobility goes. Who is the most valuable piece on the board? I present to you, the Queen! When we look at comparative piece value on the chessboard, the pawn = 1, Bishop and Knight = 3, Rook = 5, and Queen = 9. No wonder people make a fuss about losing their Queen! She is almost twice as valuable as … Read more

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How the Pawn moves in chess

How does the pawn move in chess?

“Pawns are the souls of chess”. These were the words of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. The pawns are extremely mysterious pieces. They seem so non-valuable, yet they have great potential. So to learn how the pawn moves in chess, as well as key strategies that pertain to them, are critical.

Compared to the Queen (9), Rook (5), Knight/Bishop (3), the pawn is only worth one material point. Three pawns make the value of a Knight. However, as we will delve into later, the pawns have far greater potential than what they … Read more

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How old is Chess? The history of this game

The history of chess

Chess is such an amazing game. There is no doubt about that. Part of what makes this game amazing is that as digitized it is right now (we are taking advantage of that during the pandemic), it is yet so ancient, and we have not even changed the rules in hundreds of years! Exactly how old is chess, who invented it and came up with the rules? Many chess players ask these questions, and we will do our best to answer them in the most satisfactory way possible!

How old is chess?

To be frank, … Read more

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Top 10 aggressive chess openings for black and whites

“Top 10 aggressive chess openings for black and whites”

 

Do you like open and dynamic positions? Are you a tactic and an aggressive player? This time we analyze what we consider  “Top 10 aggressive chess openings for black and whites”. There might be some other interesting attack variation we didn’t include here, but we can say for sure that these 10 openings have killer instincts. :)

 

King’s Indian Attack (KIA)

ECO A07-A08

This is a very nice and strong attack. Since the beginning, White is driving the pieces to the kingside, because at some point they get some … Read more

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The Best 10 Openings for Black

The Best 10 Openings for Black

In this post, I analyze a list of what I consider The Best 10 Openings for Black in chess. We will be highlighting the main variations of these lines, as well as commenting on the kind of positions we get with them, some insights, concepts, and typical plans, and we will talk about great players who used these variations.

I decided not to sort them, because I don’t consider one better than the other. All of them are good choices, and it’s a matter of like and style what you decide to play. Besides, … Read more

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The Best 10 Openings for White

The Best 10 Openings for White

In this post, I share a list of what I think are The Best 10 Openings for White. We will be analyzing the main variations of these lines, as well as commenting on the kind of positions we get with them, some insights, concepts and typical plans.

I decided not to sort them, because I don’t consider one better than the other. All of them are good choices, and it’s a matter of like and style what you decide to play. Besides, some of these openings are against Sicilian, others against King’s Pawn, etc., … Read more

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King’s Indian Defense In Chess – A Guideline

King’s Indian Defense In Chess

Now is my time to introduce to you, the King’s Indian Defense in chess!

As we all know, 1. d4 as the first move for White is getting very popular. It leads to a different type of game rather than 1. e4 which many players like. As Black, it can be a struggle to find a solid defense to 1. d4.

What if there was an opening, and I told you Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, and Bobby Fischer all used it? That would honestly be hard to pass up!

How to arrive at the King’s

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GM Norms in Chess – How to Produce Those to Titles

GM Norms in Chess

We’re going to talk later about the specifics of achieving IM norms in chess and GM norms in chess, which ultimately leads to how to reach GM in chess, however, we must understand that meeting the sole requirements are not simple at all. It takes a lot of practical work and effort, which we will talk about below

At all levels, we see the most accomplished chess players out there with fancy “titles” celebrating their accolades. The titles can include Candidate Master, National Master, FIDE Master, International Master, and the greatest achievement of all, GrandmasterRead more

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Sicilian Defense Opening In Chess

The Sicilian Defense Opening In Chess

If you’re looking for that type of exciting opening line, the Sicilian Defense Opening in chess may be perfect for you!

We all know that 1. e4 is one of the top moves we are taught as a beginner. We learn techniques, for example, to control the center, develop Nf3, Bc4, etc. When we teach beginners, we simulate Black doing the same; e5, Bc5, Nf6, etc… Doesn’t that sound pretty boring as Black?

Finding a Black opening repertoire can be a daunting challenge. As White, your play is easier, as you get the first … Read more

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