Learn new chess openings and discover the main ideas of them. You mustn’t memorize the moves.

I will show you how to understand them learning the main concepts of each one.

Additionally, I will suggest you the proper chess openings you should play according to your level.

Of course, all the openings are playable but depending on the time you’ve got to study them and the rating that you’ve got, there are openings that have got more theory than others and are harder to learn them properly.

If you’ve got suggestions about openings you can write to me and I will do an article about them to explain the pros and the contras.

I think this section can be very useful to learn properly how to start in chess. I hope you like it.

chess clock
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

3 Steps to Chose the best chess clock

The chess clock is one of the key pieces of equipment all serious chess players must own. This is the device that tracks how much time is remaining for both sides. Just like chess pieces and chess boards, the chess clock is not a device that we use and ignore. Chess players must be proud of the clock they have bought!

There are so many chess clocks to chose from! This article is not biased, so we will not tell you which one to buy, but we will point you to features that make or break someone’s decision to buy … Read more

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en passant
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

En Passant in chess — The unusual move!

When we learn how the chess pieces move, most of the piece movement is pretty straightforward. Each piece has certain rules assigned to them. However, there are a few special rules/exceptions that players should know about because they can come up. Castling is one of them. Another is En Passant. That is a special rule that applies to the pawn. It is so confusing, especially to kids. We will be discussing exactly what that rule is. But before we do that, let’s give a general refresher on the rules about the chess pawn.

En Passant in chess

How does the pawn move in chess?

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chess notation
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Alberto Chueca

Chess notation — You should write your moves!

Chess Notation: the recording of chess moves

Have you ever watched top-level chess, maybe got inspired by the players putting on a chess show? Did you ever notice how mindlessly they would move the chess piece, hit their clock, and write something down on a sheet of paper? And when you go do it at a tournament for the first time, it seemed easy when observing, but it’s pretty difficult in practice!

But what are the players writing on the sheet of paper, following the moving of the pieces, and the pushing of the chess clock? That is chess notation, … Read more

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strategy template
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

Chess strategy tips for beginners — Play better chess!

Maximize your chess using chess strategy

Do you know how the best chess players in the world win their games? It’s generally not hanging mate in ones or simple tactics. Although, miscalculations do happen every now and then. Generally, the top chess players are able to accumulate small advantages, and simply win games from there, making no mistakes. Magnus Carlsen is notorious for that style of play.

You even notice at 1600-1800 ELO, if neither side makes any major mistakes, the game may be decided by who makes the best strategic decisions. That takes patience, as chess strategy is not … Read more

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dutch defense
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

Dutch Defense

Dutch Defense

Hi, everyone. If you are looking for a new and strong defense against Queenโ€™s Pawn, then you are on the right site. In this post, we are going to study Dutch Defense, an interesting and sometimes dynamic variation.

1.d4 f5

 

The idea with this move (1. โ€ฆ f5) is to control the center with a pawn. The drawback, compared to other first moves for Black like 1. โ€ฆ Nf6 or 1. โ€ฆ d5 is that it is not developing any piece. However, Black is taking some really interesting space in the Kingside, which could be important in … Read more

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slav defense
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

Slav Defense

Slav Defense

Are you having trouble playing against Queenโ€™s Gambit? In this post, we will study a strong and popular variation against it: Slav Defense. This is a fantastic line, they play it in the Elite, but at the same time, it is a good option for beginners and club players.

We have Slav on the board after the moves:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6

Some theory and ideas in Slav Defenseย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย 

When White plays 2.c4 Black has two main options: to accept the Gambit with dxc4 (Queenโ€™s Gambit Accepted) or decline the Gambit by protecting the pawn on d5. … Read more

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sicilian defense: alapin variation
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

Alapin Variation

Alapin Variation

Alapin Variation is considered one of the best and most solid systems White can play against Blackโ€™s first move 1. โ€ฆ c5. Kingโ€™s Pawn players, face Sicilian Defense very often, and when White chooses the mainline, Open Sicilian with 2.Nf3 and 3.d4 later, Black has a set of sharp and strong lines, like Najdorf, Scheveningen, Pelikan, Kan, Dragonโ€ฆ

1.e4 c5 2.c3

But when White plays 2. c3, all those options are off the table for Black. The game is going to be slower and quieter, which in general is annoying for Sicilian players. Not so much theory is … Read more

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Italian Game
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

Italian Game

Italian Game

Italian Game is a strong, interesting, and easy to play and learn Opening for White. That is why it is very often recommended for beginners. At the same time, great masters play it very frequently in the Elite. In this post, we will analyze some theory, main plans, pawn structures, and typical squares for pieces.

1.e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4

This is the basic position, Whiteโ€™s light squares Bishop is developed to c4, which is a very active square, targeting f7.

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At this point, Black has two main options:

  • 3. โ€ฆ Nf6 Two
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The Top 10 Defensive Chess Openings for Black and White
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

The Top 10 Defensive Chess Openings for Black and White

The Top 10 Defensive Chess Openings for Black and White

 

Do you like to play quiet and solid positions? Do you prefer to avoid risky and open middlegames? In this article, we analyze The Top 10 Defensive Chess Openings for Black and White.

 

English

ECO A10-A39 (ECO is the Code for this line in the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings)

1.c4

This is a very solid and interesting system. The first player will improve the position step by step. There are some different ways to play English, but in general, the positions will be slow and with interesting maneuvers.… Read more

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chess quotes
02 Chess openings โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

5 Famous chess quotes of all time

Chess quotes in our chess culture

What is the purpose of quotes? Quotes help us to remember and signify things. They’re so iconic in our brain that they simply stick. We abide by all kinds of quotes in life, whether it be religion, good virtues, or simply everyday life. These chess quotes listed might seem cliche sometimes, however, they can be very powerful. They are so true!

We should try to live by some of these chess quotes, as they can be applicable to our chess games and chess habits, so open your ears and listen to the chess wisdom … Read more

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