Alberto Chueca, FIDE Trainer & International Master 

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.

quality chess book
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Alberto Chueca

High-level Quality Chess Books to Become a Chess Machine

Choose high-quality chess books

Quality chess books are the oldest way to research or learn chess to dominate the practical tools the book is trying to teach you. There are tons of books of any kind about the topic you like, with great content that represents an artwork of creativeness.

Every book in the world deserves to be read, just because of the work that the authors put into it. It requires an incredible effort to put your ideas into words so others understand and ideas.

This is why I’d like to explain what I really mean by “quality … Read more

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Opening Novelties
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Alberto Chueca

January 2021 – Opening Novelties

January 2021 – Opening Novelties

In January 2021 there were some very interesting Opening Novelties. Today we analyze 4 interesting and beautiful new moves in the opening, which have been played by top masters. There were novelties in some high-level competitions, and we considered all of them. However, the four moves/games we found most amazing for this post are taken from the super-strong Tata Steel.

For the selection, we thought of the strength of the master who played it, the beauty of the move and the game, and how early in the game it was played (since it is … Read more

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Bogo-Indian Defense
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Bogo-Indian Defense

Bogo-Indian Defense

Bogo-Indian Defense is an interesting variation Black can play against Queen’s Pawn. It is named after the strong master Efim Bogoljubov. Since the beginning, the second player develops the pieces on the Kingside very quickly, and very often they can misplace some white minor piece on the Queenside.

We have Bogo-Indian Defense on the board after the moves

 

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+

 

This is the main position in the theory of Bogo-Indian Defense. When White plays 3.Nf3, they intend to avoid Nimzo-Indian Defense, since after 3.Nc3 Black can play 3 … Bb4, … Read more

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Réti Opening
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Réti Opening

Réti Opening

Réti Opening is a solid, flexible, and interesting system for White. It is named after the great master Richard Reti. Something good is that as this is not such a popular variation, very often Black does not know the theory and it could be confusing for the second player.

We have Réti Opening on the board after the moves

 

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4

Usually, this is followed by a Kingside Fianchetto, although, in general, it is said we are in Réti Opening when White plays Nf3 and c4 to face d5 by Black, and in the next moves … Read more

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Trompowsky Attack
02 Chess openings ♟️
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 Alekhine’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 “c”, “d” … Read more

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Grünfeld Defense
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Grünfeld Defense

Grünfeld Defense

 

In this post, we analyze an aggressive variation against Queen’s Pawn: Grünfeld 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 Grünfeld Defense by transposition.

It is not so good about Grünfeld 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: King’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 King’s Indian Attack is related to King’s Indian DefenseRead more

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scotch game
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

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
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Benko Gambit

Benko Gambit

One of the most popular openings in chess is Queen’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 Gambit                

In this … Read more

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Alberto is giving me step by step guidance on how to progress in chess. Because of his strong repertoire and game analysis support I was able to get an initial rating of 2148. My sincere thanks to my mentor Alberto who constantly supports me in my game analysis and helps me strengthen my game before going to the next rounds. He has a huge database of knowledge that caters to the beginner up to the master level. Thank you, Alberto, for being there throughout my chess journey.
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Vyom and Omya have been learning from Coach Alberto since they were USCF rated ~1500 & ~1000 respectively. Coach Alberto played a critical role in understanding Vyom’s weaknesses and helped him overcome them. He has been an exceptional chess coach with a lot of patience with my kids. He played an instrumental role in teaching them different openings for both black and white. He is always available to help/guide them. He helps to analyze the games and suggest good moves. Our kids are very comfortable with the teaching style of Coach Alberto. He being an active player also helps as he shares what he learns from his games and experience as well.

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