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.

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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king's gambit
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

King’s Gambit

King’s Gambit

If you like adventures, King’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 Gambit                                   

We have King’s Gambit after the moves

1.e4 e5 2.f4!

The idea of this move … Read more

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catalan opening
02 Chess openings ♟️
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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dutch defense
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Dutch Defense

Dutch Defense

Hi, everyone. If you are looking for a new and strong defense against Queen’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. … f5) is to control the center with a pawn. The drawback, compared to other first moves for Black like 1. … Nf6 or 1. … 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 ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Slav Defense

Slav Defense

Are you having trouble playing against Queen’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 Defense                 

When White plays 2.c4 Black has two main options: to accept the Gambit with dxc4 (Queen’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 ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Alapin Variation

Alapin Variation

Alapin Variation is considered one of the best and most solid systems White can play against Black’s first move 1. … c5. King’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, Dragon…

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 ♟️
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, White’s light squares Bishop is developed to c4, which is a very active square, targeting f7.

Some theory and ideas         

At this point, Black has two main options:

  • 3. … Nf6 Two
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The Top 10 Defensive Chess Openings for Black and White
02 Chess openings ♟️
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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Queen´s Gambit
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Queen’s Gambit

Queen’s Gambit

Have you ever heard or read about Queen’s Gambit? You think it is an interesting opening but you do not understand it very well and you are not sure how or where to start? Well, if that is your situation, then you are on the right site because in this post we are going to learn and understand from the very beginning how to play this strong variation.

1.d4 d5 2.c4

The idea with the second move c4 is to attack Black’s central pawn, and trade it for a Bishop pawn, which should be very convenient for … Read more

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