World champion Hikaru Nakamura
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

World champion: Hikaru Nakamura in Reykjavik

It seems that Reykjavik is a city that only Americans can conquer, since Hikaru Nakamura recently defeated the Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi in what was a luxurious and quite complicated final that managed to satisfy the chess world for the brilliant games exhibited by both players.

The match recalls the last world championship played in the city where Bobby Fischer would defeat Boris Spasski 50 years ago, and where only Americans can taste victory.

World Chess Championship Final 960 2022

Hikaru Nakamura would face a tough opponent, as is Nepomniachtchi, who in 2021 had already conquered the bronze medal Read more

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Understanding the openings
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Understanding the openings by Sam Collins: Wonderful book for opening preparation.

Nowadays there are thousands or millions of books related to openings, from complete repertoires to books specific to a single variation, but today's review is the book Understanding the Openings by Sam Collins.

A book that by now is quite old and you probably have not heard of, this is because it is not popular, however, this is a hidden gem and that from this moment on you should consider having in your chess library.

Understanding Sam Collins

Before talking about the book, let's know a little about the author of the book, since he is an International Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The Questionable Sodium Attack

Sodium Attack

The Sodium attack is one of those openings that will give you a lot to talk about, unfortunately not for good. The Sodium attack is a very weird opening that has rarely been playing and is interesting to see it.

Normally, we always keep the transparency first when analyzing opening, talking about the relativity of chess practically makes every move playable. This applies to chess between two kinds that barely know how to move the pieces.

But if you want to study the Sodium attack as an opening to use and get some advantage I would recommend you … Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The Interesting Pirc Defense!

The Pirc Defense

The Pirc Defense is a hyper-modern opening for black, which plays with interesting ideas, and plans. Many important grandmasters have used it, like Viktor Korchnoi against Bobby Fischer.

But what makes the Pirc defense special is the opportunities it gives to black to counterattack. The thing is that this opening is not an easy one, and black has to play smartly to win with it.

That is why today we will be looking at the main ideas and lines that you can use in the Pirc defense. The Pirc defense has a structure that is very solid … Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The Impressive Kadas Opening

Kadas opening

The Kadas opening is an interesting and very questionable opening that will surely make you cringe. The thing is that it breaks all of the opening principles in chess, already in move one!

But the Kadas opening is not simply a blunder, you have to know that chess is very relative, like everything in life. Many conditions take part in the game of chess, even the clock, which doesn’t even have to do with chess essentially.

The point is the Kadas opening starts with an objectively bad move with white, but is still not clear how black is … Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The Amazing Ware Opening!

The Ware opening

The ware opening is an interesting approach to the opening, one of those rare moves that we wouldn’t recommend to anyone. However, it has interesting ideas, and you might for them, even if you think the opening is simply bad.

The opening choice is something the chess players definitely gives too much attention to, but is interesting. This is what grandmasters sometimes take advantage from and play weird openings that will allow them to confuse their rivals.

It’s interesting that I am here telling you not to play the ware opening when a grandmaster like Magnus Carlsen … Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Play the Amazing Polish Opening

Polish opening

The polish opening is an interesting way to start the game with the white pieces, it offers many chances of winning. Is one of those openings that you have to be prepared for, they are very dangerous.

It will also surprise you with their weird lines and variations! But you can surely get many wins playing this against a lot of players. Even Magnus Carlsen has used this opening himself in some tournaments.

There are many ways to make your opponent go wrong. Also, this opening seems to go against the main principles of the opening. But actually, … Read more

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Play The Interesting Modern Defense!

Modern defense

Nowadays, simple systems with a lineal plan and development are getting more and more famous. You can see for example the London system, a very simple opening with a lot of poison. Today we will talk about modern defense.

The modern defense for black is one of the brand new ideas to counter white’s queen’s pawn in the opening.

It has shown to have a lot of potentials, being a defense similar to king’s Indian and Benoni with slight differences.  We could say that black’s modern defense plays with the same idea as these two openings.

But it … Read more

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02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Play The Unusual Bird Opening

The bird opening

The bird opening is an irregular opening that characterizes because of its weird move at the start of the game. You can learn the birds opening to surprise your opponent in the first stage.

It’s considered not to be the best option because there are other moves that may give more advantage to white. But it’s undeniable that the birds opening hides some nice ideas that can give you more than one win.

If your opponent is not well prepared to face the birds opening, you can be sure he will have a bad time. And there … Read more

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Opening Novelties
02 Chess openings ♟️
Alberto Chueca

June 2021 – Opening Novelties

In June, we witnessed some interesting opening novelties that we can’t help but lower our magnifying glasses on.

Last month, we had a look at Opening Novelties in May where we looked at some instructive games from the FIDE candidates tournament 2020.

This month, we will be analyzing games from Grand Chess Tour June 2021, The Prague Festival Masters, and Gelfand Challenge 2021.

  1. Caruana vs Wesley So, Grand Chess Tour, Paris Rapid and Blitz : Opening Novelties at Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense

  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. 0-0 Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7.
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