Alberto Chueca, FIDE Trainer & International Master 

Discover the most interesting chess tournaments to play. Read about my last performance in the tournaments that I’m playing or keep yourself informed about the top tournaments that are being played.

I like to share with all of you the experience I get playing tournaments. Additionally, keep you informed about the last novelties that appear in them.

Train hard to prepare properly the tournaments. All the players are training also.

And I like to recommend the tournaments that combine chess with other activities where you can enjoy after the games and are well organized. If you’ve got suggestions also they will be welcomed!

I hope you enjoy.

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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Find Awesome Chess Clubs Near You Easily to Play Chess in a Friendly Enviroment

What is a chess club?

Probably you are wondering how to find chess clubs near me, that’s the reason why you are here, we are going to go there in a minute.

First, we have to know exactly what a chess club is to know what we are looking for, because what exactly is a chess club?

A chess club is a chess center in which we can get into specifically to treat any concerns about chess-like playing, studying, or talking. A chess club for some is just like any other club to just spend a good time.

The reason … Read more

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06 Online Chess, Databases and Software ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The Charlotte Chess Center is Forming Chess Masters!

What Charlotte chess center aims for

Like other beautiful chess communities and teams, the charlotte chess center is a chess institution where you can learn and play chess. They have the great mission to make chess known for its benefits and precious nature.

They are willing to bring chess to your life with a positive influence on you. This is a pretty fun way to first get into the world of chess, the Charlotte chess center is the palace of chess!

This beautiful place excels for the great magnitude of the events and chess personalities that measure their strength here. … Read more

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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Learn how to get better chess results in tournaments!

Improving your tournaments’ chess results

Playing chess tournaments is a beautiful and challenging moment for us chess-lovers. The chess tournament player needs to have certain habits to get their chess results better.

To have good chess results in competitions we need a certain level of preparation. This preparation is following practices intended to train different points, like opening repertoire.

This may be important but is not essential, there are some techniques to train many points in a chess player. Some could be intended to sharpen the tactical vision, for example, others may be to reinforce our motivation or mindset to Read more

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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

3 Steps to Choose 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 choose 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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05 The ways to improve in chess ♟️
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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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

The FIDE Trainer

There’s a place for FIDE chess trainers

Much credit is given to professional chess players in this wonderful field of chess. We know of Grandmasters (historically and presently) like Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Magnus Carlsen. However, as there are FIDE Grandmasters, what if I told you that there are FIDE certified chess trainers? Being a FIDE trainer is much more than the chess coach who takes on students and charges an hourly fee. FIDE Trainers are specially certified, and we will discuss those details today!

The FIDE Chess Trainer — what is it?

There are several types of FIDE … Read more

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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Is chess a sport?

Is chess a sport? The hotly debated topic

People have opinions and are entitled to their own opinions, about whether chess should be categorized as a sport or not. Casual chess fans, or certainly people who don’t play chess, would not think of chess in the same realm of football, baseball, boxing, etc, and is “just a game”.

Although, chess enthusiasts and professionals can argue that their game requires lots of physical endurance, and are also like sports in that strategy is key, and every once in awhile, you get lucky!

The point of this article will not be to … Read more

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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

FIDE — What is it? A complete summary

What is FIDE?

FIDE stands for Fédération Internationale des Échecs, which essentially stands for “International Chess Federation”. To dive into this further, we should look into what is the definition of a federation. A federation is basically a union with a purpose under a governing body. That is essentially what it is. It’s a union of chess players and chess organizers, which all answers to one governing body, something we will cover later on in the article.

What does FIDE do?


FIDE is responsible for running many events for top players. FIDE also does a good job of getting … Read more

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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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07 Chess Tournaments ♟️
Alberto Chueca

Top Chess Players In The World – The Best 100

Top Chess Players In The World – The Best 100

Chess is by far the top intellectual game in the world. People who don’t play chess perceive chess players as “smart people”. And there is no doubt truth to that, chess requires critical thinking, decision making, memorization, etc. Therefore, we must salute and recognize the best chess players in the world. There are estimates that 600 million people worldwide play chess.

The top 100 chess players account for such a tiny percentage of players almost unfathomable. So let’s give these heroes their due, and count down the top … 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.
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.