The Colle is definitely not an aggressive opening in the classical sense. If you like the positions that you get with the Colle, by all means, play it. D05 – Queen’s pawn game, Rubinstein (Colle-Zukertort) variation: 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3. Search the chess games database, download. I selected games played with the Colle-Zukertort System for you below from recent times, but just wins and losses to make it interesting. Study the various lines.

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Black could play some other move or even play his Knight to d7 instead, but this is the most common play.

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Chess Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled. And, in fact, a lot of the “anti-colle” systems out there prove quite vulnerable to those transitions. However, I understand that this is an openings DVD, and as such once White has gotten a substantial edge—usually well into the middle game—she wants to go on to the next game. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Black also has a difficult time defending his King because his space is all on the Q-side. Bd3 c5 do you play 5. If black is on top of things, the attack will never come to fruition, and black will get a good game after striking with c5. Zukertort Comments Excerpts Support Where? In the Sicilian as either coloryou can learn how to attack and defend – always useful. He has options as to where he puts his pieces, but the above pawn skeleton is more or less forced.


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Zukerfort with her manager, Paul Truong, she works tirelessly to promote chess and more specifically scholastic chess for girls, via her foundationher website http: Note this latter option is purely a practical-play consideration.

Obviously, you need something against the dutch 1. Do not attack too early. White’s pawn push to e4 slashes at empty space, while Black’s pieces are poised to undermine White’s centre and attack the queenside.

System openings like the Colle don’t really teach you how to play chess, they teach you how to play the Colle. Colle and Koltanowski each won many tournaments in the s and s.

Lakdawala covers both the zujertort lines and the more aggressive Colle-Zukertort Attack. The system is easy to learn and play but that won’t help you to improve. No beginners are able to memorize enough cutting-edge theory that anything past move 5-ish is likely to show up in their games.

Colle System

Thinking about it that way makes …Bd6 seem overly committal. You can see that game here on youtube. It’s just confusing, and inaccurate, in my view.

You can tell because people are playing all sorts of cole lines just to avoid this “passive” opening. In the write up to the excellent book Colle Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala, the promo blurb says, White typically builds on solid foundations before unleashing an attack on the enemy king.

The pawn on a3 may seem curious. On the contrary, the primary advice given to an improving chess player is NOT to stick to a particular class of opening, as though it “belongs” to you and you have some emotional attachment towards this.

Quick-Start Guide to the Colle Zukertort, a Chess Opening System for Players of Any Strength

Everyman PublishersLondon, Their chess brains aren’t developed enough yet. Folle Required, but never shown. Are there some other moves I could add to this to make my formation more robust? They are not aggressive at all, compared to the other stuff, which is why I have adopted it. The biggest downside to the Colle is this: Do not consider it a solid repertoire solution if you are playing an important game with someone about elo.


The Colle is only a one-trick pony if you play it that way. Stronger players who know what they are doing after dxc5 can ignore this.

On a scale ofLearn the Opening the Easy Way: However, you can still play the Colle System without feeling like you are already behind. Thus, Black typically will fianchetto his Q-Bishop to b7 playing Bd7 ends up causing a lot of problems for Black in general, see my video on the Zukertort on this page.

Zukrrtort Koltanowski is named after George Koltanowski who championed the c3-version of the Colle for over half a century. Ne5 here, leading to a very interesting attack after 8…cxd4 9.

Quiet Play can Frustrate Hypermodern Defense. It more or less allows White to complete his intended setup without any tactical concerns.

This signals that White is playing the Zukertort variation of the Colle System rather than the Koltanowski version. Now that Black has opened up his K-Bishop, this pawn is supported. The black king’s knight will be either exchanged off on e4, or driven away by the advance e4—e5.