A good opening for a beginner to learn ...


I would like to recommend that a beginner learn the Colle. Its one of the easiest openings to learn, and if someone is really a "newbie," than it might give them a good chance to play against a better (i.e., more experienced) player ... and at least give them chances to win. 

I have written a detailed article on this opening, you can read it on the WCA website here


  • 3 years ago


    Nice and quite system. Interesting.

  • 4 years ago

    NM FLchessplayer

    Nonsense! You are guaranteeing that they could lose horribly ...

    The whole point of the Colle is that it allows a bare-bones beginner to play anyone, even an experienced player, a fairly good game.

  • 4 years ago


    beginers should opt Viena against other beginers.

  • 4 years ago

    NM FLchessplayer

    Of course, you can teach ANY opening system to a beginner ... the Ruy Lopez, in an extremely simplified setting, maybe the first 5 or 10 moves ... would be just one example. (And I have done the same with the Giuoco Piano, the Queen's Gambit, etc.) 

    HOWEVER ... my other main point was that, when I have done this, the true beginner gets slaughtered, even playing much lower-rated players. Yet the Colle seems to offer the perfect combination of simplicity, solidity, and adherence to basic opening ideas ... while at the same time, offering a real novice a chance to win. 

  • 4 years ago

    NM FLchessplayer

    <<The closest I can come for likewise recommending a universal system as Black is 1...c6 followed by 2...d5 but after that it is not simple.>>

    Very perceptive! However, if you are dealing with a beginner ... a TRUE beginner, maybe someone who just learned the moves a short time ago ... then you should stress basic principles and fast development. 

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