Colle System

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    Who likes the Colle System?  Tell me why, post games with annotations if possible.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    I love the Colle. Just because you start off in that opening that does not mean you stay with it. The option to get out of the book during the game is always present.

    The option to attack the King side is my favorite reason. But the the heat on your opponent early. Diagonal lines to play as they can close one but another is open. If they manage to do that then open up files and the whole thing opens up much more than they wanted in the game.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6


    I haven’t played the Colle in quite a while, but I used it to good effect back when I was clueless about openings. It enabled me to get to the middle game without being a dead duck already!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7


    Post some games, please!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8


    Yep but recently ive been switching between the  Colle-Zuketort and the Catalan as to which will be my dominate opening.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    chessmaster102 wrote:

    Yep but recently ive been switching between the  Colle-Zuketort and the Catalan as to which will be my dominate opening.

    I use both also. Hard to stay which would give a dominate advantage. When i like be Strickly Business and start working on my opponents king i would try the CZ over Catalan. If i want to  work my opponent over systemtically i think i play the Catalan.

    It depends on your skill set also. Which favors your playing style.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10


    LewisSkolnick wrote:

    I was seriously considering buying Lakdawala's "Colle System: move by move" because I like the author. Is the opening worth learning at all?

    Im 1786 and I stull win good breakthrough games with it but I will admit the stronger my opposition got the more draws occured instead of wins from the opeing but I still rarely lose with it.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11


    I think it pays to know both the Zuketort and the Koltanowski  variations. It is a good opening to know as it cuts down on theory and enables you to focus your studies on more important areas such as tactics and endgames.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12


    I think the colle K is just bad. The colle Z is better, but still the bishop is often blocked in behind its pawn (though it does influence e5).

    The london and torre simply offer more chances at an attack imo.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13


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