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@Y-Draig: "Bear in mind that even Goldsby doesn't claim it's the best opening for beginners - just that it's the easiest to learn, and that it helps a beginner to lose more slowly against better players."
Fair enough and I accept your "apology". We all can be grumpy on any given day. And we all can be overly enthusiastic upon occasions. I suppose when making broad statements I should constantly remind that it is only my opinion. And as the (crude) saying goes, 'opinions are like arseholes-everyone has one'! Anyway, I still like the Colle this 'morning after'. Your mileage may or certainly will vary. In any event, I'd like to again point out that this thread was directed specifically at beginners, as was my post. Thus far I am not sure I have read any postings from other beginners. Obviously an International Master (such as see above) would have a quite different perspective. (It is difficult to place oneself back in time to when...isn't it?). Anyway, "good game" & a glass of wine with you all!
By the way, where are your websites?
Oh, that's right!~ You don't have any ... ... ...
??? that's the weirdest argument i've ever heard. I mean galvinator and whatupyodog at least give totally false arguments, but at least they're related. I fail to understand how having websites has got to do with anything.
lol time to read the odyssey, it's gonna pull my rating up. Time to study the greek gods and analyze the literary devices for my coursework lol. Now lets see....Athena, Posiedon, Aoelus...
*FIDE rating goes up by 500*
My point was - unlike this toxic nobody of an IM - I have gone to great lengths to help beginner's and lower-rated players learn the game.
Are you too slow to grasp such an obvious point? (Apparently.)
Must be that time of the month...
okay ... ive done some research and its called bird-opening lasker variation (A03)
Oh, that's right!~ You don't have any ... ... ...
You used this argument in an discussion about chess.You're very intelligent.
thanks for the help!
By the way, I have gotten many messages (here - I have quoted a few.) and many e-mails. All from near beginner players who thanked me for posting this thread and my article on the WCA website.
I blocked the troll, <Michael G>, I am truly not interested in ANYTHING he has to say, nor am I interested in the rantings of the toxic IM. (As far as I can tell, he has not written any books, made any websites, nor made any effort to truly help a beginner learn the game. His only area of excellence seems to be in his ability to harshly criticize others and calling Kasparov ... who might be the greatest player who ever lived ... "an ignorant patzer.")
But my original point remains vaild, the Colle is an easy system to learn and an excellent opening system to teach a beginner.
As for all the criticisms, they are meaningless and simply do not affect me, nor do they really strike me as being sincere ... mostly there seems to be a lot of trolling on this thread now. (I don't think I shall bother with it anymore.)
However, feel free to leave me a message or start a new thread. (Thanks.)
To be fair, you started the Thread and put forward the Colle as the "Easiest Opening to learn for beginners".
It was a thinly disguised way of (free) advertising your lessons on Chess.com.
Several Members disagreed with your views and expressed their own; this is what happens in a Forum!
In light of which, was it really necessary for you to be so caustic and nasty?
And yes, M-G is nothing more than a troll ... and I am beginning to think the same of you.
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
(See more here, or here.)
Sorry - you definitely fit the definition, above. OR ... "if the shoe fits, wear it."
exactly what I want to say but I didn't want to type it myself as I'll get reported (NM can't take your insults).
I'll have to take my chances, I guess. It's just hard for me to sit back and watch him treat so many people so shamefully - including some other (higher ranking) masters - just because his posts show up in a different colour.
The only thing I will post here (now) are copies of e-mails and/or messages from people thanking for this thead, my article on the WCA website, etc.
Thnak you to everyone that contributed something positive.
I don't think -- I know, from 40+ years of teaching bare-bones beginners -- that the Colle IS one of the easiest openings to learn ... and will help a near-beginner get to a halfway playable middlegame (even an endgame) better than many other openings.
My apologies if I seem to be stating the obvious ... but too many people tried to put words into my mouth ... many baited me, and I fell for it as well. (One million apologies for that.)
In summation ... for an absolute beginner ... nothing beats the Colle for the ease of use and the overall solidity of the opening.
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