76 ( +1 | -1 ) The Colle Opening: Opinions RequiredDoes anyone have any thoughts about this system? I have been playing chess for about three months and I naturally gravitate towards opening with d4 as I enjoy positional play but The Queen's Gambit looks like a lot of work and is beyond my capabilities at this point (my ranking currently hovers around the 1300 mark but, in truth, that's a touch flattering and 1200 would be nearer the reality of my game). Is the Colle worthy of study? What are its strengths and weaknesses? I like the fact that it begins with quiet, methodical development before exploding aggressively into action - is it therefore the Jekyll/Hyde opening of my dreams? Thank you in advance to anyone who replies.
38 ( +1 | -1 ) I played it only one timein a serious game. I think this Opening isn't very popular today. But this fact makes it interesting. I've bought just one book about this opening. Usually I try to go French, Nimzoindian or Queens- indian with the black pieces. But one time somebody brings me on this path of Colle and I had to document myself about it. (sorry about my English.)
39 ( +1 | -1 ) The Colleis a very strong formation.White controls all the key central squares (with the exception of d5). He will be able to expand with e3-e4-e5. His Queen and Rook come into play naturally - the Rook at e1, the Queen at e2 or (in coordination with an attack on h7) at c2 . If White succeeds in advancing his e-pawn, the Queen Knight will end up on e4 or c4. There only is an issue where to put the Queen Bishop and Queen Rook
158 ( +1 | -1 ) My opinion on the Colle OpeningThese days especially at top level chess, this opening is employed only as a surprise weapon. Black, if playing accurately has no problem at all equailizing the position. Because of Colle's unaggresssive manouvering in the earliest stage of the opening, black is not forced to commit himself to the position where white should really be dictating the game. But then again, black without sound understanding on its positional subtleties would bare a psychological awkwardness, and sometimes this is enough to put him off the game. Since you are still at a club level competition, the Colle system is excellent enough as your preparatory opening since from my knowledge many players are still not familiar with this system. And for your choice of opening, you should take into consideration your own playing style. Does the opening suits your style? Example, if you like sharp and volatile positions where there are high probabilities of combinations, you can play like the style of Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. But then I again it seems you like a recoiling opening, I suggest you stick with the Colle and also study games like Capablanca and Karpov. One book I deeply recommend is "How Karpov wins". With this book you dont need much detailed studying of the complexities of an opening. Some says it is better to study endgames first before opening..I leave that to you. I hope I have filled you in. Visit my website e4chess.zzn.com
53 ( +1 | -1 ) The Colleisn't really a Reversed Queen's Gambit Declined, it's more like a Reversed Slav (or more accurately, a Reversed Semi-Slav). While the pure Colle isn't played very much today at a master or GM level, you could certainly use it with success at a 1200 level.
Also, there's been a recent resurgence of the Colle by transposition to obtain slightly favorable variations. Many GM openings today are arrived by transposition, and the Colle is one of the easier openings to transpose to (for example, after Black has played ...e6 or ...h6, etc.).