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Colle System Guide

Colle System Guide

The Colle System is a chess opening for white that starts with the moves d4, Nf3, and e3. Since it is a system, it can be played against virtually anything that black decides to play. It is a simple, low-theory easy-to-play opening, perfect for amateur and club players who seek a straightforward chess opening that doesnít require much study or preparation. The Colle System is not usually seen at elite level, although is a perfectly sound opening that will serve you well.

Colle System moves

Main Ideas in the Colle System

One of the main ideas in the Colle System is to expand in the center with e4. Other ideas are to launch a kingside attack, and to develop the dark-squared bishop with a fianchetto on b2. The Colle System is solid and is almost always played in the same way. Thatís one of the reasons why it is so popular at club level, and why it is a good system to choose if what you are looking for is easy play and a more relaxed start of the game.

Most Played Moves in the Colle System

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6

Colle System moves

This is the most typical start to the Colle System, although there are many different ways it can be reached.

4.Bd3 c5

Colle System moves

While white keeps developing pieces, black decides to strike in the center with c5.

5.c3 Nc6

Colle System moves

White continues playing in a very passive but solid way.

6.Nbd2 Bd6

Colle System moves

White prepares the typical e4 move while black keeps developing pieces.

7.O-O O-O

Colle System moves

8.dxc5 Bxc5

Colle System moves

9.e4

Colle-Koltanowski System

The Colle-Koltanowski System is the same we just saw in the section above. This variation happens when white plays e3, Bd3, and c3. After the move 9.e4, that we saw earlier, play can continue with 9ÖQc7 10.Qe2 Bd6

Colle System moves

11.Re1 Ng4 12.h3 Nge5

Colle System moves

13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.exd5 exd5 15.Nf3

Colle System moves

Colle-Zukertort System

There is another way to play the Colle System that is with the dark-squared bishop on b2. This variation is called Colle-Zukertort System and usually goes like this:

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6

Colle System moves

4.Bd3 c5

Colle System moves

5.b3 Nc6

Colle System moves

6.O-O Bd6

Colle System moves

7.Bb2 O-O 8.Nbd2

Colle System moves

Model Games

Related Chess Courses

Win with Colle System with GM Miloje Ratkovic

Colle-Zukertort System for White with IM Marcin Sieciechowicz

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Overview

Games on Database: 12206
Last Played: Jul 2024
Overall score:
34.9% 31.7% 33.4%

Played frequently by:

White  
Edgard Colle 50 games
Carlos Enrique Guimard 47 games
Jozsef Harmatosi 42 games
Black  
Dawid Markelowicz Janowski 15 games
Mikhail Chigorin 13 games
Oleg Korneev 11 games

Possible continuations:

3... e6  4223
39.4 % 32.3 % 28.3 %
3... Bf5  1892
32.2 % 32.7 % 35.1 %
3... Bg4  1659
35.3 % 29.8 % 34.8 %
3... c5  1459
26.5 % 32.4 % 41.1 %
3... c6  1419
31.6 % 32.3 % 36.1 %
3... g6  1066
30.5 % 33.1 % 36.4 %
3... Nc6  208
57.7 % 19.2 % 23.1 %
3... Nbd7  130
40 % 29.2 % 30.8 %
3... a6  85
40 % 20 % 40 %
3... b6  38
36.8 % 31.6 % 31.6 %
3... h6  11
81.8 %
3... Ne4  8
87.5 %
3... Bd7  6
66.7 % 33.3 %