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Georges Koltanowski vs Edgar Colle
"Young Kolt" (game of the day Oct-08-2014)
rapid play (1923), Brussels BEL
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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  willyfly: I got 71 points playing guess the move as white and I am stoked!!!
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  AugustAle: <I got 71 points playing guess the move as white and I am stoked!!!> Really Now, what good respectable sixtyoneyearold uses stoked in any context other than pyrotechnics?
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  davide2013: Who knows what "rapid play" meant in 1923.
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  al wazir: How does white win after 36...Rb8/Rd8 ?
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  Once: And they didn't play the colle? Somehow I am a little disappointed.
Oct-08-14  bcokugras: What if 16 ... g6?
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  Once: <bcokugras: What if 16 ... g6?>

Fritz thinks that there is not much to choose between g6 and f6 in this position. Both are scoring around +2.1.

As white is two pawns up at this point, what this suggests is that Fritz isn't seeing an immediate mate for either move. White's main advantage is his two pawns plus a smidge of extra space.

The end of the game bears this out. White wins by exchanging off all the pieces and then by pushing his queenside pawn majority.

I expect that the game would have ended with more or less the same outcome if black had defended with 16...g6 instead of 16...f6.

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  morfishine: I still have the copy of Chess Life (March 2000) with Koltanowski on the cover. Koltanowski was a perfect gentleman, a real credit to chess
Oct-08-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <Once>,

Colle was Black. :)

Seriously, at different times my opening of choice was Larsen's or Colle's, so I'm doubly stoked by this game. :)

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  mrknightly: I find it somewhat incongruous that the game, played in 1923, is labeled as a Nimzo-Larsen Attack, but Larsen wasn't born until 1935. Maybe it could have been called a Proto-Nimzo-Larsen Attack.(n.b.My tongue is in my cheek.)
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  Sihlous: 31.Rxg7 seems pretty easy to find...I did in a few seconds.
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  Once: <Cheapo by the Dozen> Koltanowski was also a Colle specialist ...

So when the two of them play each other, you really hope that one of them will play it!

Oct-08-14  goodevans: <Sihlous: 31.Rxg7 seems pretty easy to find...I did in a few seconds.>

Koltanowski also missed several earlier opportunities to double rooks on the 7th to good effect.

All-in-all these players are capable of much better and I wonder why a mediocre rapid game gets chosen for GOTD.

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  kevin86: I was hoping Koltanowski would have played the Colle system- he was in fact a better fan of the Colle than Lassie.
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  Sihlous: <goodevans> was down 2 pawns quickly with no compensation...Decided to play it out and sure enough lost easily.
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  ajile: <kevin86: I was hoping Koltanowski would have played the Colle system- he was in fact a better fan of the Colle than Lassie.>

Seriously how would Colle play against his own system as Black?

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  ajile: Actually here is a game but it has Colle as White.

Colle vs Koltanowski, 1929

Note that the Black setup with ..g6 and ..Bg7 takes away all the fun White tactics based on Bxh7 etc.

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  dzechiel: <davide2013: Who knows what "rapid play" meant in 1923.>

In those days they played a version called "Rapid Transit", where a bell in the room would strike every 10 seconds. All players in the tournament were required to make their moves in tandem with the bell. Reports from the time suggest that a good portion of the next player's turn was taken up complaining that the opponent had failed to move with their bell.

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  Once: I played a rapid transit tournament once. As you say, it gets very difficult when players make their move right on the edge of the sound.

In the tournament I played in, there was a machine making a buzzing noise. In theory you had to make your move by the time that each buzz had stopped.

Not an experiment I want to repeat.

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