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Edgar Colle vs William Albert Fairhurst
London (1927), London ENG, rd 4, Oct-13
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  1-0
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  nasmichael: I found this game while painfully reviewing one of my own games which I lost. I know the process is good for me, but there is no balm to replace the ache in my shoulder as I lift every piece again on the chess-road to my loss. It burns me.
Sep-27-13  senojes: This game after Black's 33...Rd2 was a puzzle position in my newspaper today. The clue was "White to play and win (4 moves - move 3 is a cracker). I saw the solution: 34... Rxf7 35. Re8+ Rf8 36. Qg8+ Rxg8 37. Rxg8# in less than a minute. But as can be seen above, Black did not play 34... Rxf7 but instead played 34... Ne2+ 35.Rxe2 Rd1+ 36.Kh2 Qd6+ 37.g3 and then resigned. Because interestingly the solution's winning line was about to happen: if 34... Rxf7 35. Re8+ Rf8 (Black can instead lose his Q by 35...Qf8 to avoid the immediate mate) 36. Qg8+ Rxg8 37. Rxg8#.

I had been thinking of playing the Colle System (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3) because I had been playing the London System as White (1. d4 Nf6 (or 1... d5) 2. Bf4) but I have been having problems with my QB on f4. The chess column that this game was in today was devoted to "the Belgian master Edgar Colle (1897-1932) ... a player of enormous combinational ability" and "The opening named after him, the Colle System ... a flexible opening which can be played against almost anything and is typically characterized by the moves [for White] d4, Nf3, e3, Nbd2, c3, Bd3. A common idea is the eventual move e4 to increase the potential of White's pieces".

So this column came at just the right time for me!

Sep-27-13  parisattack: <Senojes> There is a list of books on the Colle posted to my Forum.

I imagine Perth has changed since I was there in the 1980s...

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