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Edgar Colle
Number of games in database: 370
Years covered: 1921 to 1931
Overall record: +134 -137 =97 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (88) 
    D05 A46 D04 D02 D00
 King's Indian (15) 
    E94 E60 E67 E91 E76
 Slav (9) 
    D12 D10 D11
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D67 D69 D50 D64 D58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D06
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A22 A20 A25 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (32) 
    B02 B03 B05
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E23 E34 E38 E27
 Sicilian (22) 
    B20 B83 B29 B25 B30
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E16 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 A46 A45 A50 D01
 Chigorin Defense (11) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Colle vs J J G Delvaux, 1929 1-0
   Colle vs Gruenfeld, 1926 1-0
   Colle vs J O'Hanlon, 1930 1-0
   Colle vs Euwe, 1924 1-0
   Colle vs V Berger, 1928 1-0
   Spielmann vs Colle, 1928 0-1
   Colle vs Bogoljubov, 1930 1-0
   Colle vs Stoltz, 1931 1-0
   Colle vs Gruenfeld, 1929 1-0
   Colle vs Rubinstein, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   Scarborough (1930)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   Hastings 1927/28 (1927)
   Frankfurt (1930)
   Liege (1930)
   Berlin (1926)
   London (1927)
   Budapest (1929)
   San Remo (1930)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Colle's chess masterpieces by Fred Reinfeld by nikolaas
   Homage to Colle by chocobonbon
   colle & related systems by gmlisowitz
   Zort's Edgard Colle collection by Zorts
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar
   Alapin - Bird - Colle // The Players by fredthebear
   Budapest 1929 by Tabanus
   ninja007's favorite games by ninja007
   Liege 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Frankfurt 1930 by suenteus po 147
   rookington's Colle by rookington
   Hastings 1923/24 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-18-1897, died Apr-20-1932, 34 years old) Belgium

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Edgar(d) Colle was born in Ghent, Belgium. He won the Belgian championship in 1922, 1924 and 1926-1929. His international breakthrough was in Scheveningen 1923 ahead of, among others, Euwe. In 1924, he came third in the unofficial Paris Olympiad.

In 1926, Colle enjoyed perhaps his best year. He won in Amsterdam (ahead of Tartakower and Euwe) and in Merano (ahead of Spielmann, Tartakower, and Yates). Apart of these successes, he also managed to finish second in Weston Super-Mare. Afterwards, he participated in many international tournaments, with victories at Scarborough 1927, Hastings 1928/29, and Scarborough 1930.

His health was not as good as his results; he survived three difficult operations for a gastric ulcer, only to die as a result of the fourth. He is most known for the Colle Opening: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3.

Wikipedia article: Edgard Colle

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 370  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Colle vs N Borukhovich 1-030 1921 Belgium chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Koltanowski vs Colle 1-030 1922 ch BELA03 Bird's Opening
3. Colle vs Koltanowski 0-171 1923 ch BELE60 King's Indian Defense
4. Koltanowski vs Colle  1-050 1923 ch BELA10 English
5. G Oskam vs Colle 0-124 1923 International amateur tournamentB20 Sicilian
6. Koltanowski vs Colle  ½-½29 1923 rapid playA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Koltanowski vs Colle 1-041 1923 rapid playA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
8. Duchamp vs Colle 1-032 1923 BrusselsA53 Old Indian
9. A Speijer vs Colle ½-½52 1923 Scheveningen NEDE61 King's Indian
10. Colle vs G Oskam  1-026 1923 Scheveningen NEDD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. J Davidson vs Colle  0-154 1923 ScheveningenA53 Old Indian
12. Colle vs Euwe 1-029 1923 ScheveningenA48 King's Indian
13. G Fontein vs Colle 0-142 1923 ScheveningenA53 Old Indian
14. Colle vs Loman ½-½20 1923 NEDD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. E Straat vs Colle 0-170 1923 ScheveningenB58 Sicilian
16. Colle vs Olland 1-024 1923 ScheveningenA22 English
17. W Fick vs Colle  1-043 1923 NEDB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Colle vs Weenink 1-022 1923 ScheveningenA22 English
19. Colle vs Yates ½-½46 1923 Hastings 1923/24E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
20. H E Price vs Colle  0-129 1923 Hastings 1923/24A46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Norman vs Colle  0-149 1923 Hastings 1923/24A53 Old Indian
22. Colle vs Maroczy  ½-½35 1923 Hastings 1923/24D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Colle vs J Mieses  1-049 1923 Hastings 1923/24A25 English
24. Colle vs Gruenfeld 0-145 1924 MeranoE60 King's Indian Defense
25. Przepiorka vs Colle  1-057 1924 Hastings-B 2425D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 370  PGN Download
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  Phony Benoni: In response to earlier questions about Colle's death: he suffered from a gastric ulcer and died after undergoing a fourth operation for the condition.
Aug-03-10  mrandersson: What do people use the most on here. either c3 or b3 with the bishop on b2? I like either system and i think the colle is a good opening my self.
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  Eric Schiller: b3 always! My book The Rubinstein Attack is filled with exciting games. Many strong players use it, few use c3.
Jan-14-12  einherjar: Colle is a fine opening indeed.
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  FSR: Isn't his first name Edgard?
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  Phony Benoni: Could be. Jeremy Gaige's "Chess Personalia", generally considered accurate for this sort of information, uses <Edgar>, but Edward Winter uses <Edgard>. I don't think Winter would deviate from Gaige without good reason..

It might be an English vs. European difference. Any Colle or Belgian experts out there?

Dec-30-12  Karpova: I don't have the book but whoever does - Winter's <A Chess Omnibus> (Russell Enterprises, 2003) and look up <348> - with more information on the forename.
Dec-30-12  IndigoViolet: <Although virtually all chess reference books put Edgar, almost all contemporary sources had Edgard. The latter was also the spelling on his gravestone (see page 37 of <Histoire des maitres belges> by M.Wasnair and M.Jadoul). It was, moreover, the way he signed his name alongside the photograph in the booklet <Le match Colle-Koltanowski>, published in Brussels in 1926.>

From C.N. 2382.

Dec-30-12  thomastonk: There is a chess academy "Edgard Colle" in his hometome Ghent.

He is probably not the only Edgard who lost here and there the final letter. Another one is the composer Varèse. BTW, who knows Varèse's relation to chess?

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  brankat: R.I.P. master Colle.
May-18-13  backrank: Reinfeld's book on Colle is rather good:

Game Collection: Colle's chess masterpieces by Fred Reinfeld

Maybe it's still the only book on this remarkable attacking player?

Premium Chessgames Member Chernev's book "Logical Chess Move by Move" has a number of Colle System games. The potential of the Colle System is well explained in it.
May-18-13  waustad: I had a dedicated chess computer board many years ago and could draw it consistently by playing the Colle system. It probably had a Z80 as the CPU to give a notion of how long ago it was.
Oct-03-13  Karpova: Beat Georges Koltanowski in a match in Belgium +4 -0 =3 according to p. 13 of the January 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'.
Nov-06-13  Karpova: Colle won the Brussels Championship 1924 with 10.5/12. Championship of Belgium was scheduled to begin on September 14.

From page 272 of the September 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-08-13  Karpova: Belgian Championship, September 14 to 16, 1924, in Brussles, double round-robin:

1. Colle 8.0
2. Tackels 6.5
3. Varlin 5.0
4. Lancel 4.0
5. Engel 3.5
6. Censer 3.0

Colle scored +7 -1 =2 (loss to Censer, draws against Tackels).

Koltanowski (no prolonged vacation from military) and Deevrese (business) should also have played but withdrew.

From pages 290-291 of the October 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  offramp: He would have been 117 today.
Oct-05-14  ljfyffe: The Colle hasn't got much of a bite to it.
Oct-27-14  ljfyffe: Seriously though, it's not that much of a dog:
<Zukertort-Colle Variation: 1d4 d5 2Nf3 e6 3e3 Nf6 4Bd3 c5 5b3 Nc6 60-0 Bd6 7Bb2> with a look to a king-side attack by White.
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  offramp: The extra D in Edgard was removed and placed in an urn along with the extra L from Vlastimil Hort. The whereabouts of the urn is a mystery.
Feb-21-15  Deus Ex Alekhina: It's in Greece. It is a Greek urn.
Feb-25-15  ljfyffe: <FSR> In French, the final "d" in Edward and Edgard is silent. You coud say <Deus Rx> that Colle is ode a letter because it was urned. His last name is sounded somewhat like the Lassie-type dog.
Feb-25-15  ljfyffe: Spelling error:<could> though the "l" is silent.
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  MissScarlett: Colle boasted a perfect 0-9 record against Alekhine, but managed to hold Capablanca to only 0-4. Before he could reach his full potential, tragically, he died.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edgar Colle.
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