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Edgar Colle
Number of games in database: 357
Years covered: 1921 to 1931
Overall record: +134 -133 =88 (50.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (86) 
    D05 A46 D04 D02 D00
 King's Indian (12) 
    E91 E60 E67 E62 E76
 Slav (9) 
    D12 D11 D10
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D67 D69 D50 D63 D64
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D31 D30 D06 D38
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D48 D46 D45 D49
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (33) 
    B02 B03 B05
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E34 E32 E23 E22 E38
 Sicilian (22) 
    B83 B20 B30 B28 B25
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E16 E12 E14 E18 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 A46 A45 A50 D01
 Chigorin Defense (10) 
    D07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Colle vs Delvaux, 1929 1-0
   Colle vs J O'Hanlon, 1930 1-0
   Colle vs Gruenfeld, 1926 1-0
   Colle vs V Berger, 1928 1-0
   Colle vs Bogoljubov, 1930 1-0
   Colle vs Euwe, 1924 1-0
   Spielmann vs Colle, 1928 0-1
   Colle vs Gruenfeld, 1929 1-0
   Colle vs Rubinstein, 1931 1-0
   Colle vs Stoltz, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scarborough (1930)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   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
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar
   Zort's Edgard Colle collection by Zorts
   Budapest 1929 by Tabanus
   Liege 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Frankfurt 1930 by suenteus po 147
   99_Scarborough 1930 by whiteshark
   ninja007's favorite games by ninja007
   rookington's Colle by rookington
   Hastings 1928/29 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1926/27 by suenteus po 147

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EDGAR COLLE
(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 before a.o. Euwe. In 1924, he came third in the unofficial Paris Olympiad.

1926 was 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. This resulted in victories at Scarborough 1927, Hastings 1928/29, and Scarborough 1930.

His health was not as good as his results; he survived three difficult operations, 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 357  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 Euwe 1-029 1923 Scheveningen ,HCL 39A48 King's Indian
4. Colle vs Maroczy  ½-½35 1923 Hastings 1923/24D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Colle vs Koltanowski 0-171 1923 ch BELE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Colle vs Olland 1-024 1923 ScheveningenA22 English
7. G Oskam vs Colle 0-124 1923 International amateur tournamentB20 Sicilian
8. H E Price vs Colle  0-129 1923 Hastings 1923/24A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Koltanowski vs Colle  1-050 1923 ch BELA10 English
10. Colle vs G Oskam  1-026 1923 Scheveningen NEDD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. G Fontein vs Colle 0-142 1923 ScheveningenA53 Old Indian
12. Colle vs Weenink 1-022 1923 ScheveningenA22 English
13. Colle vs Yates ½-½46 1923 Hastings 1923/24E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
14. Koltanowski vs Colle  ½-½29 1923 rapid playA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. A Speijer vs Colle ½-½52 1923 Scheveningen NEDE61 King's Indian
16. J Davidson vs Colle  0-154 1923 ScheveningenA53 Old Indian
17. Colle vs Mieses  1-049 1923 Hastings 1923/24A25 English
18. Colle vs Loman  ½-½20 1923 NEDD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Duchamp vs Colle 1-032 1923 BrusselsA53 Old Indian
20. Koltanowski vs Colle 1-041 1923 rapid playA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
21. E Straat vs Colle 0-170 1923 ScheveningenB58 Sicilian
22. G Norman vs Colle  0-149 1923 Hastings 1923/24A53 Old Indian
23. W Fick vs Colle  1-043 1923 NEDB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. S Rosselli del Turco vs Colle  0-133 1924 ParisA48 King's Indian
25. Tarrasch vs Colle 1-039 1924 it Merano ItalyD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-18-09  Cees Verhagen: Thank you for your legacy.
May-18-09  YoungEd: <GrandpatzerSCL> asked this a couple of years ago, but does anyone know what specific ailment(s) Colle had? I used to have Reinfeld's book of Colle's best games, but it had no details--just a remembrance by Hans Kmoch saying that Colle was always wracked with pain.
May-18-09  myschkin: . . .

<@Ed> He had the operations because of <gastric ulcer>.

Addendum: Isn't his name Edgar<d> Colle?

May-18-09  YoungEd: Thanks, <myschkin>!
Jan-02-10  speedmerchant 49: Any opening can be deadly if played right. As a sportsman, you don't need the biggest gun to kill your opponent. All you need to perfect aim.
Jan-02-10  gezafan: The Colle is a good opening, especially at the club level.

There is nothing wrong with beginners using it but I do agree that at some point beginners should experiment with open games.

Jan-03-10  PierreTheLion: I adopted it specifically to get closed game experience. In my early stages, I might as well have had 1.e4 tattooed on my forehead. A book I saw advertised on this site linked to a cute youtube video where a girl tries to sell a lion sock puppet on the tactical chances afforded in the Colle. Through the looking glass we go!
May-18-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Aug-03-10
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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.
Dec-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Isn't his first name Edgard?
Dec-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

May-18-13  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?

May-18-13  dark.horse: 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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'

May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: He would have been 117 today.
Oct-05-14  ljfyffe: The Colle hasn't got much of a bite to it.
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