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Edgar Colle vs Victor Berger
"Colle Flower" (game of the day May-03-2008)
Hastings (1928/29), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-27
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: What a great illustration of the Colle system by Mr. Colle himself.
Mar-18-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Back before I ever read an opening book or even knew what an Opening was,This is how I would open, it made the most sense to me as a beginner,but I changed to e4 at the advice of a mentor.I have a book by Soltis on this opening one of my first books,but I've never read it.I'm thinking about trying it out again for fun.
Apr-18-06  Deefstes: I'm actually starting to like Edward Colle.

I'm curious though, why would Colle have chosen to sac the Bishop (16.Bxh7+) before exchanging Bishop and Knight? It just seems to me that exchanging the Bishop and Knight first is more forcing. Am I missing something?

Aug-07-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: <Deffstes>Your move is good,but the text is the best per shredder 10 (16.Bxh7+)
Aug-07-07  paul1959: After 16 Bxf6 Bxf6 17 Bxh7+ Kf8! Black trheatens both Bxe5 and g6 with an unclear result. After Colle`s Bxh7+ , 16...Kf8 is followed by 17 Bd3 and White has won a pawn and keeps the attack .
Aug-09-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Yes the classic bishop sac,I wonder who was the first to do it.
May-03-08  Cibator: Black of course co-operated far too readily, with his passive opening play.
May-03-08  Guguni: 15...Bd7 looks like an obvious mistake to me bringing a quick defeat. Instead the black had a perfectly OK game by developing the bishop to b7 and exchanging the rooks later on.
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  al wazir: Black's resignation might have been a tad hasty: 20...Bg5 21. Qg6+ (21. Rh3+ Bh6 22. Qg6+ Kg8 23. Rxh6 Qxe5) Kg8 22. Qxg5 Bb5 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8.

I would have played on a few more moves.

May-03-08  RandomVisitor: white is threatening Rh3+ and after 20.Rd3 all black responses lead to mate in 6 or fewer moves (other than 20...Qc4, which drops the queen)
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  Jimfromprovidence: Either 12...h6 or 13...h6 looks perfectly OK for black.
May-03-08  Manic: <al wazir> You missed 20...Bg5 21.Rh3+ Bh6 22.Rxh6+ Kxh6 23.Qg6#
May-03-08  mistreaver: <Yes the classic bishop sac,I wonder who was the first to do it.> I think it was Greco who played Bxh7 sacrifice first.
May-03-08  DarthStapler: Or at least that was the first recorded instance of it
May-03-08  Knight to f6: Great game, though as usual the cooperation of the opponent was required for Colle to win. As soon as I saw that rook opposition I could see what was coming (however, I thought White would try to win the rook).

By the way, wasn't Berger an endgame composer?

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  kevin86: A run-of-the-mill BxP+ KxB N-N5+ ending (actually white employed a TWO bishop sac) and it worked well.

Just think-despite the feminine name,the Lassie dogs were all male-so couldn't they all be called :Collie-sons? (No relation to Nick Collison-NBA player).

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  playground player: Epitaph for the Polish General Staff, 1939: "It takes two to make a blitzkrieg."
May-03-08  ajile: I used to play this also when I first started playing chess. Black can equalize pretty easily though with accurate play. One idea is for Black to play g6 and Bg7 since many of White's attacking ideas hinge on the d3-h7 diagonal.
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  al wazir: <Manic: You missed 20...Bg5 21.Rh3+ Bh6 22.Rxh6+ Kxh6 23.Qg6#>

I guess the resignation was timely. Thanks.

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  patzer2: Well 16. Bxh7+! is a winning demolition sacrifice after 16. Bxh7+! Kxh7 17. Bxf6 Bxf6? 18. Qh5+! .

However, with the improvement 17...Be8!, Black, being only a pawn down, is not yet lost and has survival chances after 17...Be8 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 .

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