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Edgar Colle vs John James O'Hanlon
"The Year of the Dog" (game of the day Dec-31-2017)
Nice (1930), Nice FRA, rd 9, Feb-??
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: Not 16...Rxh5?? 17.Qd3+ Kh6 18.Nxf7 mate.

Or 17.Nxf7+ Kh7 18.Qc2+ Kg8 19.Nxd8 Bxe6 20.Nxe6 and White wins.

Or 19.Nxh8 Kxh8 20.Rxd4 and 21.h6, which should win for White.

If 19...Kh6, then 20.Qb3, threatening 21.Rxf6+ gxf6 22.Qf7 and 23.Qg6 mate.

Apr-18-06  Deefstes: This game confuses me! Apart from the weird Bishop sac, 17.Nxf7+, winning the Queen still looks stronger to me than the text line.
Sep-21-08  just a kid: <sneaky pete>17.Nxf7+ which I have read is also really good.
Sep-15-09  RandomVisitor: The critical line appears to be:

12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Ng5+ <Kg8> 14.Qh5 Qf6 15.Qh7+ Kf8 16.Ne4 Qe5 <17.f4> Qd5 18.c4 where it first appears that white can keep up some pressure on either 18...Qc6 or 18...Qa5, but the line 18...Qc6 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Qxg7 <Kd8> and now:

a) 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.Qxf7 Re7 23.Qg8+ Kc7 24.f5 e5 25.Bg5 b6! 26.Bxe7 Qxe7 27.Qe6 Qg7 28.f6 Qg5 and black has uncoiled and possibly has the initiative.

b) 21.Qxf7 with continuing pressure.


Drawing would be 17.cxd4 Qxh2+! 18.Qxh2 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Nf6 and now 20.Nxf6 gxf6 21.Bd2 goes nowhere.

Because of these outcomes, 12.Qxd4 or 12.Bc2 are solid and worth considering.

Sep-15-09  Marmot PFL: Often is seems 13...Kg6 is the best (or only) defense, but here f8 is available so Kg8 was correct, and probably would draw.
Sep-22-09  RandomVisitor: My complete analysis of the 12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Ng5+ <Kg8> line is posted here:
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  Domdaniel: A new book all about the Bxh7+ sac, Sacking the Citadel, examines this game all over again.

A review:

Feb-26-12  Gambit All: Great Game! The conceived double sac is a terrific attack.
Feb-27-16  luftforlife: <Marco65>: GM Dr. Reuben Fine analyzes the consequences of the alternative line stemming from 13. . . . Kg8 as follows:

"14. Qh5, Nf6; 15. Qxf7+, Kh8; 16. Re4, Nxe4; 17. Qh5+, Kg8; 18. Qh7+, Kf8; 19. Qh8+, Ke7; 20. Qxg7#."

Reuben Fine, The Middle Game in Chess (New York: David McKay Co. 1952, Tartan softcover reprint, September 1972), at 37 (notation converted, cumulative enumeration substituted).

Best to all, ~ lufty

Jun-03-16  andrea volponi: 14...Ce5!(gm mednis:??deep friz 14)-15 Txe5!Axe5-Dxf7+ Rh8-Dh5+ Rg8-b3!!
Aug-15-17  Christoforus Polacco: 19.... Kh6 is probably better - this is move like for perpetual check :) Off course 3 pawns advantage (or even rook after 21.N:h8) is enough to win for White. But anyway - IMO better is 17.N:f7++
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Guessing that 2018 will be the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar, and that Colle is pronounced "Collie."
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  GrahamClayton: The Colle System may look innocuous, but games like this show the bite that it has if Black plays carelessly.
Dec-31-17  thegoodanarchist: <Marco65: I submitted this game, hoping that some kibitzer can explain that bishop sacrifice to me.>

And after less than 13 years 2 months, it was accepted!

Dec-31-17  Ratt Boy: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Guessing that 2018 will be the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar, and that Colle is pronounced "Collie.">

Good morning!

Thank you for explaining the pun. I thought I'd read that he pronounced it "Coal", so I couldn't figure out the pun at all.

Dec-31-17  morfishine: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Guessing that 2018 will be the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar, and that Colle is pronounced "Collie."> While you are probably right regarding the submitters intent, for one, today is 12/31/2017 so its still the year of the rooster.

Also, the Chinese New Year officially begins February 16 2018, so we have 6 more weeks of crowing to put up with before transitioning into the Dog.

Conclusion: Sadly, again, someone forgot to do their due diligence. That sound you hear is the trash compactor reducing this one to a size that hopefully, we can no longer see

However, nice quality game very much worthy of being GOTD


Dec-31-17  nimh: 13...Kg6??!

Instead of tucking the king back into safety, he decides to bring it further out into the open... Is it somehow linked to psychology?

Dec-31-17  oolalimk1: Does GOTD mean "game of the dog"??
Dec-31-17  Cibator: My sleep-bleared eyes early today (NZ time) had the ECO code for this game looking like "Dog". Rather apt, given the pun!
Dec-31-17  birimbombum: D05=Dog! I like it!
Dec-31-17  morfishine: Where's old <posoo>?

His eloquent take on other's posts is treasured


Happy New Years everybody, including dear old <posoo> !


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  WannaBe: D09 look more dog than D05


Feb-06-19  jith1207: D05 looks like Dog in classic English font, as this one.
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  fredthebear: <Ratt Boy> was correct. The proper pronunciation is "Coal". Showman and writer Georges Koltanowski, Dean of American chess ( ) was a friend and fellow countryman of Edgar Colle. Koltanowski played the Colle Opening often, and has stated that "Coal" is correct. He certainly would know.

However, practically speaking in the USA, everybody and their dog says the mispronunciation "Collie". This is another case of "Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth." Barry Soetoro, anyone?

Jan-19-22  Mathematicar: Simply a great Greek game.
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