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Alireza Firouzja vs Fabiano Caruana
Norway Chess (2020), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, Oct-07
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-20  SChesshevsky: Think this was the Armageddon game? But really impressed with Firouzja play in both games v. Caruana.

Feel this is good opening for white where he's probably always going to be better. Seems Firouzja does an excellent job of converting that advantage.

Kramnik mentions had same opening with white v. Gelfand at recent Legends online. Ended in a hard fought draw but I thought Kramnik better in the opening there too.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 4.dxc5 surprised me; never realized you could play that way in the Colle System.
Oct-09-20  fisayo123: <An Englishman> In the computer era, a lot of things are possible nowadays in chess.
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  PawnSac: < An Englishman: 4.dxc5 surprised me; never realized you could play that way in the Colle System. >

It surprised me too! I never realized when you play the QGA this way it could be called a "Colle" system!

Queen's Pawn Game (D04)

Although there are 22 Edgar Colle games in the CG database under this classification this is not yet a "colle". I've always understood the Colle as pawns on c3 d4 e3, with Nbd2 Nf3 Bd3 looking for e4 center break. This D04 system is simply a generic QUEEN'S PAWN GAME. But after the moves 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. b4 a5 6. c3 axb4 7. cxb4 I see it as a QGA with colors reversed and white with a move in hand. I'll explain:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 c6 5. axb5 cxb5 6. Qf3

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Anyone who has studied the QGA knows that b5 is a very inferior move. Trying to hold on to the gambit pawn is fool-hardy. Black's strategy should be to return the pawn and concentrate on development, and with the moves ..a6 and ..b5 he will "kick" the Bc4 and fianchetto the QB (Bc8 to Bb7) and direct his attention to the e4 square.

In the line above white has Qf3 because he has not yet played Nf3. But, if the move order is a little different, such as...

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. a4 c6 6. axb5 cxb5

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.. Qf3 is not available. Thus play continues with 7. b3

Now compare the following positions..
Alireza Firouzja vs Fabiano Caruana after 7...b6 :

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..and the inferior QGA after 7.b3

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So what we really have is a Queen's Gambit Accepted with the colors reversed, and NOT a Colle system.

Oct-09-20  SChesshevsky: <PawnSac:...So what we really have is a Queens Gambit Accepted with the colors reversed...>

By the cg database, doesn't look like much history with this line and maybe not much theory. At least yet.

Probably should give credit to player Joseph Redpath, who appeared to experiment with the ideas, especially Bb5+, almost 20 years ago.

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  OhioChessFan: <PS> a QGA with colors reversed is probably most accurate. It also evokes a bit of a 1...c5 Benoni.
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  perfidious: Appears to actually be a sort of Noteboom with reversed colours.
Oct-10-20  JohnDMaster: Perfidious is correct, my first thought was a reversed Noteboom, I found that to be a very clever idea by Alireza!
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  kenilworthian: Yes, it is very much like a "reversed Noteboom" and very interesting. It reminded me of David Rudel's book on what he called the Koltanowski Phoenix Attack, where he recommended a reversed Meran Semi-Slav, along the lines that Colle himself once played it (apparently inspired by Rubinstein's play at Merano that year): Colle vs Euwe, 1924

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