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Eugene Ernest Colman
Number of games in database: 22
Years covered: 1900 to 1933
Overall record: +7 -13 =2 (36.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-11-1878, died Jul-20-1964, 85 years old) United Kingdom

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 page 1 of 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E E Colman vs H Hilton  0-133190028th Oxford - Cambridge Varsity mC40 King's Knight Opening
2. E E Colman vs E R Perry  1-05619013rd Anglo-American universities cable mC67 Ruy Lopez
3. E E Colman vs Rotlewi  0-1351910Hauptturnier-AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Esser vs E E Colman  1-0321910Match 2B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. E E Colman vs Ed. Lasker  0-1451910Hauptturnier-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. E E Colman vs E Busch  0-1421910Hauptturnier-AC14 French, Classical
7. E E Colman vs Blackburne  ½-½261910British ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. F S Smith vs E E Colman  0-1461910British ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. E E Colman vs G Wainwright 0-1531910British ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
10. H E Atkins vs E E Colman  1-0481910British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. E E Colman vs J A Lewis  1-0451910British ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
12. Yates vs E E Colman  1-0331910British ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. E E Colman vs J Esser 1-0261910Match 1D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. E E Colman vs J Esser 1-0331910Match 2D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. J Esser vs E E Colman  0-1291910Match 2C66 Ruy Lopez
16. E E Colman vs J Esser  ½-½241910Match 2D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. E E Colman vs H Jacobs 1-0281911Tunbridge WellsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. E E Colman vs A Muffang  0-1581923MargateA84 Dutch
19. E E Colman vs Reti  0-1451923MargateA48 King's Indian
20. Gruenfeld vs E E Colman 1-0181923MargateD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
21. Sultan Khan vs E E Colman  1-0381933British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
22. E E Colman vs C H Alexander  0-1511933British ChampionshipB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Aug-09-11  nick77:
Aug-09-11  nick77:
Jul-20-13  wordfunph: a 365-page book on E.E. Colman by Olimpiu Urcan published by Talisman in 2007.

Surviving Changi - E.E. Colman, A Chess Biography

R.I.P. master Colman..

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  MissScarlett: <Surviving Changi - E.E. Colman, A Chess Biography>

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Dec-27-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Leonard Barden’s Chess Column:


It is rare for a chess opening to be named after a humble club player, but the <Colman Variation of the Two Knights Defense> commemorates a mental triumph over privation.

Eugene Colman was a club standard player in his 60s when he was captured at Singapore in 1942. He made his own chess set and spent his three years' Internment analysing the position after:

<1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Na5 6 Bb5+ c6 7 dxc6 bxc6 8 Qf3> which had become fashionable with the Idea that Qc7 9 Bd3 Be7 10 0-0 0-0 11 Bf5 gives White useful control of the light squares, rendering Black's earlier pawn sacrifice dubious.

Colman analysed <8... Rb8!?> with the point that <9 Bxc6+ Nxc6 10 Qxc6+ Nd7!> gives Black a strong attack for two pawns. The rook comes into effective action via b6. hitting the black queen, and then to g6 or h6 helping to attack White's castled king.

After the war Colman published his analyses in chess journals and took every opportunity to use his move In club and county matches.

I remember him in his late 70s, a gaunt figure with dark glasses, playing for Wimbledon In the London League Division I and still seeking a chance for 8... Rb8.

Years later, Boris Spassky found a different approach. He went 8... h6 9 Ne4 Nd5 10 Nbc3 (or 10 Ba4 Be7 11 0-0 0-0) cxb5 11 Nxd5 Bb7 12 Ne3 Qd7 and again Black has good compensation. And Colman's legacy is that nobody now risks 8 Qf3.

Source: Financial Times April 8/9 2000.


After Colman returned from Singapore, he lived in Wimbledon and was an member of the local Chess Club. <Coleman himself called his variation 'The Wimbledon Defense'>.

[Event "London League 1948/49 1st Division"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1948.??.??"]
[White "Ashcroft, A.W.J."]
[Black "Colman, Eugene Ernest"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C58"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Qf3 Rb8 9. Bxc6+ Nxc6 10. Qxc6+ Nd7 11. d3 Be7 12. Ne4 Rb6 13. Qa4 Bb7 14. f3 f5 15. Nf2 Rb4 16. Qa3 Re4+ 17. dxe4 Bxa3 18. Nxa3 fxe4 19. fxe4 O-O 20. Be3 Qa5+ 21. c3 Qa4 22. O-O Nf6 23. Bc5 Rc8 24. Bd6 Nxe4 25. Bxe5 Nd2 26. Bd4 Nxf1 27. Kxf1 Qc6 28. Bxa7 Re8 0-1


Dec-28-18  Cibator: <(Leonard Barden) I remember him in his late 70s, a gaunt figure with dark glasses, playing for Wimbledon In the London League Division I and still seeking a chance for 8... Rb8.>

According to Bruce Hayden, in "Cabbage Heads And Chess Kings", Colman's eyesight had been affected by his privations in Changi (no great surprise there), hence the dark glasses.

Another club-level amateur to have an opening variation named after him was Vernon Dilworth, whose line in the Open Ruy Lopez (C82) is still good for some shock value.

Jan-16-19  Jean Defuse: ...

A photograph of Eugene Ernest Colman (left) who played against George Edward Wainwright (right) in Oxford 1910:

Source with the game-score:


Olimpiu G. Urcan published the following spectacular game in 'Surviving Changi: E.E. Colman – A Chess Biography', on p. 243-244:

[Event "Kent & Sussex CCA Tournament"]
[Site "Tunbridge Wells"]
[Date "1911.04.??"]
[White "Colman, Eugene Ernest"]
[Black "Jacobs, Herbert Levi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D06"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nf6 6. d5 e6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. dxe6 Bxb5 9. exf7+ Ke7 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. Nc3 Bc6 12. Bg5 h6 13. O-O-O+ Kc8 14. Bh4 g5 15. e5 gxh4 16. exf6 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rh7 18. Rhe1 Rxf7 19. Re8+ Kc7 20. Rdd8 Rd7 21. Rc8+ Kd6 22. Ne4+ Kd5 23. Rxf8 b6 24. f7 Ke6 25. Rce8+ Re7 26. f4 Kd7 27. Nf6+ Ke6 28. Ng8 1-0

Source: Chess Amateur Aug. 1911, p. 334-335.

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Feb-06-22  Z free or die: Game play by Colman (President of Singapore Chess Club) vs Kostich (Serbian master) in 1926:


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