Post by Sanny
GetClub Normal Level (2 min / move) vs IVAN (20 min / move)
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nf3 d5
3. e3 e6
Sanny, this is the well-known Colle System,
an opening I once played but gave up when I
discovered that Black can easily equalize by
regurgitating one row of moves from ECO,
BCO, MCO, or any of the innumerable other
"xCO"s, by rote.
Although successful against many lesser
players, I ran into trouble when I ventured to
play this opening against a Chicago area
master. He simply rattled off the main line
I later discovered was published /virtually
everywhere/, with the notable exception of
my Colle System book by Mr. Koltanowski,
from which I had learned the opening.
Once I was out of book in this completely
unfamiliar position, I was quickly torn to
pieces tactically by the master.
Still, I did have more than a few games in
which I managed to apply the lessons learn
-ed from "Kolty", and even one game in which
I had a then very young Mr. Finegold busted,
although I failed to win. The best part was
that by playing this zero-advantage opening,
I thereby avoided getting a huge disadvan-
tage, as had been usual for me. For the
first time, I discovered what it was like to
play the middlegame on equal terms-- not
from a position in which I was being
squashed like a chicken in the road.
Still, one could play the p-b3 line and thereby
avoid the long variation published in so many
openings encyclopedias, memorized by-rote
by innumerable book-monkeys, and which
takes all the fun out of playing this system.
However, I suspect that this too is ineffective
against reasonable defense; the problem is
that one is fianchettoing a Bishop which is
blocked by one's own center pawn.
And yet, I've seen the reverse system, the
Queen's Indian Defense, be quite effective
against some strong players; many games
show White fumbling for any advantage,
refusing to admit he has none whatsoever,
and then committing a tactical error in the
pursuit of justifying his previous play or
refusal to admit "no advantage to White".
One problem is the fact that lots of heavy
pieces /can/ get exchanged along the c-
file, leading to rather dull play.
Anyway, my money is on Ivan (again).
I'm betting that GC will get squashed like
a watermelon that is trampled by a bull
elephant, then ripped to shreds by an
angry Bengal tiger, and lastly, bitten re-
peatedly by a King Cobra.
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