The Most Underrated Chess Opening

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If you want to have a “simple to learn” chess opening that can give you a win as early as move 8, and also surprise your opponent by playing it, you’re going to love this.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will show you one of the most underrated chess openings that will help you beat even stronger opponents.

The opening is called the Colle System, also known as the Colle–Koltanowski System, which is a variation of the Queen’s Pawn Game and is characterised by a systematic development of White’s minor pieces to support a quick pawn move to the e4-square.

A lot of the chess players underestimate this system and none of the top GMs play it because it looks slightly passive. However, in reality, this opening has great potential with plenty of hidden attacking opportunities that almost no chess player is aware of.

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00:00 Chess opening to WIN in 8 moves
00:25 Happy New Year 2022!
01:39 Colle System: Do NOT underestimate
03:46 Evil trap humans almost can’t see
05:22 Tactical pattern: sacrifice on h7
07:45 Kingside Attack: The rook lift
10:03 Bring your queen to the attack
12:26 Can you find the best move?

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197 Comments

  1. Play colle a lot. Have most problems when black plays c4 and attacks my c3 bishop. Can move my bishop but hard to get rid of c4 pawn. C4 is blacks best move with his pawn on d5. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. So this is basically london system with delayed dark square bishop development. All tactics remain the same.

  3. Igor, My wife and I watch your videos for almost 10 years now and have purchased your fantastic courses. Thanks for making us much better at chess. Today she leaned over my shoulder while I was watching this video and I thought she was going to ask me a a technical chess question, but instead, she said, "how in the world does Igor seem to look younger every year? What's his secret? LMAO.

  4. I guess you could call this the sister opening of the white stonewall. I've used the stonewall on my last 2,000 games as white. With my humble 1300-1400 rating I've beaten players at 1700 level. Not often but wouldn't stand a prayer without it.

  5. On a side chess note. I saw Magnus Carlson play an online game a few months ago against a nobody. I think it was a three minute game. The opponent had a forced checkmate against Magnus and Magnus resigned. Lol. Without as much as blinking an eye, but with sincere props to his opponent, Magnus moved on to his next game. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE WHAT WAS GOING ON IN HIS OPPONENT'S HEAD WHEN MAGNUS RESIGNED ? For the rest of his life he can brag to anyone who wil listen and say; "I've beaten the world's chess champion, Magnus Carlson in a chess game!" Unreal !

  6. This is more of talking less moves…..

  7. Hmm!? Nice…good presentation…your voice fits the product…Thanks from a long playing Chess person…never to old to get New flavours.

  8. All well and adequate after 2…e6, but not really correct to describe this as a universal system. If Black proceeds with 2…g6, …Bg7, …0-0, the structure with e3, Bd3 and c3 is clearly sub-optimal. Proceeding instead with 3 e3, 4 c4 and 5 Be2, etc would be slightly more challenging but this is already a long way from a Colle (and surely not the way the average player should be working to improve their chess).

  9. In the discussion of the h7 sacrifice, you did not address what to do if the player sacrifices the queen and takes the knight.

  10. Black could play Bf8. But White could then play BxN, … BxQ, RxB and Black can't escape mate. Ng5 comes next followed by Rxh7 and Rh8 mate.

  11. When you prepare your repertoire, always consider moves derived on the basis of human logic, not all the time engine suggested moves only. Here in this video 8…b6 is the wrong continuation and on the basis of which the whole video stands. Engine suggests 8…e5 is the best reply for black and the position is drawish. But in practice, Black players of even 1800+ ratings having no early knowledge on this opening in almost all occasion should continue with moves like …b6 or …Bd7 and these type of moves should be there in your repertoire. Thanks Igor for your video.

  12. great video ! It looks similar to London opening

  13. Thank you I shall stick to this opening format 👍

  14. what if he/she/they attack the white bishop with their back pawn?

  15. I am not native in English speaking. I found it very difficult to understand what you are saying.

  16. And even if black pushes the c5 pawn to c4 attacking the white bishop, the bishop backs up to c2 and the same position is maintained.

  17. How is this better than the similar London system where your dark square bishop is trapped instead?

  18. At 5:08 after NxF6, what would happen if black took with the pawn instead of the queen?

  19. I play this before but just I realized how potent this is

  20. 12:28 Nh5… Now what?
    Move #5, Black Pc4…What next? You didn't cover so many variations. For example, most people are not playing black Pe6. They're playing Pe5, freeing their white squared Bishop to attack freely. It's stopping my Bishop from gaining the foothold on the d3. I get annihilated with this opening.

  21. I've come across the Colle when looking at the London System, but also interested in the modern version of the Colle, The Colle-Koltanowski System
    Something I've never looked at before (until now)

  22. This is only good enough against 1400 at the most

  23. The Colle works great as long as black castles king side. It's still a strong initial set up defensively, and you can win from here even if black stays in the center or castles queen side, but it results in a long, protracted battle.

  24. Not a good system for me, lost 30 of the last 40. And none of them ended up wih the same positions as you showed.

  25. Bf8 traps Queen but after Q×f8
    followed by B×N white has still strong attacking advantage for threatening R×h7 by placing N on e5, g4 or Ng5 &g4 so Bg5 is playable.

  26. It looks like a London but you forgot your Bishop.

  27. Is that your Cat asleep on the bookcase behind you, sir ???!

  28. What if black plays pawn c4 within 3 to 7 moves, displacing the white bishop what would the prognosis look like?

  29. Amazing system! What defense can Black offer?

  30. About your question: No! Thari is no more way in that position for us to checkmate blacks. Because our queen traped by blacks black bishop

  31. First time out . Checkmate on move 17. Exactly as you described. However I lost the next two . As my opponents made that opening impossible. This makes a case for having a repertoire instead of trying only one favourite play. But thank you for this addition to mine.

  32. what's the continuation if (@ 13:15) after white plays qd2, black simply pushes his h-pawn forward to h5? Q to g4+ ?? Then take the knight?

  33. Only 1 Bot Castled when I played this opening and I still lost. 🙁 How do you continue if they don't Castle??

  34. The first opening i learned from Gene Scott back in Chicago in the 90's– I'm not so much a fan these days..black has better moves that are shown- and even after some moves shown here black has this( 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bd3 d5 6. O-O Bd6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Re1 8… e5 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. e4 Ng4)). And white scores a horrible -0.40

  35. I just played this opening in an online game. I won in 12 moves

  36. This is great! BUT, What do you if your opponent does NOT castle? It seems that you are hung out to dry… this has happened to me

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