Originally posted by Marc Benford
I was thinking of playing the Colle-Zukertort or the Colle-Koltanowski with white in bullet and possibly also in blitz (but in serious long games I don't play crap openings like that). That way I could premove the first 8-10 moves without losing any time.
I would like to know what you think about this. Is it a good idea?
I also hesitate n d4.
So can you recommend me another system to play as black?
Thanks in advance.
my man, you have come to Colle heaven, I dont play the Zuk myself, but the Koltanowski I play. The whole trick of the Colle is learning when it works and when to abandon it for something more dynamic. Against a Kingside fianchetto, you must abandon the Colle and play as you would against the Pirc. There are a few Karpov games which begin with e4 but end up with the same Colle formation. The regular Colle, has underwent some evolution and the main line is now termed the phoenix variation and its nothing more than a Meran with reversed colours. As black I play the Colle with reversed colours against d4, thats right baby, its termed the Semi Slav and there are some amazing Anand games. Against e4 I play the Caro Kaan which has the same formation, kind of, thus all my opening problems are solved, i just need to worry about the Bird and the English and laugh at the Polish opening and the Grob. Here is a couple of games I finished recently,
Greenpawns advice is sound, play what you understand and we shall ignore your irrational outburst against the Colle. Its not a crap opening, its an exceptionally good opening, if you know what you are doing, that is. Attempting to play the Colle on auto pilot is courting disaster, i think you had better look for something else, something that you trust and respect. I have yet to hear a valid reason yet why the Colle should be considered to be inferior. Is the Semi Slav or the Meran as played by the world champion considered inferior, no, then neither should the Colle be.