The Amateur Touch

Early on I discovered the Colle Opening.  I soon ran into opponent preparation for the main variation that runs: 1. d4 d5  2. Nf3 Nf6  3. e3 and after 3…e6 4. Bd3 c5 changed from 5. c3 to the Colle-Zukertort variation where I found both Zukertort and Rubinstein adopting this fianchetto variation.  It can be reached in a variety of ways which gives it a bit of early mystery. The game collections of both players present a good number of examples. This system is part of the Killer book as is my chosen game where you will find excellent analysis of possible variations.

White:  GM Summerscale vs. Black:  Sadler

l. Nf3  d5  2. d4  e6  3. e3  Nf6  4. Bd3  c5 Will White follow the Colle proper or vary? That effects the time clock but also the uncertainty of the ultimate white plan of operations. The normal Colle now goes 5. c3 which had a reputation in my youth as a very strong attacking line with virtually no real weaknesses.

5. b3  Nc6  6. O-O  Bd6  7. Bb2  O-O  8. Nbd2  c:d4  9. e:d4  b6  10. a3  Bb7 11.  Re1   Bf4

This move is directed toward keeping White from getting his Knights to e5 and g5 squares with a dominant attacking formation.

12. Ne5  Rc8  13. Ndf3  Ne7  14. Qe2  Rc7  15. g3  Bh6  16. h4  g6  17. Ng5  Qc8  18. a4  Nf5  19. Qf3  Ne4  20.  N:e4  d:e4  21. B:e4  B:e4  22. Q:e4  R:c2  23. Nc4  R:b2  24. N:b2 Qc3! 25. Nd3  Q:b3 26. Ne5  Bd2  27. Reb1  Qc3  A very tough position where White now falters missing 28. Nc6 retaining the edge.

28. Rd1 N:e4 29. Ra2  f5 30. Qd3  Q:d3  31. N:d3  Bh6  32. Ne5 Rd8  33. Kg2 f4 ?! (Bg7=) 34. Nf3  e5  35. N:e5  f:g3  36. Nf3  Nc6  37. R:d8+N:d8  38. f:g3  Nb7  39. Nd4 Bf8  40. Nc6 a5  41. Ne5  Nd6  42. Rc2  b5  43. a:b5  N:b5  44. Rc8 Kg7 45. Ra8  Bd6  46. Nc4  Bb4  47. N:a5  Bc3  48. Nc4  Bf6  49. Rb8  Nd4  50. Rb7+ Kg8  51. Nd6 Be5  52. Nf7  Bf6  53. Nh6+ Kh8  54. Ng4  Bd8  55. Rd7  Bb6 56. Nf6 1-0.

What I enjoyed playing this variation in my youth was the ease of ideas flowing out of the first dozen moves regardless the possible continuations and how it fit into my square count theory. Overtheboard chess play was through Rochester Chess Club events mostly.

The development of the fianchetto concept in chess dates back to 1830s period with the great chess match between England and France (Staunton/ St.Amant) which I covered in earlier columns in their entirety.  Those games were played under harsh conditions and the spirit of those times was for wild play whereas both had played positional chess. Most writers of chess books did not think highly of those games, yet as Bobby Fischer noted were built on modern principles.















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