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.