ColleZukertort System

Aleksandar Randjelovic

Colle-Zukertort System

Basic setup & plan to attack

In this video, for the first time, I got the opportunity to say something about Magnus's attitude towards his opponents, for which he is generally perceived either as a true gentleman or justified as a genius. While I can agree that he certainly possesses extraordinary intellectual and creative power, especially in our chess world, the way he is treated as a person is a strange phenomenon to me, to say the least.

However, that part is only related to the game model, in which 1. e3 can be found, taken as a possible way of underestimating the opponent. But the story was presented to the audience only to show that one could play the Colle-Zukertort system using a different order of moves, even starting with move 1. e3.

Here you can find the basic setup for White and Black and how White's attack usually develops. There is the typical Ne5, followed by f4 and the rook lift, but also the move Qf3 followed by Qh3, which is known from the Susan Polgar's opus.

This is not a system that can be taken from a pawn structure strategy perspective, as there is one unique structure, which later develops into a kingside attack by playing f2-f4 (possibly f4-f5 later). But the higher-level strategy is non-existent, as the game quickly takes a tactical turn after the opening. That's why I'd suggest it to those players of beginner/intermediate and club level. (In the beginning of the video I am mentioning that the system helped me to get my FIDE master title.)

Video is divided into the following themes:

  • Introduction: why to play the Colle-Zukertort?
  • How it can be reached?
  • Main features of the Colle-Zukertort
    (a) c2-pawn does not move (the reason is provided)
    (b) Ne5 and the attack starts
    (c) f2-f4 or Qf3-Qh3
    (d) in case black captures on e5, should it be recaptured with the d- or f-pawn?
    (e) best option for Black
    (f) the model game and "guess the move" moments
  • Takeaways/guidelines from the model game
  • The model game's background
  • Alternatives to get to the Colle-Zukertort
  • When we shouldn't use the System?

Let me know what you think, and feel free to leave your comment in the channel's comment section (thus you are helping it to reach more people).