One of Caissa’s Brightest Stars!
Paperback, 272 pages, 2021 Russell Publishing
Mention the name “Colle,” and many if not most chessplayers think about an
opening that is both easy to play as well as one with dynamic potential.
Rarely is any thought given to the man himself. Plug the word “Colle” into
your favorite search engine, and, if you are lucky, you might find a
reprint of the slim 1936 book by Fred Reinfeld, Colle’s Chess Masterpieces
. Books on the Colle System – of which there are many – will be your main
However, Belgian master Edgard Colle is much more than a name connected to
an opening system. He was one of the most dynamic and active chess players
of the 1920s and early 1930s. Though his international career lasted barely
ten years, Colle played in more than 50 tournaments, as well as a dozen
matches. Moreover, he played exciting and beautiful chess, full of life,
vigor, imagination and creativity. As with such greats as Pillsbury and
Charousek, it was a tragedy for the game that his life was cut short, at
just age 34.
Author Taylor Kingston has examined hundreds of Colle’s games, in an effort
to understand his skills and style, his strengths and weaknesses, and
present an informed, balanced picture of him as a player. Colle emerges as
a courageous, audacious, and tenacious fighter, who transcended the
limitations his frail body imposed, to battle the giants of his day and
topple many of them. 110 of Colle’s best, most interesting, and
representative games have been given deep and exacting computer analysis.
This often revealed important aspects completely overlooked by earlier
annotators, and overturned their analytical verdicts. But the computer’s
iron logic is tempered always with a sympathetic understanding that Colle
played, in the best sense, a very human kind of chess.
Though not intended as a tutorial on the Colle System, the book of course
has many instructive examples of that opening. Additionally, there are
several memorial tributes, biographical information about many of Colle’s
opponents, his known tournament and match record, and all his available
We invite the reader to get acquainted with this wounded but valiant
warrior, whom Hans Kmoch called a “chess master with the body of a doomed
man and the spirit of an immortal hero.” You are invited to explore the
fascinating, fighting chess of one of the great tactical masters.
About the Author:
Taylor Kingston has been a chess enthusiast since his teens. His historical
articles have appeared in many chess journals, including Chess Life, New In
Chess, Inside Chess, and Kingpin. He is the editor of the recently released
Emanuel Lasker: A Reader. In this book, he combines history and analysis in
a new look at one of the early 20th century’s most variable but brightest