Colle Zukertort System | Great Opening to improve as a Chess player | Chess Lesson # 104

The Colle-Zukertort system is a great opening for you to get exposure to a new set of position types and learn Chess in general. It is easy to implement and offers a lot for both the tactical and the strategic player. In this lesson, more than just teaching you this great opening NM Robert Ramirez will teach you what you should look for when preparing any Chess opening. Enjoy!

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00:00 Intro
00:31 The Colle Zukertort can be both tactical and strategic
01:53 What to cover when preparing any Chess opening
04:49 Aggressive plan to attack the king
06:18 Opening moves for the Colle System
08:03 Typical pawn Structures in the Colle System
11:34 First Illustrative game with the Colle System
24:45 Second Illustrative game with the Colle System
30:35 Chess Psychology with the Colle System
31:57 Colle-Zukertort System with colors reversed
32:42 When Black plays Bf5

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  1. Colle System is a system, not an opening, right. Could / would you use it against KID or any other finacetto system of the opponent's dark squared bishop?

    I've tried it and it was a bit of a mess.

  2. What does white do if black plays a6 and then b5 , in a bid to play c4? Just played a game and the opponent (rated 1950, albeit on Lichess) crushed me. Once that d4 pawn is traded off the system falls apart and they can attack powerfully on the queenside

  3. Played 5 games with this opening today to learn it and won all 5. Enjoy this setup and the pleasant positions it gives going into the middle game. Thank you for the lesson. I have also adopted the Czech Pirc as my black opening now for last few months and really enjoy it as well. Love your teaching style.

  4. Can you do a video on the Colle Koltanowski variation with c3 instead of b3, please?

  5. Been trying this opening a lot in Blitz and one variation black uses is the "Anti Colle". (1.d4 d5, 2.Nf3 Nf6, 3.e3 then black plays Bf5.. blocking off the intended diagonal of the Colle bishop). From there, the main line seems to be Nh4, then black plays the bishop back to g6. Trading the pieces off leaves black with the open file for the rook on h8, and it can get untidy. Black cant castle easily, but white wont want to castle short either. Any tips? Do you avoid this trade?

  6. This channel is a diamond, I luckily made notes of every moves and suddenly I see drastic improvement in my chess performance, especially in that 10 min ones.

  7. Hi Robert. One issue with the Zukertort which I've been hit with repeatedly by black is f6 to get rid of my Knight on e5. Is the correct move to take their Knight on c6 (or d2) to maintain tempo or move to a safe square? Are there any pawn to f6 games for Zukertort that I could review? All that effort to get that Knight to e5 and then a simple pawn moves kicks out the Knight. In many cases the black rook is still on f8 so ignoring the f6 pawn push looks dangerous.

  8. When they defend your attack, all these moves can get really complicated to remember. They always adapt and make you change your plans. Maybe there's no perfect plan. I just know it's so easy to mess up at this stage. I just dunno how to see all these moves sometimes.

  9. Can you make a video on the Sicilian defense? I never know how to play it right. But I do win some games with it regardless.

  10. Sorry to all the other chess streamers….I’ve found a replacement

  11. Hi Robert. Would you recommend the book 'Zuke 'Em, The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized'?

  12. This channel feels like the best kept secret on chess youtube 🙂

  13. Watching this again lol. To the 6 people who disliked this video were forced to by an intruder otherwise it was a misclick. 🙂

  14. Hey Mr Robert I know it’s a lot to ask for but when I play d4, a lot of people play the Englund gambit or Dutch defense. Could you make a video on how to beat the defenses?

  15. Hi Robert. Can you please recommend some games which show the alternate Colle variation with c4 and dxc4 and Bxc4? You mention it but focus on the other variation. Thanks in advance.

  16. My opponent played 2…Bg4 after 1.d4 2.Nf3, which seems logical to us amateurs, Black wanting to free the light squared Bishop outside the pawn chain. Perhaps mistakenly I tried going for the same Colle set up, playing e3- putting my Knight into a pin on my Queen and on move 11, he broke in the center with …e5 and, long story short- all of my study of this opening went out the window for this game and I lost terribly- other factors were involved but I was disheartened at having to “play chess” from such an early position. Any suggestions? All the Colle videos I see shows the opponent playing a Queen side fianchetto, this is probably a common idea at higher level but I often see the Bishop developed before they play …e6

  17. The more I watch this lesson the more I love the colle!

  18. Any chance you might add a video about lines where black plays Bf5 or Bg4? That's where I run in to the most problems. Thanks for the great videos!

  19. Hi Coach, I just tried this opening in 2 of my games and in each instance, my opponent played Bg4 to pin my knight. I ignored it each time and they ended up taking my knight. I then delayed castling and it caused me some frustrations during the game. How do you handle the aggressive Bg4 move and should castling be a top priority vs setting up the fianchetto? Thoughts?

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  21. robert, thank you for making these lessons…chess didnt really "click" for me until i watched your videos. now i can actually use and understand these openings, thanks my friend.

  22. Thank you so much for the road map. I pray that God blesses you.

  23. Another crystal clear lesson from our Master Robert, how can we thank you NM Ramirez?

  24. Since you mentioned Zukertort, here's a nice trick that, according to Emanuel Lasker, goes back to Johannes Zukertort himself:
    I'm a pretty lousy chess player myself, and yet, I can play a blindfold game simultaneously against two of the world's strongest grandmasters, or even against the best chess engines, and I will never lose to both. Heck, I'll even be able to score a full point in both games combined.
    Any guesses how I can pull that feat off?

  25. I only now got to this lesson, thanks to your videos I moved up before from 900 to 1300 but there I got a bit stuck because of not finding my way with white. First three colle games won, this is working great!!

  26. Hi Robert, as always appreciating your videos very much. They are really bringing me to a higher level. Thank you! Playing the Colle Zukertort I ran it to trouble playing against the king’s Indian defense. Today I learned about changing into the Barry attack when facing Nf6 or g7. Do you play this and if so are you planning a video on it?

  27. Could you make a video about the other plan, pushing e4? (Instead of c4). It leads to interesting positions but it’s vague for me strategically.

  28. I hope this isn't a goofy question:

    I'm working through your videos systematically, like a course, and am back in the 70's or so. So, I am concentrating on the London system for white, as recommended at that point in the course.

    However, this Colle Zuckertort speaks to me a little bit more. So, my question is, ideally, would it be "okay" to jump ahead and start concentrating on it now? Or would you suggest a student get more experience and stick with the London until they reach this point in your series?

    Thanks so much!

  29. Really liking this system! I've mainly been using the opposite side castle idea with the London, but have been getting tripped up by my opponents recently. This Colle has been a fantastic addition and the 2 Bishops lined up looking at the King side then sliding the Queen over has made for some really nice attacks. I also like how, similar to your Pirc/KID set ups, you really can use it against virtually anything Black plays. I hope you do more on this system… I've been looking at some of the GM games and DAMN can you say double Bishop sacrifice ftw!!! Mind.. Blown!!!

  30. Loved this video! Please use a lighter font on the black background, I could barely read it 🙂

  31. Round 2 of the 2021 US Championship, Daniel Naroditsky as White played a Colle – Zukertort against Jeffery Xiong, using many of the ideas discussed in this video, and won a game with some insanely complicated positions, at least to me.

  32. It looks like the "Stone Wall Attack" with a fianchettoed queen bishop.

  33. what if white bishop goes to G4 and pin our knight?

  34. Good video on the topic man. I've played the CZ for years but via a 1. Nf3 2. b3 3. Bb2 move order. There's a lot of good info here, nice job

  35. I already commented but forgot to say, you and IM Andras Toth are the two most underrated guys on here for chess. Would be cool to see you two play a few games or something

  36. Another amazing lesson, thank you!
    Do you have any content in Spanish by any chance?

  37. JUst for a different view, can white move, Nh7 blacks knight can take or move say he takes h7
    Qxg6 + Kh8 white Q xh7 #

  38. great opening, great. Again, your training is over the top. May Jesus bless all that you do, Amen

  39. I am playing the colle and when black fancetos his king, how is the best way to attack, castle opposite and pawn storm… PLease advise.

  40. Why do I feel like if you play the KID this opening would be a nightmare 🙆🏽‍♂️😂😂

  41. Robert, I tend to improve my play a lot more by playing games that are at least 15 minutes + 10 per move. Blitz chess for me has a tendency to result in an increase in moving before thinking.. Thus, blitz promotes the bad habit of not visualizing or just thinking. I do play some ten minute games for speed in playing a game, but I am cogniIzant of an increase in mistakes.

  42. OMG I LOVE THIS CHANNEL I CANT STOP WATCHING now pirc is my main opening for black

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