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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First tactics book:
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Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
Carlsen’s book (excellent):
Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
100 endgames you must know:
Endgames book:
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  1. It is good to supplement this with a good repertoire for black playing the King's Indian and a good queen's gambit repertoire for it black plays Bf5 on move 2. Your opponent doesn't always make the moves you want them to.

  2. In the second game, I do not like it when my opponents play 5cxd followed by 6 Fb4, I find it very annoying.

  3. So what do you do when Black plays the Bishop to d6?

  4. Can I ask a questionIf you go for c4 variationis it okay to do Qc2

  5. Such an underrated opening!!! Makes me feel like Tal sacking like crazy in blitz games

  6. Hi again Robert can you tell me what is the best chess App to help me improve my chess level please

  7. Je ne sais pas pourquoi vraiment je trouve que les vidéos de Robert Ramirez sont limpides, stimulantes et tellement agréables à suivre… C'est la voix, le ton peut-être, en plus d'un contenu d'une grande qualité? Il n'empêche que le cavalier aurait été mieux en h7 à 22.40, non?

  8. How to find pgn in description to your video's sir? 😢I am confused, please help me out

  9. Dude Tomorrow is my tournament this helps very much thank you🎉😊

  10. When Black brings Nc6, I always prevent Black's attempt on my d3 bishop with an immediate pawn to a3. I'm only a third through your article, so apologies if covered.

  11. I can’t make up my mind on which version of the Colle to play. Any suggestions?

  12. Finally, a YouTube chess teacher who clearly explains the way to really learn an opening. Way too many players from beginner to club level think they should memorize a multitude of lines, only to become lost as soon as their opponent deviates from those lines. The method you describe is golden for all of us rated below 2000, or maybe even 2200: know the first few moves and the pawn structures and plans from there. Then just play chess. Thank you for this valuable insight.

  13. I have played thousands of games in this exact position. An early a3 for white is often needed if the black Knight is on c6, preventing Nb4 attacking whites bishop on d3. Black's most aggravating setup involves g6, Bg7, and 0-0. Studying the games of GMs Yusupov and Kovacevic are a good start.

  14. I've been casting around for a strong white side opening for awhile, and I have finally found it. Strong, relentless, subtle without complications. Very simply presented. Love it. Thank you

  15. Hi Robert, thanks for a great video. Is there any chance you could suggest a low theory response for white when black goes for a KID or Benoni setup?

  16. It's 12.01 AM in our country, by the way I am Lesson #59, but I am here to show us our love towards you.

  17. Thank you so much for this video I used to play the colle system but now I know a new variation that seems better. Everyone is you see this follow him now for improvement!

  18. It's 1 am here 😂 m watching ur vdo ❤️

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