Sunday, May 03, 2009
Colle Zukertort Revolutionized
I recently read Zuke 'Em The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized by David Rudel and I have to say, this is a book for us. Not the masters or the grand masters but us, the silent swarm of class, coffee house and club players that stealthily infiltrate society. The cover is odd no doubt, but don't be put off by it. It represents a new style in chess analysis and writing. Openness perhaps even on a daring scale. A lot of people don't respect the Colle of any variation. You may be one of them, I don't know. But Zuke 'Em acknowledges this lack of respect and goes one step further. We know the system has problems, but hey, lets address them, lets take a sparkling new unconventional look and see what we come up with. And we'll find some things. Like many of the toxic beliefs against the system are unfounded. And that black knight is going to c6 regardless of the cunning plan you've been working on for the last two hours.
As someone who has used the Colle for many years. Starting with the Koltanowski and slowly transitioning into the Zukertort by what seems to be an evolution of necessity. They're are a few articles in the book I found invaluable. Or at least I hope that whey will be. Chapter three dips into every piece on the board and notes what its good for and what its probably going to do. Chapter six covers Bf5. How I loathe Bf5. More importantly it reads like chess players think which is why it isn't sitting on the shelf, in the half read chess book section.
P.s. The answer to number 4? Because shes a lesbian.