Colle Flower

This was a nice win for the Colle. Last season I’d played IM James Adair in these lines and lost, albeit narrowly! However, our Captain said after the game that he’d never known Yousuf to lose. Yousuf himself said that he used to play the Colle but frustratingly had forgotten the correct line.  I had been anticipating playing James Adair again and had looked at 11.a3 lines instead of 11.Qe2 but in response to 10… Qc7 not 10…0-0. So in the absence of 10… Qc7 then in hindsight I expect 11.e5 was the move! How our minds work… I’d be interested in comments from fellow Colle players.

Dan Staples