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  1. Colle System Classics (Koltanowski variation)
    The Colle system has been described as the easiest good opening system to learn for white. It allows white to develop his pieces behind a wall of pawns before initiating action and avoids several black defenses. The system is not forcing and does not put the opposing player under a great amount of pressure, but has a deceptive sting that will surprise many opponents. Essentially, it is a Semi-Slav defense "reversed", and the extra tempo gives White attacking possibilities not usually seen from the black side. However, if white doesn't win in the opening or middle game, he often will have a pawn majority of 3-2 on the Q side which can be a winning ending. The opening is not regarded as challenging enough for GM level chess, but for club players it is still viable and is a good introduction to QP openings. This is the one of the earliest and most successful "program" openings, and is very solid and sound.
    21 games, 1908-1984

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