Edgard Colle Caissa’s Wounded Warrior
Edgard Colle Caissa’s Wounded Warrior The Belgian master Edgard Colle was one of the most
dynamic and active chess players of the 1920s and early 1930s. Though his international career lasted
only ten years, Colle played in more than 50 tournaments, as well as a dozen matches.
Moreover, he played exciting and beautiful chess, full of life, vigor, imagination and creativity. As
with such greats as Pillsbury and Charousek, it was a tragedy for the game that his life was cut short,
at just age 34.
Author Taylor Kingston has examined hundreds of Colle’s games, in an effort to understand his skills
and style, his strengths and weaknesses, and present an informed, balanced picture of him as a
Edgard Colle Caissa’s Wounded Warrior Colle emerges as a courageous, audacious, and
tenacious fighter, who transcended the limitations his frail body imposed, to battle the giants of his
day and topple many of them. 110 of Colle’s best, most interesting, and representative games have
been given deep and exacting computer analysis.
This often revealed important aspects completely overlooked by earlier annotators, and overturned
their analytical verdicts. But the computer’s iron logic is tempered always with a sympathetic
understanding that Colle played, in the best sense, a very human kind of chess.
Caissa’s Wounded Warrior
Though not intended as a tutorial on the Colle System, the book has many instructive examples of
that opening. Additionally, there is an extensive excerpt from Max Euwe’s Gedenkboek Colle, several
other memorial tributes, biographical information about many of Colle’s opponents, his full known
tournament and match record, and all his available tournament crosstables.
We invite the reader to get acquainted with this wounded but valiant warrior, whom Hans Kmoch
called a “chess master with the body of a doomed man and the spirit of an immortal hero.”