The Colle is a solid, reliable system of development based on the popular opening move 1 d4.
A major selling point is that although the system is very easy to learn and play it leads to complex, exciting middlegame positions where White often launches a violent attack against Black's king.
The former World Correspondence Champion Cecil Purdy once wrote, "A player who specializes in the Colle System needs to spend only about a tenth of the time studying the openings (for White) that he would otherwise have to."
The Colle is a particular favourite amongst club players, but is often also seen at grandmaster level; perhaps its most well-known exponents are the former World Championship Candidate Artur Yusupov and the twice World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings.
IM Richard Palliser examines the fundamentals of the Colle, elaborating on the crucial early moves and ideas for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.
The reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the Colle and of opening play in general.