First Steps: Colle and London Systems
Key Ideas, Tricks and Traps
by Cyrus Lakdawala
Publisher: Everyman Chess, 2016
Edition: Paperback medium
The Colle and London are opening systems for White starting with 1 d4. They are very popular choices at club level and for two very good reasons:
1. Both openings are easy to learn and understand.
2. White’s attacking play is based on solid foundations.
In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines both openings in detail and provides a highly practical repertoire for White based on a mix of the Colle and the London.
All the way through the reader is helped along by numerous notes, tips and exercises. This book tells you everything you need to know before taking your first steps with the Colle and London systems.
First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes:
* the basic principles
* the basic strategies
* the key tricks and traps
First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.
Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for 30 years.
Jeremy Silman, author of 'How to reassess Your Chess':
"Lakdawala writes in a charming and highly instructive manner."