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chuckr 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Colle question I know a lot of folks are down on the Colle system as for rank amateurs, but since I qualify I've been playing around with it. One reply by black is puzzling me, though: 1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 Nc6 3. Bd3 e5

Not sure what the best reply by white is to this...any ideas for me? thanks
ccmcacollister 131 ( +1 | -1 )
IMO The best reply is to Prevent his 3...e5 by a change in your move order to 3.Nf3 [or 3.f4 would go into the Stonewall instead of a Colle.] , just in response to 2...Nc6 or 2...Nd7, if you wish to remain in a Colle.
But also be aware that the White side of this opening can be transposed into some nice variations of the French Defence Reversed, or close to it ... which IMO is Not a Bad Thing! As long as your B is not on d3 yet, & keeping that in mind, you really would have nothing to fear then even if BL did get in ...e5, and even ...e4 after. In that case your King Bishop would be nicely at home at Be2, or Bb5. So you can, if you wish, offer him an easier route to a Reveresed French by 2.Bb5 or Be2 then follow 2...e5 by 3.Nf3.
Otherwise just 2.Nf3 makes him work a lot harder to get in ...e5. Unless he goes with 3...f6 but doing that costs him time later since that formation is not really compatible with his presumed ...e4 push of the future.
I think it comes down to WT not being able to force BL into proper Colle lines if he is determined to avoid them. Due to the nature of WT's 2.e3 just not being a very forceful move. But its not a bad move either, and there are plenty of good positions to be found if you are willing to bend a bit when someone refuses to book it. For EG they might try 2...c5 to meet 3.Bd3 or 3.c3 with c4?! Which is nice for WT, but just takes you away from where you intended to go. }8-)
jamesdriggs 31 ( +1 | -1 )
colle I have 2 books on it and play it quite alot. I have gotten some good wins and bad loses. If you want to learn more let me know. Also you may want to learn more about the slav & semi-slav as black since they are the same opeing with colors reversed.
theswiftone 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Nf3 is tha way to go! Yes Nf3 does stop black from playing e5 without building it up.... In the colle you should be able to play e4 before Black plays e5. If black plays an early e5 i think dxe5 is fine.
odonata 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Question of a Colle novice 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Nc6
6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. dxc5 Bxc5, up til now nothing new, my question for the Colle experts (I'm novice in it), is the way to continue e3-e4 or is someting like b2-b4 a good alternative?
jamesdriggs 10 ( +1 | -1 )
e3-e4 all my colle books say e3-e4. b2-b4 would give you a backwards pawn that black could attack
thunker 84 ( +1 | -1 )
Odonata My research turns up two "best" moves for the games I have with at least one player rated 2700+. Either 6.Nbd2 or 6.O-O appears to be in order in my opinion....

Anand,V (2762) - Comp Deep Junior [D05]
Dortmund SuperGM Dortmund (7), 14.07.2000

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.a3 Qc7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.0-0 Rd8 10.Re1 a6 11.h3 b5 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.e4 Nh5 14.Nb3 Ng3 15.Qc2 dxe4 16.Nxc5 exd3 17.Nxd3 Nf5 18.Bf4 1/2-1/2

Blazquez Lopez,B (2192) - Choma,E (2736) [D05]
Internet Section 14-A Dos Hermanas (2), 14.03.2003

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c3 e6 4.e3 d5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.e4 e5 10.Qe2 d4 11.Nb3 Bb6 12.cxd4 exd4 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4 Re8 15.Rfe1 Bc7 16.Rad1 Bg4 17.Bb1 Be5 18.a3 Qb6 19.Qd3 Nh5 20.Bg3 Nxg3 21.hxg3 Rad8 22.Rc1 g6 23.Nfd2 Bg7 24.Nc4 Qc7 25.Nca5 Bd7 26.Nxc6 Bxc6 27.Nd2 Qe7 28.b4 a6 29.f3 Qg5 30.Nf1 Bb5 31.Qd2 Qe7 32.Bd3 Bc6 33.Bxa6 d3 34.Bc4 Qe5 35.Kh2 Qh5+ 36.Kg1 Bd4+ 37.Ne3 Qg5 38.g4 Qf4 39.b5 Bxe4 40.fxe4 Rxe4 41.Qf2 Bxe3 42.Rxe3 Qxe3 43.Qxe3 Rxe3 44.Rd1 Re4 45.Rxd3 Rxd3 46.Bxd3 Re3 47.Bf1 Rxa3 0-1

Rocha,W (2379) - Pinto Coelho,L (2865) [B22]
Internet Section 15-A Dos Hermanas (3), 15.03.2003

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.0-0 Bd6 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Re1 e5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.e4 Bg4 11.b4 Bb6 12.a4 d4 13.Qb3 dxc3 14.Qxc3 Nd4 15.Bb1 Rc8 16.Qd3 Nh5 17.Nxd4 Bxd4 18.Ra3 Nf4 19.Qf1 Be2 0-1

thunker 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Whoops Odonata Sorry, I missed your moves 6 to 8 before, but the games I posted should still be relevant. But at move 9 I would concur (from what little I know) and do 9.e4...