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premium_steve 37 ( +1 | -1 )
good ways to play against white's colle system i'm playing the second round of a tournament monday night. my opponent is someone who loves to use this colle system opening, with the c3 advance instead of c4 (Queen's gambit) and stuff..... are there any preferred lines, or maybe tricks to play against this as black? maybe to complicate things a little.....

maybe 1.d4, d5 2.Nf3, and then Nc6 to encourage something different?
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t0ned0g 7 ( +1 | -1 )
no.... Make sure you push c5 and try to discourage e4, the main break in the Colle......
premium_steve 15 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah. those sound like good ideas, thanks :).
but god.... this is such a dull, boring opening!!! why would anyone play it??? *yawn*
t0ned0g 22 ( +1 | -1 )
WHAT!?! The colle is known for crushing the dumb black player......if black doesn't put pressure on him with c5 and on the c-file in general, and white achieves the break e4 then black could go down hard! veyr hard!
caldazar 108 ( +1 | -1 )
Huh? The Colle was once regarded as a dangerous attacking setup until theory advanced and resources were discovered for Black. It still can be dangerous if Black opts to play into active lines and winds up adopting plans that are too slow.

There are a couple of ways of handling the Colle. One way is to play very solidly and simply to try to trade off the bishops to reduce White's attacking potential with something like ...Bf5 and Bd3 Bxd3, Qxd3. This is usually followed up by an ...e6 and ...c6 setup with knights on f6 and d7. Black's fully equal, and the game enters into a lot of slow position maneuvering.

Another way is to play for ...e6, ...c5, and ...Nc6, pressuring White's center. Here the dark bishop usually goes to d6 when the queen can go to c7 or e7 as appropriate. Black here has the choice of whether to play ...e6 right away or to play ...Bg4 before ...e6 so that the bishop doesn't get locked in, with all the benefits and drawbacks that ...Bg4 entails. Also, if Black opts for the ...c5 and ...Nc6 path, he has to watch out to ensure that White doesn't come crashing through on the kingside while he's executing his plan.
buddy2 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Try b6, then bishop to a6, exchanging off light bishop. I've tried that in blitz and slowed white's attack to a standstill. Then it gets really sloooow.