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Optimissed

That's the wrong way round: the Colle is an effective weapon against the Stonewall. That's because the Colle is so flexible but the Stonewall Duch advertises itself by the time five moves have been played.

So white plays d4, Nf3, e3 and it looks like black could go into a Stonewall, so white plays Be2 rather than Bd3 and 0-0. By this time, black is in a Stonewall. White plays c4, b3 and Ba3 and is definitely better.

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Optimissed wrote:

That's the wrong way round: the Colle is an effective weapon against the Stonewall. That's because the Colle is so flexible but the Stonewall Duch advertises itself by the time five moves have been played.

So white plays d4, Nf3, e3 and it looks like black could go into a Stonewall, so white plays Be2 rather than Bd3 and 0-0. By this time, black is in a Stonewall. White plays c4, b3 and Ba3 and is definitely better.

I didn't really mean immediate stonewall, more like a classical dutch where black plays ...Ne4 and ...d5, transposing into a stonewall. Or at least, it caused a lot of trouble for me. 

My preferred weapon against the stonewall is to fianchetto.

Optimissed

You can still play c4, b3 and Ba3, however. That's equally playable against a Stonewall or a Colle and therefore it's fine in this situation. You can also, instead of moving your knight and playing f3 to move the Nd5, just hack off that knight before f5 is played, with your Bd3 and then it becomes a very different type of game. I like those positions. You play against the pawn on e5 with your knights, which may be better than black's two bishops and you can play f3 too. I've won a lot of games like that. Black has a difficult choice ... whether to defend an insecure outpost on e5 or take on f3, giving white the centre.