In a recent blitz game, my opponent played a setup that looked like this:

[fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/2PP4/1P2P3/PB3PPP/RN1QKBNR b - - 0 1"]

I can't quite remember where the knights and light-squared bishop went, I guess Nf3, Nd2/c3 and Bd3. I played normal development with d5, e6, Nf6, Nd7, Be7.

Since it was a strong player, I'm assuming this setup or system has a name, but I've unable to find it. Unfortunately I can't recall the move order. What is it called?

  • Hard to find the exact name without seeing the moves form Black. This could be a Colle-Zukertort but also some setup against the King's Indian or Grünfeld
    – David
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 18:29

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That looks very like the Colle-Zukertort except the c pawn usually doesn't go to c4 quite that early. Normally white develops the kingside pieces and castles first.

Here, for instance is part of Linqvist-Pihlajasalo, Jyvaskyla 1996

[Title "Linqvist-Pihlajasalo, Jyvaskyla 1996"]
[fen ""]
[Startply "15"]

1. d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Bb2 b6 8. c4
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    That looks very familiar. I did look at the Colle-Zukertort in my repertoire book, but missed 8. c4 as it was written as a sideline. Thank you!
    – Anna
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 17:24

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