Apart from the main line of the Caro-Kann Defense 2. d4 (covered in Lines 303-320), and the Accelerated Panov 2. c4 (Line 302), White has at east two more playable options – Two Knights Attack (2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3) and the Breyer Variation (2. d3).
In case of 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3, the most promising replies are 3… Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6, 3… Nf6 4. e5 Ne4 and 3… dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6. In any of these lines Black is able to obtain good prospects without difficulties.
The Breyer Variation is not very ambitious, and often leads to positions resembling the Reti Opening. The game often proceeds with 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 e5 4. Ngf3 Bd6, where White usually chooses between the concrete 5. d4 and a more modest 5. g3. Again, Black should equalize rather easily.
[Diagram: Black to Move] A. Cosentino – M. Brzoza, corr. 2011. Black needs to act quickly if he wants to make the most of his initiative on the kingside. What would you propose?
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