|Level:||Advanced, Tournament player|
The Panov Attack might well be White's most unpleasant weapon against the Caro-Kann because compared to other Caro-Kann lines it usually leads to entirely different positional patterns. Therefore Black should know precisely how to react and where to put his pieces. Danielsen recommends the 5...Nc6 variation (after 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3) and presents all the relevant lines that might arise after that. The attraction of his repertoire lies in the fact that it avoids the famous Panov endgame arising after 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.cxd5 without lapsing into obscure sidelines. The Icelandic grandmaster also focuses intensively on the lines arising after 6.Bg5 dxc4.