On chess.com, I was playing as White and my opponent played the Caro-Kann. I personally like the accelerated Panov Attack, 2. c4, but my mouse slipped and I played 2. c3. I was very mad when I did this, but later when I was analyzing, Stockfish said that this is actually the best move. Here is m y own analysis (the engine only says "Yes! This is the way!"):
- It opens a diagonal for the queen.
- It prepares 3. d4 on the next move, allowing the knight to move to d2.
- The annoying bishop pins that usually happen when the knight is on c3 can't happen anymore.
Are there any other reasons why 2. c3 is the best move?
Here is the link to my game.