Originally posted by Marc Benford
I really hoped my question would get more answers... It's still really puzzling me. I just don't see any disadvantage of playing 1. d4 c6 as long as we're happy playing the Slav and the Caro-Kann...
@Marinkatomb: I'm sorry but I didn't quiet understand your answer... Particularly this part is confusing: "I would recommend you think about 1 ...[text shortened]... ime I play my king's Knight to f3 (sometimes I even play 1. Nf3 right on move 1, but it's rare).
According to my database 1. d4 c6 has been played in 2,104 games and scores 62.1% (to white). White has tried 15 different things in response, by far the most frequent (1,304 games) was 2. d4, so you can get into the Slav 62% of the time. 3. Nf3 is next most popular (377 games) when 2. .. d5 is also possible and seems to do well. 3. e4 was played in 328 games and you're into the Caro. These 3 lines account for over 90% of games. The next most popular is 2. e3 which cannot be dangerous and was played 26 times. Then there are a few moves which look like reasonable tries for white: 2. g3, 2. Nc3, 2. Bf4, and 2. Bg5. The rest of the moves played are rubbish.
Based on the results from my database I think you can safely play 1. ... c6. There won't be any big shocks. If you are looking for flexibility then Marinkatomb's suggestion is better, but I can't see any reason that 1. ... c6 is anything other than normal. It's been played by very strong Grandmasters, this is a game from 1977 between Lev Polugaevsky and Victor Kortchnoi: