I'm having trouble as black in the caro when white plays an early Bd3, e.g.,
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3
when black doesn't have many good options. That is, 7. ... Bxd3 8. Qxd3 seems to take a major development disadvantage, and anything else murders the kingside pawns. A recent game of mine continued...
7. ... Qc7 8. Bxg6 hxg6 9. Qd2 O-O-O 10. Qf4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qb6 12. O-O-O Ngf6 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Nd7 15. e6 fxe6 16. Be3 Qa6 17. a3 e5 18. Qg5 e6 19. Qxg6 Bxa3 20. Qd3 Qxd3 21. Rxd3 Bc5
and I eventually won because my opponent couldn't handle the endgame, but at one point, I had not one, but TWO sets of doubled, isolated pawns on the kingside, and was saved only by tactics. Which, you know, is fine, I happened to be tactically superior to my opponent. But I can't believe the point of the caro is to get in a position where you have a few tactical shots, and if they don't work, you have a totally lost endgame. :-) There has to be a better way!
In general, it would be great if someone could point me to a decent resource on the black side of the caro for someone who is totally new to the opening? I usually sicilian naj or alekhines as black against e4... but I'm dropping too many games to early attacks as black, and I need something quieter. Trying to get a sense for the major plans in the caro.
(Before you look at my profile and say "with a rating that low, you shouldn't be worrying about openings," ignore my RHP rating, I haven't played here in a long time and timed out a bunch of games before leaving.)