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  3. hate the danish gambit

any "crazy" refutations or countergambits?
Accepting will lead to a crushing attack (I have trouble defending it), and after 3. ...d5 the position is somehow too opened for me, I lost all ~5 games after stupidly blundering a piece in the opening.
I don't really want to learn much theory so I guess I simply have to play more careful?

I also used to hate the Danish Gambit until I started playing the following line: grab the pawn (or both) and then play Bb4+ and Nf6.

3...Qe7 seems to be best. The idea is counterattack against e4. This is a motif comparable to 2...Nf6 in the Sicilian Alapin (1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6)

yah, 3..Qe7 would be my recommendation. it's a sound line with the bonus that it will likely throw off players around your rating range.

as far as i am concerned, though, i have analyzed a bunch of the "double accepted" lines with 5..Bb4+ to a black advantage and have played that with great success in some games. but that definitely requires knowledge and nerves of steel.

If you don't want to learn a ton of theory, maybe you shouldn't play 1...e5. I never play it because think about it, after 1.e4 e5 white can play the Kings gambit, Danish gambit, or Vienna game. Or after 2.Nf3 if Nc6 then you gotta be ready for the Spanish, Italian, Scotch and so forth. I just got incredibly booked up on the caro-kann and I don't have to worry about all that e5 stuff. I'll play the kann against e4 all day long. It's super solid and I've played it so much that there's pretty much nothing white can do that I haven't seen before.

people always talk down on the theory in 1..e5, like if there aren't a lot of (dangerous) lines in the alternatives.
for the caro, there is the classical with 7 Nf3, classical with 7 Nh3, many branches of the advance variation (depending on your choice of 3..Bf5 or 3..c5), panov, normal exchange variation, king's indian attack with g3, king's indian attack with 5 d4, 2 c4, dangerous offshoots like 2 Ne2..

if you get scared of all the "theory" that you are supposed to know, you'll never try out any "respectable" opening.
just believe in the inherent soundness of your choice, understand that your average opponent won't be incredibly well prepared either and, when someone catches you off guard, try to learn from what happened.

Bb4+ and Kf1 is not quite good Nc3 and the struggle for Black continues.

Play 3... d3. Thank you.

e4 e5 d4 exd4 c3 c5 becomes kind of like some weird line in alapin sicilian