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One note of caution: you should never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
GM Reti in his classic work "Masters of the Chessboard" advises beginners to play Double KP Openings whenever possible as White and Black. In your case not because 1...e5 is the "best" reply to 1.e4 but so you can learn about Open Games (which not all Double KP Openings lead to, but many do) ahead of Semi-Open Games (Single KP and Double QP Openings) and save Single QP Openings for next-to-last with Flank Openings (1.c4, 1.f4, 1.Nf3) being the last to play and study
In the 1992 U.S Open I had a successful tournament playing 1d4 in combination with 2 c4 as white and playing Petrov's defense as black. I am the first to admit that [at least in the case of the Petrov's] I found myself struggling to win games I needed to in the later rounds, but it is 'what I knew'. The percentages I gave were based on GM play [as those were the only opening 'stats' that I had access to] and certainly it would be quite a daunting task for even a regular 'club' player to take on the theoretical complexities of say the sheveningen variation of the sicilian [widely used by Kasparov]. Karpov became world champion while usually playing 1 .....e5. Few people below the master level know more than a few openings well. If one is going to successfully compete on a regular basis in Swiss system pairing type tournaments and has a somewhat limited time to study opening theory I would suggest picking something that appeals to you and sticking with it. Your knowledge of it's intricacies can frequently remove some openings 'drawish reputations' [there are usually ways to avoid early 'forced' draws if you're 'better' or simply need to win. If you like the Caro-Kann, then the Caro-Kann it is.
I play the Caro- Kann
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