What is good alternative to Philidor defense?

When I play as black and white opens pawn e4 , then I move pawn e5, then commonly white will move knight f5

At this point in the game I am not a big fan of black knight to c6 because I try to stay away from that move incase white would counter with bishop to b5 and it kinda jams black up in the advancment of pieces.

The philidor defense seems to passive and feels like you are on steady defense from the very begining.

What would a good opening for black be to study in substitute of the philidor defense based on white's typical opening under these circumstances??

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!!

Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

With our team, we thought that the most active, tricky, easy to understand and at the same time the solid defence against 1.e4 is the Accelerated Dragon variation of Sicilian defense!

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Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 2 weeks ago

If you choose to follow the chessmood repertoire, you will raise your ratings drastically. Then, if you find the Philidor passive, I am afraid tha there is no other good way to protect your pawn on e5 after Nf3. Maybe the reason you avoid Nc6 is the big theoretical lines, but this is not the best solution. Maybe you should try the Petroff defence, but if you play with a chessmood pro member, you will again be searching for something new.