In many ways the Nimzo-Indian is the ideal opening for black, because it combines the safety of rapid development with the winning chances that come from material imbalance. On the other hand Qc2 is a very greedy approach by white, because it threatens to obtain the two bishops for free. The surprisingly high number of forced draws in this line indicates that both sides are right.

This line from the Rubinstein Variation can also arise through the Panov moveorder:

The following draw is quite interesting, because it happens in the modern Tabia of the f3-variation, which once was considered to be the only reliable option for black.

Before you consider this line to be good choice to deal with the Nimzo, you shall be warned: There is a new mainline!

I don’t know about you, but this reminds me of the Gothenburg incident, where the three Argentinians lost in the Bg5-Najdorf.

There is another way to reach the f3-Tabia without allowing this critical line and that’s via the Sämisch move-order. It would be interesting to know why they all stayed clear of that path.

Play it safe!