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.

Apart from Qc2 white has other options, but black can usually deviate to get a full game. The following line from the Rubinstein Variation can also arise through the Caro Kann Panov-Attack:

Play it safe!