Originally posted by sannevssr
I have played the nimzo- Q.I.D tandem for quite a while now , otb and correspondence.
The nimzo is a great weapon but in queen indian games against people who know what to do , you are usually just equalising even if they dont play the most critical lines,
this is all great if your name is kramnik or karpov, but it might not be the right way for you ( ...[text shortened]... aybe if 3. Nf3 you could play 3.. c5 making it a benoni, it sounds like that is more your style.
Ok, so basically your opinion is that the Nimzo would suit a dynamic player striving for initiative but the QID might be harder to win with. To me, this seems true enough if White plays g3 and knows what he's doing. However, White really gives up the fight for a serious advantage. Fortunately, with Ba6, Black can get interesting and very diverse structures but the 9. Nbd2 variation main-line does seem very drawish. Here it is:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3
d5 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Re1 c5 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Rxe4 Bb7
15. Re3 Bf6 16. dxc5 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 Nxc5 18. b4 Qf6 (Ne4 works too, but this is more direct.) 19. Qd4 Ne4 20. Qxf6 gxf6
21. Rd3 Rfc8 22. Nd2 f5
The game is equal and greatly simplified, but the fight has barely begun. If Black wanted to complicate things more, he could have taken on c4 instead or played some rook move, or even refrained from Bb4+ and played BB7. However, this variation with dxe4 is the surest path to equality and almost guarantees a draw. If the White player is this unambitious and Black doesn't want to risk anything, this will have to do.
What do you think?
BTW: I've looked at the Modern Benoni and while it's certainly an interesting opening, I wouldn't want to use it as my primary weapon because I"m not sure I could play it reliably.