Here's the quick e4 plan that made me lose my appetite for 8... Bd6.

Although White lost, he had a nice position out of the opening. Zviagintsev gives "16. dc5! Nc5 17. Bb4 +-" in yearbook 62 as an improvement for White.

Isn't it always more natural to get the queenside army moving quickly in the Meran? The main moves 8... a6 and 8... Bb7 seem more logical than the (loose-looking?) 8... Bd6.

[Event "Tilburg Fontys"]

[Site "Tilburg"]

[Date "1998.10.23"]

[Round "6"]

[White "Lautier,Joel"]

[Black "Zvjaginsev,Vadim"]

[Result "0-1"]

[Eco "D47"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6

9.0-0 0-0 10.Bd2 Bb7 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.Ne2 b4 13.e4 c5 14.e5 Bxf3 15.exd6 Bd5 16.Ba6 Rb8

17.dxc5 Qa5 18.Bd3 Nxc5 19.Bc4 Nce4 20.a3 Nxd2 21.Qxd2 Qd8 22.Bxd5 Qxd6 23.Qd4 Nxd5 24.Qxa7 Ra8

25.Qc5 Qxc5 26.Rxc5 bxa3 27.bxa3 Rxa3 28.Rfc1 g6 29.Nc3 Nf4 30.Rc7 e5 31.Re1 Rfa8 32.g3 Ra1

33.Kf1 Rxe1+ 34.Kxe1 Ra1+ 35.Kd2 Ne6 36.Rb7 g5 37.Ne4 Ra4 38.Nc3 Ra1 39.Ne4 Ra4 40.Nc3 Ra6

41.Rb5 Nd4 42.Rd5 g4 43.Ke3 Re6 44.Nb5 Nf5+ 45.Ke4 Ne7 46.Rd7 f5+ 47.Ke3 Kf7 48.Nd6+ Kg6

49.Kd3 Ng8 50.Rd8 Nf6 51.Ke3 Re7 52.Rf8 Rd7 53.Nc4 f4+ 54.Ke2 f3+ 55.Ke3 Kg7 56.Ra8 Rd4

57.Ra7+ Kh6 58.Nb6 Rb4 59.Ra6 Kg5 0-1

I personally play the nimzo. Never goes out of style.