When the party is over before it began
Sometimes I play these games which simply don't have any life. In an attempt to expand my range of positions, I've incorporated the Nimzo Indian as part of my Black play. In this game I just can't find a way either side can claim advantage, leading me to question if the line itself is dead and dry. It's very difficult to make such assessments without decent books on this opening (and thus inventing from first principles).