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Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation (E43)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 b6

Number of games in database: 616
Years covered: 1914 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 35.7%
   Black wins 32.1%
   Draws 32.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  36 games
Vadim Milov  10 games
Vladimir Georgiev  10 games
Nick DeFirmian  12 games
Jan Timman  10 games
Paul Keres  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1991
Topalov vs Sasikiran, 2007
Keres vs Spassky, 1965
Gligoric vs Larsen, 1967
Ahues vs Sultan Khan, 1930
Uhlmann vs Botvinnik, 1958
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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Alekhine 0-128 1914 St PetersburgE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
2. Janowski vs Nimzowitsch ½-½85 1914 St PetersburgE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
3. Tartakower vs Spielmann  ½-½40 1921 Vienna m1E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
4. Reti vs Gilg 1-034 1926 SemmeringE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
5. Alekhine vs Mendelevic 1-032 1930 LjubljanaE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. Ahues vs Sultan Khan 0-146 1930 LiegeE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. Duchamp vs J Rejfir  ½-½46 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
8. Fine vs Dake 0-117 1931 New York, USAE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
9. M Fox vs Capablanca 0-152 1931 New YorkE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
10. F Kunert vs Lokvenc  1-072 1931 Trebitsch mem 14thE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
11. H Mueller vs L Metanomski  1-075 1931 Trebitsch mem 14thE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
12. K Havasi vs J van den Bosch 1-025 1931 Prague ol (Men)E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
13. W Michel vs A Gulbrandsen  1-050 1931 Prague ol (Men)E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. Koltanowski vs W Winter  1-043 1932 LondonE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
15. Koltanowski vs Milner-Barry  1-026 1932 LondonE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
16. Menchik vs W Winter  1-041 1932 LondonE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
17. R Levenstein vs R Smirka  1-025 1932 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
18. Fine vs N Beckhardt 1-023 1933 ?E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
19. A Simonson vs Fine  0-137 1933 ?E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
20. Fine vs M C Palmer  1-034 1933 Western ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
21. Kashdan vs F Reinfeld  1-026 1935 Metropolitan Chess LeagueE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
22. G Treysman vs Kashdan  1-081 1936 US ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
23. Capablanca vs Kan ½-½39 1936 MoscowE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
24. Stahlberg vs Fazekas  1-062 1936 PodebradyE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
25. G Weissgerber vs J van den Bosch  1-032 1936 Bad NauheimE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-12-04  Vischer: Fischer played this only three times and won only once... of course I don't know why the Sicilian Alapin is named after Semion.
Apr-12-04  Benjamin Lau: It should have been named the Alekhine or the Keres variation. Alekhine was the first to come up with the idea and put it into practice against serious opponents (i.e. Rubinstein) while Keres was the first to employ it frequently.
Apr-12-04  Vischer: <BL> u talking about the Fischer variation of nimzo, or alapin sicilian?`
Apr-12-04  Benjamin Lau: The Fischer Variation naturally. I don't think that Keres played the Alapin Sicilian very often. Neither did Alekhine I think.
Dec-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: So the Fischer variation is simply 4...b6, is that all? Nearly everybody I encounter on the chess servers plays it that way, sometimes preferring to castle first.
Dec-26-04  Dillinger: It's obvious from a cursory glance that this opening was used extensively before Fischer's time, especially in the 40s and 50s. Why *is* it named after Fischer?
Dec-26-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Morning: Fischer won a very good game with this line vs. Portisch, Portisch vs Fischer, 1966. Note that this game is not classified as a Fischer Variation game.

I agree that Fischer didn't play enough games to justify naming 4...b6 after him. I'm not sure this should be named after any one individual, since the game could go in many different directions.

May-01-05  cuendillar: Why not name it the nimzo-queens indian? This name seem to describe the variation pretty well.
May-01-05  russep: The nimzo and queen's indian often transpose into each other. But they are two separate defences. Black doesn't always have to fianchetto the queen's bishop.
May-01-05  Kangaroo: I would suggest rename this after David Bronstein : he played this way against Botvinnik long before Fisher won his frist trophy in 1956 or 1957!
May-01-05  misguidedaggression: This is the "bust" to the Rubinstein variation of the Nimzo-Indian! ;)
May-02-05  azaris: Too bad Karpov was the 'bust' to Fischer himself!
May-02-05  misguidedaggression: Too bad we'll never know... I also think that Karpov would have beat Fischer, but there are plenty of people who would say otherwise.
May-04-06  WTHarvey: Here are 10 zaps and traps in Fischer Variation miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/e43.html
Sep-26-06  Eliskases: After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 b6, 5.Be2 seems to be an alternative to the main line theory in the Fischer Variation (i.e. 5.Bd3 with 6.Nf3 and 5.Nge2). I have found a relatively small amount of games with the aforementioned move, but I am looking for a different way to approach 4...b6, and I have found the main line theory unsatisfactory for White (as well as the aforementioned main line theory, I have also considered playing 5.f3 and even 5.a3, but neither suits me), so can one use 5.Be2 as a reliable alternative?
Apr-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  DrGridlock: Something seems to be amiss with the ECO code for this opening.

According to Wikipedia (not always a definitive source, I concede), the Fischer variation is not identified with black's move 4 ... b6, but with White's continuation 5 Ne2 (to avoid doubled pawns if black captures on c3), and black's response 5 ... Ba6.

According to the Wikipedia post -
"The Fischer Variation (5.Ne2 Ba6) aims to exchange light-squared bishops after ...d5 so that Black can play on the light squares. Keres, Bronstein and Smyslov were early contributors to the theory of this line, and Fischer used it several times successfully. White may play 6.a3, which was favoured by Botvinnik and asks the bishop on b4 to clarify its intentions, or 6.Ng3, which was invented by Reshevsky and prepares e4."

Further, Wikipedia gives the following Nimzo-Indian variation ECO codes:

E20 - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 (includes Romanishin Variation, 4.f3 Variation of Nimzo-Indian excluding 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+, which is covered under E25) E21 - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 (Kasparov Variation excluding 4...c5 5.g3, which is covered under E20) E22 - 4.Qb3 (E22 and E23 cover the Spielmann Variation) E23 - 4.Qb3 c5
E24 - 4.a3 (E24-E29 cover the Sämisch Variation)
E25 - 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5
E26 - 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3
E27 - 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 0-0
E28 - 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 0-0 6.e3
E29 - 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 0-0 6.e3 c5
E30 - 4.Bg5 (E30 and E31 cover the Leningrad Variation) E31 - 4.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 c5 6.d5 d6
E32 - 4.Qc2 (includes 4...0-0; E32-E39 cover the Classical/Capablanca Variation) E33 - 4.Qc2 Nc6 (Zürich/Milner-Barry Variation)
E34 - 4.Qc2 d5
E35 - 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5
E36 - 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3
E37 - 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4
E38 - 4.Qc2 c5
E39 - 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 0-0
E40 - 4.e3 (includes Taimanov Variation; E40-E59 cover the Rubinstein System) E41 - 4.e3 c5 (includes Hübner Variation)
E42 - 4.e3 c5 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein Variation, Romanishin-Psakhis Variation via 5...b6 6.a3 Ba5) E43 - 4.e3 b6 (includes Dutch Variation, Keres Variation) E44 - 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 (includes American Variation, 5...Bb7 Variation) E45 - 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 Ba6 (Fischer Variation)
E46 - 4.e3 0-0 (includes Reshevsky Variation)
E47 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3
E48 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 (includes Modern Variation)
E49 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.a3
E50 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3
E51 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5
E52 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 b6 (Classical Fianchetto/Tal Variation) E53 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 (includes Averbakh Variation) E54 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 (includes Karpov Variation, Bronstein Variation, Smyslov Variation) E55 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 (Parma Variation) E56 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 (includes Larsen Variation) E57 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 cxd4 E58 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 (includes Khasin Variation) E59 - 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 (includes Main Variation)

The Chessgames database seems to list the E45 ECO as the "Bronstein (Byrne)" variation, rather than the "Fischer variation."

Sep-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Opening of the Day
Nimzo-Indian, <Fischer Variation> [ ???? ]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 Opening Explorer

E43 + E44 are mislabeled here

Sep-29-10  rapidcitychess: This is the Bronstein variation according to Seirawan.
Apr-09-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day :
Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6
Apr-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: I am really surprised to find Keres playing so successfully the so called Fischer Variation - so long before Fischer. And he was playing this line very successfully

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Apr-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: goods at laud isnt it an improved owens defence
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