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Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2 (E44)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 b6 5 Ne2

Number of games in database: 655
Years covered: 1925 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 42.6%
   Black wins 26.6%
   Draws 30.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksej Aleksandrov  9 games
Yury Shulman  9 games
Ivan Sokolov  7 games
Oleg Romanishin  14 games
Nick DeFirmian  12 games
Viktor Korchnoi  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Korchnoi vs Botvinnik, 1960
Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1943
Botvinnik vs O'Kelly, 1946
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001
I Sokolov vs D K Johansen, 1992
Rubinstein vs I Rabinovich, 1925
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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 655  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs I Rabinovich 0-1321925MoscowE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
2. Rubinstein vs S Landau 1-0451930MatchE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
3. S Landau vs Erik Andersen 1-0451930Hamburg ol (Men)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
4. S Landau vs J Rejfir  1-0381930Hamburg ol (Men)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
5. Rubinstein vs Kashdan ½-½221930Hamburg ol (Men)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
6. A Becker vs L Metanomski  1-0281931Trebitsch mem 14thE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
7. S Erdelyi vs Sultan Khan  0-1451931Prague ol (Men)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
8. Euwe vs Capablanca ½-½261931Capablanca - EuweE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
9. Rellstab vs S Rotenstein  1-0511932Berlin-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
10. L Steiner vs R Pitschak  ½-½501933Moravska OstravaE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
11. C Elison vs Dake  0-1361935USA-36.Congress qual-CE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
12. J Kubanek vs Gilg  ½-½171936UJCS-14.KongressE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
13. E Eliskases vs Kan  ½-½611936MoscowE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
14. E Eliskases vs Lilienthal ½-½271936MoscowE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
15. G A Thomas vs C H Alexander  ½-½371936NottinghamE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
16. Vladimir Petrov vs O Kaila  1-03819371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
17. S Landau vs P List  0-1321937OstendE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
18. E Eliskases vs Spielmann  ½-½521937Spielmann - EliskasesE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
19. Vladimir Petrov vs Tartakower  ½-½321937KemeriE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
20. E Eliskases vs Gilg  0-1321938Bad ElsterE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
21. S Landau vs Spielmann  1-0411938NoordwijkE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
22. Reshevsky vs Kan  ½-½311939Leningrad/Moscow trainingE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
23. Reshevsky vs Seidman  ½-½651940USA-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
24. Kashdan vs M L Hanauer 1-0711940USA-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
25. Fine vs F Reinfeld  1-0431941Marshall Chess Club-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: Funny that Fischer never played it.
Feb-16-05  Dudley: He did play it several times but I am not sure how it got named after him considering it was played much earlier in chess history.
Feb-16-05  Dudley: 4...b6 is the Fischer variation, not 5.Ne2
Feb-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Well if he played it (4...b6) where is the game?...and when?
Feb-16-05  Minor Piece Activity: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Fischer mostly played it under E45. Opening systems tend to be confusing since E45 is a subset of the opening on this page.

May-01-05  refutor: is 5.Ne2 the strongest line v. the Fischer variation? I've been having some trouble against it recently...can anyone recommend a good setup for White? I haven't tried it, but i imagine Ne2, f3, e4, etc.
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