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Maarten van 't Kruijs
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1851 to 1878
Overall record: +13 -6 =2 (66.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C01 French, Exchange (2 games)
B20 Sicilian (2 games)
B44 Sicilian (2 games)

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(born Feb-18-1813, died Mar-30-1885, 72 years old) Netherlands

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1.e3 is known as the Van 't Kruijs Opening*. In 1878 he won the Amsterdam tournament.

*Wikipedia article: Van 't Kruijs Opening

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M M Coopman vs M van 't Kruijs  0-1461851AmsterdamB27 Sicilian
2. M van 't Kruijs vs M M Coopman 0-1521851AmsterdamD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. M M Coopman vs M van 't Kruijs 0-1521851AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. M van 't Kruijs vs F G Heijmans 1-0451851AmsterdamA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. F G Heijmans vs M van 't Kruijs  0-1371851AmsterdamB30 Sicilian
6. K de Heer vs M van 't Kruijs  0-1421851AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
7. M van 't Kruijs vs K de Heer 1-0271851AmsterdamA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
8. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs 1-0421861AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
9. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen 0-1161861AmsterdamA84 Dutch
10. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs 1-0311861AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
11. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen 1-0621861AmsterdamA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs 1-0191861AmsterdamB20 Sicilian
13. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen ½-½421861AmsterdamA84 Dutch
14. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen ½-½401861AmsterdamA84 Dutch
15. L Benima vs M van 't Kruijs  0-1591878DCA Congress 6thC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. J Pinedo vs M van 't Kruijs  0-1341878AmsterdamB20 Sicilian
17. M van 't Kruijs vs H J Anderson  1-0421878AmsterdamD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. M van 't Kruijs vs H Kothe  1-0301878AmsterdamB44 Sicilian
19. M van 't Kruijs vs H Uden Masman  1-0421878AmsterdamD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. J J Veraart vs M van 't Kruijs  1-0411878AmsterdamB44 Sicilian
21. M van 't Kruijs vs J J Veraart  1-0241878AmsterdamA84 Dutch
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  Benzol: 1.e3 is known as Van't Kruijs Opening.
Dec-19-05  Bobak Zahmat: <Benzol: 1.e3 is known as Van't Kruijs Opening.> Really? 1.e3?? is a bad move! There are so many reasons why one should not start the game with 1.e3??
Dec-19-05  notsodeepthought: On the plus side, starting the game with e3 did get Van't Kruijs to have this opening named after him. How else could a so-and-so chess player get some small measure of fame? (on a related note, I am working on the "<notsodeepthought> flank attack" opening - 1 h4 and 2 a4).
Feb-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: That's true. Presently it would be hard to get a opening called after your name :). It's a shame that no one plays this opnening any more :)
Feb-14-06  Landman: 1.e3 isn't an agressive move, but it is flexible. You can aim for a Colle/Stonewall formation (d4-e3-f4), and if 1...e5 then 2.c4 with an English, or 2.d4, or even 2.Nc3!? trying for a reverse French.

I've experimented with 1.a3, 2.e3, 3.c4, usually ending with a reversed Sicilian.

I faced 1.e3 myself a few years back:

John Bell vs C Land, 2003

Feb-15-06  Bobak Zahmat: 1.e3 is a bit slow move. It is also a waiting move. White can choose from many continuations.
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  wwall: He seems to be the first person to play Larsen's Opening, 1.b3 (Van't Kruijs - De Heer, Amsterdam 1851). The opening went 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.e3 (Van't Kruijs (or Kruys) opening by transposition).
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
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  FSR: There are zero games in the database where van't Kruijs plays 1.e3. Repertoire Explorer: Maarten van 't Kruijs (white) Sad!
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  WorstPlayerEver: Lol I am Dutch and I always thought it was 'van der Kruis' opening.

Our school teacher suggested it. I can't remember playing another opening at that time.

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  moronovich: 1.e3 ususally leads to openings with colours reversed.And with a tempo extra they can be very powerfull. On top of that several black players start to underestimate it and want to punish it.There is no refutation.

And some years ago it could be a smart weapon vs the comps,trying to get one of these openings it didnĀ“t really understand.E.g. I drew the program,Junior,that drew Kasparov.By using 1.e3 and going for a dutch reversed. My son worked as a beta tester on juniors team,so we had acces to the original software.

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