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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
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F G Heijmans vs M van 't Kruijs  0-137 1851 AmsterdamB30 Sicilian
2. M M Coopman vs M van 't Kruijs  0-146 1851 AmsterdamB27 Sicilian
3. M van 't Kruijs vs K de Heer 1-027 1851 AmsterdamA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. M van 't Kruijs vs M M Coopman  0-152 1851 AmsterdamD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. K de Heer vs M van 't Kruijs  0-142 1851 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
6. M M Coopman vs M van 't Kruijs 0-152 1851 AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. M van 't Kruijs vs F G Heijmans 1-045 1851 AmsterdamA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
8. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs 1-019 1861 AmsterdamB20 Sicilian
9. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen 1-062 1861 AmsterdamA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs  1-042 1861 AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
11. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen 0-116 1861 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
12. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen  ½-½42 1861 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
13. Anderssen vs M van 't Kruijs 1-031 1861 AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
14. M van 't Kruijs vs Anderssen  ½-½40 1861 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
15. M van 't Kruijs vs H Kothe  1-030 1878 AmsterdamB44 Sicilian
16. M van 't Kruijs vs H J Anderson  1-042 1878 AmsterdamD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. M van 't Kruijs vs J J Veraart  1-024 1878 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
18. J Pinedo vs M van 't Kruijs  0-134 1878 AmsterdamB20 Sicilian
19. J J Veraart vs M van 't Kruijs  1-041 1878 AmsterdamB44 Sicilian
20. L Benima vs M van 't Kruijs  0-159 1878 DCA Congress 6thC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. M van 't Kruijs vs H Uden Masman  1-042 1878 AmsterdamD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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 :)
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  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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