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Van't Kruijs Opening

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  • 3 weeks ago


    Whats the point? Just do e4!

  • 2 months ago


    I never tried this opening before!

  • 4 months ago


    I s very good against computers: 1 e3,  d5 2 d3,  e5  3 g3,  Nc6 4 a3  to close the position and attack like king indian defense.

  • 5 months ago


    This is a very bad opening,which allows black to create a strong pawn center and have a great space advantage.

    If black plays the right moves it is very easy to destroy white,or at least get a winning position.

  • 6 months ago


    this poening kind of slow poison move.

  • 7 months ago


    I find that, as white, continuing Bb5 is good unless black made that bad, and then when they pull the pawn to threaten your bishop, move it back a little. Overall, this develops a piece and gets your opponent to make a bad move. After they move, move Nf2, then 0-0. This has one most games. Sometimes the opponent moves h4, h5, h6, in which castling is a bad idea. The reason this is good is it develops three pieces, gets your opponent to make a bad move, lets your queen open, and brings your king to safety.

  • 8 months ago


    The sodium opening...... makes me cringe in fear when I see it..... very sharp.

  • 11 months ago


    @thinkboolean Learning any opening is helpful because it makes us learn new ideas. But at some point it will no longer make sense to choose an opening that immediately gives black equality and which masters have a losing score with. 

  • 11 months ago


    The opening is to0 much insecure

  • 12 months ago


    My rating has climbed from the 1200s to the 1400s in the last few months almost exclusively using Van't Kruijs. 

    Intuitively it looks passive, but 1.e3 and 1...e6 give you 30 options for move 2.

    2.Qh5 and 2...Qh4 would then give you 44 options for move 3. 

    Your queen then has the 4th or 5th rank all to herself because your pawns haven't obstructed it with a more "aggressive" opening. If need be, she can cross the board to share a diagonal with the enemy king, and align herself with a bishop for backup.

    It's a flexible opening, and it gets aggressive fast.

  • 14 months ago


    I've gotten this a couple times just in the past couple days in 10|0. I've looked back at some of my previous games, and it just seems like, when I lose as black, it's because I fail to find the decisive blow, not because white did anything special.

    In postmortem analysis, the comp agrees, giving black a small advantage out of the opening, and that advantage can grow quickly if white isn't careful.

    As black I have to improve at finding the tactics and mates. But even if white manages to trade pieces into an endame, often white has screwed up his pawn structure at some point or misplaced his remaining pieces for defensive reasons (if black has played actively and taken the center and initiative).  I just don't get why people would want to play this for white--it's slow, passive, concedes the center, cramps own pieces, immediately lets black not only equalize but have a slight edge in many cases, etc. Maybe if white transposes into a king's indian type, although there must be a reason that that's rarely seen at top level (I'm guessing the issues with the center but not sure).

  • 14 months ago


    I won against this opening

  • 14 months ago


    @Viviplex The opening gives black an easy and relatively free game starting from move 1. If white isn't careful, black even gets the initiative, and white ends up playing a slow, passive, cramped, defensive position in many cases. That probably has something to do with why this opening does indeed score terribly for white, at least in the master database. I'm not arguing that white is losing out of the opening, but it just seems like a strange choice. If you want a slow positional game, why not play 1. d4 instead?  

  • 14 months ago


    its not terrible its basically like the french defense only for white.

  • 17 months ago


    I am fairly new to Chess, and I've accidentaly tried this opening. And managed to win. After e3, I've played f4 instead od d4, not really going to have a battle for the center, rather the king's side. I've managed to win the game, using my king's side knight and bishop to establish a very strong position on the king's side. What do you think about this position? I've managed to win the game, but me and my opponent made more than a few mistakes in the process. Is f4 a good follow up to e3?

  • 18 months ago


    i use to win always with d4/e4 i think its the best opening......

    for white....

  • 18 months ago


    e3 is merely an advanced french and it has been said it transposes many lucrative ways. It is totally sound however, maybe not the best choice. Hey everyone quit talking and start playing. The proof is in the pudding.

  • 19 months ago


    My computer's chess version plays this opening against most of my openings. It destroys me everytime. possibly because it is 2500+..

  • 20 months ago


    I guess this is my first comment, but so what! I actually have personally used this opening very many times with rather good results, though I used to play against a computer-board, which is now easy for me to beat even at it's hardest level. However, this works pretty fine, it allows the kingside Bishop to move, it will help Queen to get out (although this is not very useful, it usually gets out anyway). The queenside Bishop could later be fianchettoed to b2. It tends to lead into a bit more hypermodern play, since fianchettoed Bishop will attack through the center, White will not have as strong a pawn center as he could have after 1.e4 or 1.d4, but instead gives Black a chance to build one and then attacks it. It is true that 1.e3 is a bit "passive" or something (and definitely not a classical opening move) but it will change the course of the play from basic center pawn openings. 

    Having said this, I almost never use this one anymore, since I started to like quick and strong attacks, and this will not give enough chances for that, I think. I do recommend to study this, especially if you are fond of hypermodern style. Try it out, if it doesn't work, do something else instead!

  • 20 months ago


    movegameswhite win / draw / black win
    1...Nf6 157
    33.12% 28.66% 38.22%
    1...d5 130
    34.62%   45.38%
    1...g6 125
    22.4%   62.4%
    1...e5 71
    36.62%   45.07%
    1...c5 32
    21.88%   71.88%
    1...f5 20
    1...d6 13
    53.85%   30.77%
    1...b6 9
    33.33% 22.22% 44.44%
    1...e6 8
    62.5% 25%  
    1...a5 2
    50% 50%
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