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Erwin L'Ami
Number of games in database: 959
Years covered: 1999 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2614 (2647 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2651

Overall record: +319 -167 =461 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (48) 
    D15 D10 D19 D11 D16
 King's Indian (46) 
    E91 E97 E92 E94 E60
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E32 E20 E21 E34 E39
 Sicilian (38) 
    B42 B90 B32 B40 B65
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D38 D31 D37 D30 D39
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C67 C65 C80 C77 C92
 Sicilian (47) 
    B90 B22 B51 B33 B20
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B12 B18 B10 B19 B11
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D94 D80 D78 D73
 Slav (30) 
    D11 D12 D15 D10 D18
 English (28) 
    A15 A19 A11 A14 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L'Ami vs Stellwagen, 2007 1/2-1/2
   P Hulshof vs L'Ami, 2003 0-1
   L'Ami vs S Sevian, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs L'Ami, 2004 0-1
   L'Ami vs Kamsky, 2014 1-0
   L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Wade vs L'Ami, 2008 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs L'Ami, 2015 0-1
   Tingjie Lei vs L'Ami, 2017 0-1
   B Lindberg vs L'Ami, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Dutch Championship (2007)
   Unive Open (2013)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 Corus (group C) by gauer
   Caro-Kann by freeman8201

   L Cyborowski vs L'Ami (Apr-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   L'Ami vs M Hoffmann (Apr-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Koehler vs L'Ami (Mar-19-17) 0-1
   L'Ami vs C Balogh (Mar-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   L'Ami vs A Wirig (Feb-19-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-05-1985, 32 years old) Netherlands

[what is this?]
Erwin l'Ami was born April 5th, 1985, the same day as fellow Dutch GM Jan Smeets, in Woerden, Netherlands. He has worked as a second to Ivan Cheparinov and Veselin Topalov.

Husband of Alina L'Ami.

Wikipedia article: Erwin l'Ami

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 959  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Barsov vs L'Ami  1-063 1999 Sonnevanck 8thD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. L'Ami vs Barsov  ½-½34 1999 Sonnevanck 8thC11 French
3. Barsov vs L'Ami  1-053 1999 Sonnevanck 8thD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. L'Ami vs Barsov  ½-½31 1999 Sonnevanck 8thC17 French, Winawer, Advance
5. Barsov vs L'Ami  ½-½25 1999 Sonnevanck 8thD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. L'Ami vs Barsov  1-040 1999 Sonnevanck 8thC12 French, McCutcheon
7. L'Ami vs L Cako  1-035 2000 S0-0NC55 Two Knights Defense
8. L'Ami vs M Wortel  1-040 2000 S0-0NB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. A Romero Holmes vs L'Ami  1-041 2000 CorusD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. L'Ami vs I Cheparinov  0-144 2000 CorusB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. P Burlage vs L'Ami  ½-½43 2000 CorusE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
12. L'Ami vs T Barendse 1-029 2000 CorusC18 French, Winawer
13. G J Ludden vs L'Ami  ½-½46 2000 CorusD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. L'Ami vs C P Gouw 1-014 2000 CorusC18 French, Winawer
15. D D van Geet vs L'Ami  ½-½40 2000 CorusA00 Uncommon Opening
16. L'Ami vs L Andonovski  ½-½43 2000 CorusB32 Sicilian
17. Y Afek vs L'Ami  1-030 2000 CorusB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L'Ami vs A Feelders  1-048 2000 Utrecht open IC56 Two Knights
19. L'Ami vs G Ligterink  ½-½35 2000 Haarlem AKN opB40 Sicilian
20. P Wilschut vs L'Ami  ½-½66 2000 openA04 Reti Opening
21. L'Ami vs L Compagnie  1-021 2000 openC18 French, Winawer
22. T Gelashvili vs L'Ami 1-036 2000 openB20 Sicilian
23. H Hoeksema vs L'Ami  ½-½18 2000 openB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
24. L'Ami vs M Smits  ½-½41 2000 openC47 Four Knights
25. L'Ami vs G Szuveges  1-060 2000 openB42 Sicilian, Kan
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 959  PGN Download
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Oct-18-07  MarkThornton: This game features one of the most spectacular TNs I have ever seen in my life. It should be in the notable games section for Erwin l'Ami:

P Hulshof vs E L'Ami, 2003

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  whiteshark: Married with Alina Motoc

<yet another chess couple>

Apr-04-08  nolanryan: L'ami just played a sensational sequence to mutilate brandenburg in the dutch championship
Mar-25-10  Birthday Boy: This is great,same birthday with Jan Smeets.
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  wordfunph: Amsterdam 2008: Victor Korchnoi generously lavishes praise on GM Erwin L'Ami who had just defeated him in the final round and was seen at the demo board, smilingly explaining to the spectators what he had done wrong. Bravo!

birthday happy GM L'Ami..

Apr-05-10  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday Erwin L'Ami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  Tabanus: FIDE:

Placed 5th in Hogeschool Zeeland (Holland) Open 7-14 August 2010:

Aug-25-10  crazybird:

An interview with Erwin L'Ami about being Topalov's second.

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  ketchuplover: Tough loss to Carlsen today.
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  Penguincw: < ketchuplover: Tough loss to Carlsen today. >

Well,you have to consider that Carlsen was the highest rated player in the tournament (and the world) at the time and L'Ami is the lowest rated.Plus,Carlsen took on the white pieces.

Mar-11-12  waustad: Search engines always mess up trying to find this guy. FIDE keeps trying to tell me that he doesn't exist. I was looking because I saw that there is a player named Alina L'Ami who played him in Reykjavik, who plays for the Roumanian federation. I wondered if they were married.
Mar-11-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<wausted>

Alina and Erwin are indeed married.

Mar-11-12  SimonWebbsTiger: ps Alina often contributes photo reports for Chessbase. Here is a recent example, with a photo of her halfway down
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th! Same birthday as Jan Smeets.
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  ketchuplover: Good luck at Wijk :)
Apr-01-13  FairyPromotion: An interesting tweet by GM L'Ami:

Apr-05-13  waustad: He won today on his 28th birthday in the Bundesliga, playing for SG Solingen against IM Hirneise, Tobias (2448).
Aug-13-13  Karpova: Alina l'Ami: <“It is official: Erwin l’Ami will be sleeping on the balcony tonight after winning against his own wife!” It might sound like a funny remark to you but trust me, I was not in such a cheerful mood. After a couple of hours though, I learned to be more generous and lent a blanket to my shriveling husband…>


He beat her at the Vlissing Tournament:

[Event "HZ Chess Tournament 2013"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.08.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "L'Ami, Erwin"]
[Black "L'Ami, Alina"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E69"]
[WhiteElo "2626"]
[BlackElo "2358"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. e4 c6 9. h3 exd4 10. Nxd4 Re8 11. Be3 Nc5 12. Qc2 Qe7 13. Rfe1 a5 14. b3 Bd7 15. Rad1 Nfxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bf4 d5 18. f3 Qc5 19. fxe4 Bxd4+ 20. Kh2 Be5 21. Bxe5 Rxe5 22. exd5 Rxe1 23. Rxe1 cxd5 24. Qd2 d4 25. Rd1 Bc6 26. Qxd4 Qxd4 27. Rxd4 Rc8 28. Bxc6 Rxc6 29. Kg2 Kf8 30. Rd7 b6 31. Kf3 Ke8 32. Rb7 Re6 33. g4 h6 34. Ra7 Re7 35. Ra6 Rb7 36. Ke4 Ke7 37. Ke5 f6+ 38. Kd5 Rd7+ 39. Ke4 Rd6 40. c5 bxc5 41. Rxa5 Rd4+ 42. Ke3 Kd6 43. Ra8 h5 44. gxh5 gxh5 45. Rd8+ Ke5 46. Rxd4 cxd4+ 1-0

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  Penguincw: Happy 29th birthday to GM Erwin L'Ami!
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  chancho: Yup, you can see it...

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  ketchuplover: Kudos on victory in Iceland!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to L'Ami for winning the Reykjavik Open (2015). He was stunning, as he won his first 3 games, drew the next, and then won 5 straight (the later 5 was against 2650 opposition, including top seed Mamedyarov). These 5 wins allowed him to clinch sole first with a round to spare. He did lose his last game against Eljanov however, who finished in 2nd. Libiszewski also won his last round game to finish tied with Eljanov 8/10, half a point back of L'Ami. 11 finished half a point back of them, and 17 a further half point back.

Entering as the 11th seed, his rating was 2605, but he has now gained 26.8 rating points with his 2826 TPR.

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  diagonal: Congrats to simpatico Erwin L'Ami for his <biggest career achievement> so far, winning the traditional & strong <Open at Reykjavik 2015> outright. Some further bio stuff :) and
Erwin is husband of Alina, one of the strongest chess couples (ELO 5.000 plus now again in April rating list *together*), she's also a regular contributor to the chess community with pictorial reports from chess tournaments all over the planet

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Erwin L'Ami for winning the Rabat Blitz Marathon with a score of 18.5/21, half a point ahead of top seed Mamedyarov (who he defeated with black in R5).
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  zanzibar: Public Domain photo of him:

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