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Erwin L'Ami
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Number of games in database: 1,264
Years covered: 1999 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2647 rapid, 2676 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2651
Overall record: +425 -222 =597 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 20 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (60) 
    D12 D10 D15 D18 D16
 Nimzo Indian (59) 
    E32 E21 E34 E20 E47
 King's Indian (57) 
    E97 E91 E94 E63 E92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D38 D31 D37 D30 D39
 Sicilian (53) 
    B32 B33 B42 B90 B48
 Queen's Indian (39) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C67 C65 C77 C80 C92
 Sicilian (56) 
    B90 B81 B22 B51 B80
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 English (42) 
    A15 A14 A13 A19 A11
 Grunfeld (40) 
    D85 D94 D80 D82 D92
 Slav (35) 
    D12 D11 D18 D15 D10
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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 Van Wely, 2017 1-0
   L'Ami vs A Smirnov, 2020 1-0
   L'Ami vs Sevian, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs L'Ami, 2004 0-1
   L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008 1/2-1/2
   L'Ami vs R Kevlishvili, 2022 1-0
   L'Ami vs Van Wely, 2010 1-0
   Jakovenko vs L'Ami, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Open (2009)
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Dutch Championship (2022)
   Corus Group C (2005)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Dutch Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   World Junior Championship (2005)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group C 2005 by Tabanus
   2005 Corus (group C) by gauer
   Corus Invitation Tens 2003 by Tabanus

   🏆 FIDE Grand Swiss
   L'Ami vs N Theodorou (Nov-05-23) 1/2-1/2
   A Volokitin vs L'Ami (Nov-04-23) 1-0
   L'Ami vs G Sargissian (Nov-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs L'Ami (Nov-02-23) 1/2-1/2
   L'Ami vs Vitiugov (Nov-01-23) 0-1

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(born Apr-05-1985, 38 years old) Netherlands

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Grandmaster. Dutch Champion in 2022.

At Gausdal in 2004, he won the tournament, ahead of Magnus Carlsen and despite being expected to finish no higher than mid-table. He soon fulfilled the requirements for an International Master (IM) title, awarded the same year. Becoming a full-time professional, the opportunities for travel continued to suit his lifestyle and in 2005, he complemented his training and dedication with a few good wins, gaining the necessary norms to be awarded the Grandmaster title. During this period, he finished second equal at the Essent tournament, was co-winner of the strong Karabakh 'B' tournament and scored well at the Wijk aan Zee Corus 'C' tourney, earning an upgrade to the 'B' tournament in 2006.

At the Turin 2006 Olympiad, he played a small but helpful role in the national team with a very respectable score of 3.5/5. By then, his Elo rating was reflecting the consistency in his performances and he passed the 2600 mark by the early part of 2007. Working with a new coach (GM Vladimir Chuchelov) was perhaps another reason for his continued progress. At the European Team Chess Championship at Heraklion in 2007, he contributed another plus score (4.5/8) to the Netherlands team total.

2008 was a rewarding year for l'Ami. He finished with a share of second place at the European Individual Championship in Plovdiv, missing out on the medals after an eight-way play-off. More recently, he took part in the EU Individual Open Chess Championship at Liverpool, maintaining touch with the leading group throughout and finishing with a share of fifth place, alongside compatriots Sergei Tiviakov and Jan Smeets.

He took part in the Chess World Cup 2009 and was knocked out by Krishnan Sasikiran in the first round.

In 2010, L'Ami helped Veselin Topalov in his World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand.

In 2014, L'Ami participated in death match against Jan Smeets, which he won.

In 2015, he won the Reykjavik Open scoring 8.5/10.

L'Ami is renowned for his ability at rapid chess and even the more extreme forms of speed chess, where for example, each player has only 1 minute for the entire game. His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "Woef".

Husband of Alina L'Ami.

Wikipedia article: Erwin l'Ami

Last updated: 2023-01-18 13:49:26

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,279  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L'Ami vs Y Rantanen  0-1491999VAM Hoogeveen opB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. L'Ami vs Barsov  1-0401999Sonnevanck 8thC12 French, McCutcheon
3. Barsov vs L'Ami  ½-½251999Sonnevanck 8thD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Barsov vs L'Ami  1-0631999Sonnevanck 8thD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Barsov vs L'Ami  1-0531999Sonnevanck 8thD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. L'Ami vs Barsov  ½-½341999Sonnevanck 8thC11 French
7. L'Ami vs Barsov  ½-½311999Sonnevanck 8thC18 French, Winawer
8. L'Ami vs M Wortel  1-0402000S0-0NB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. L'Ami vs L Cako  1-0352000S0-0NC55 Two Knights Defense
10. A Romero Holmes vs L'Ami  1-0412000Corus Reserve GroupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. L'Ami vs I Cheparinov  0-1442000Corus Reserve GroupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. P Burlage vs L'Ami  ½-½432000Corus Reserve GroupE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. L'Ami vs T Barendse 1-0292000Corus Reserve GroupC18 French, Winawer
14. G Ludden vs L'Ami  ½-½462000Corus Reserve GroupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L'Ami vs C P Gouw 1-0142000Corus Reserve GroupC18 French, Winawer
16. D D van Geet vs L'Ami  ½-½402000Corus Reserve GroupA00 Uncommon Opening
17. L'Ami vs L Andonovski  ½-½432000Corus Reserve GroupB32 Sicilian
18. Y Afek vs L'Ami  1-0302000Corus Reserve GroupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Tseitlin vs L'Ami  1-0222000Cappelle op 16thB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. L'Ami vs A Feelders  1-0482000Utrecht open IC56 Two Knights
21. L'Ami vs G Ligterink  ½-½352000Haarlem AKN opB40 Sicilian
22. S Ernst vs L'Ami  ½-½292000Haarlem AKN opD85 Grunfeld
23. P Wilschut vs L'Ami  ½-½662000DierenA04 Reti Opening
24. L'Ami vs L Compagnie  1-0212000DierenC18 French, Winawer
25. T Gelashvili vs L'Ami 1-0362000DierenB20 Sicilian
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Feb-20-08  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.
Apr-05-10  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.

Mar-23-15  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).
Jan-22-16  zanzibar: Public Domain photo of him:

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Kuipers!
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