l‘Ami: A gambit guide through the Open Game

6/27/2016 – Erwin l’Ami is a member of the Dutch national team, and was the second of former World Champion Veselin Topalov. In two remarkable new DVDs – almost seven hours of recordings on each – he takes you on a journey through time and shows gambit lines in Open Games (after 1.e4 e5). You will encounter the infamous Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit, the Cochrane, the Belgrade and, of course, the King’s Gambit. Don't miss it!

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Erwin l‘Ami

A Gambit Guide through the Open Game Vol. 1

Are you well versed in main lines but are you also often surprised by old and forgotten gambit lines? Or are you tired of main lines and do you prefer some easy to learn, yet very dangerous gambits? This is your DVD!

In his Gambit Guide Vol. 1 Dutch Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami takes you on a journey through time and shows gambit lines in the Open Games (that is, after 1.e4 e5). This DVD includes the infamous Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit, the Cochrane Gambit, the Belgrade Gambit and, of course, the mother of all gambits: the King’s Gambit.

Many of these long forgotten lines offer plenty of room for creativity and explora-tion and this DVD is full of new ideas with which you can surprise your opponents. Apart from a theoretical section and illustrative model games the DVD contains a number of exercises, which allow you to test your new knowledge. L’Ami, winner of the Reykjavik open 2015 and a former second to World Champion Veselin Topalov, is the perfect man to guide you through the maze of dazzling complications!

Video running time: 6 hours 41 min. (English) – with interactive training including video feedback. Extra: extensive analysis of the theory shown on this DVD. Including CB 12 Reader.

A Gambit Guide through the Open Game Vol. 2

William Davies Evans was a Scottish sea-captain and gave the Evans Gambit that brought White hundreds and thousands of brilliant victories its name. In Volume 2 of his Gambit Guide Dutch Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami brings back the romantic days of chess when pawns were routinely sacrificed in huge numbers! Many of these long forgotten lines offer plenty of room for creativity and explora-tion and this DVD is full of new ideas with which you can surprise your opponents. Apart from a theoretical section and illustrative model games the DVD contains a number of exercises, which allow you to test your new knowledge. L’Ami, winner of the Reykjavik open 2015 and a former second to World Champion Veselin Topalov, is the perfect man to guide you through the maze of dazzling complications!

Video running time:

Volume 1: 6 hours 41 min (English)
With interactive training including video feedback
Volume 2: 6 hours 46 min (English)
Extra: extensive analysis of the theory shown on this DVD

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-514-8
ISBN: 978-3-86681-515-5

Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Advanced, Tournament player, Professional

Price: each volume €29.90 – €25.13 without VAT (for customers outside the EU) $27.14 (without VAT).

Volume 1+2: €54.90 – €46.13 without VAT (for Customers outside the EU) $49.82 (without VAT).

System requirements:
Minimum: Pentium III 1 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (service pack 3), Directx9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROMdrive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel core i7, 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 / 8 or 10, DirectX 10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet connection for program activation.

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Rama Rama 6/28/2016 01:00
@Amat0r
The difference between Topalov and those other FIDE champions is that Topalov also became the #1 rated player during that time and so has more legitimacy.
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 6/28/2016 10:08
Not to cause disturbance. Sending you that puzzle is just an honest to goodness, nothing more. Some fifteen years ago, a certain Fritz? solved that puzzle but unpolished then. Now, as it is polished against with advanced Fritz, please inform of the result. Regards.. jsaldea12 6.27.16
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 6/28/2016 10:03
No to cause disturbance, just honest to goodness intent sendiing you the chess puzzle. Some 15 years ago, a certain Fritz? solved the unpolished puzzle. It took fritz 8 minutes to solve but it solved it. Now can advanced Fritz can do it in lesser time BY ITSELF. Regards. jsaldea12 6.27.16
Zenon14 Zenon14 6/28/2016 07:40
1.Bd8 g6 2.Bf6! will indeed result in a mate in 6 as indicated by the respected GM of FIDE. 1.Bb6 does also accomplish this, so your problem has in fact three possible first moves.
Amat0r Amat0r 6/28/2016 07:27
"former World Champion Veselin Topalov"
just to add some context:
another former World Champion: Rustam Kasimdzhanov
another former World Champion: Alexander Khalifman
another former World Champion: Ruslan Ponomariov

I dont understand, why chess authors, often strong GMs, can write about Topalov "former World Champion", which is a little ridiculous. Similar to current FIDE "World Champion" titles for women.

It should be: ... -> Spassky -> Fischer -> Karpov -> Kasparov -> Kramnik -> Anand -> Carlsen. The best of the best. True Kings of Chess.

jsaldea12 jsaldea12 6/28/2016 04:27
Dear GM Erwin:

Please permit me to ask an unusual request : Please feed to Fritz below original chess puzzle of mine and to see if there is a mistake or not. It is commented by a respected Judge of fide that the puzzle contains two solutions, , re-B-d8 and B-c6 , thus disqualified. I believe he is wrong. There is only one solution, white to play, mate black in six, starting with P-g6. I have to go to you because no one seems to care to respond. I am at a loss.. But to me this puzzle is important. It took me somec30 years to compose and polish this puzzle.This is my legacy to chess.

Chess Puzzle:
Ka3 …….Pa7
Pa4 …….Pc5
Ba5 …….kc4
Pa6 .,,,,,,,,Pc3
Bb7 .…….Pd7
Pc2 . ……Nd5
Pd6 . ……Pe3
Pe2 ………Pg7
Nf3 ……..Ph5
Pg5
Ng1

White to mate black in six moves.

Solution: White moves P-g6!!, B-d8!!!,B-g5!!!!,Bxe3!!,N-e5!!, N-f3!! Mate
All Black moves lead to above mate in 6


Now: as commented by respected GM of fide, my puzzle has two solutions?, re B-d8 and B-c6? Not right:

IfB-d8 P-g6!!! No mate in 6

If B-c6 Pd7xBc6
P-d7 N-b4
P-d8 queen NxPch
K-a2 N-b4ch
BxN KxB no mate in 6

If B-c6 Pd7xBc6
P-d7 N-b4 ch
BxN PxB ch
PxP K-N4 no mate in 6
(with reserved follow up,, for instance, P-c2, etc. no mate in 6)
All other moves by black after B-c6 cannot mate in six


Please inform me of your finding. Thank you for this favor. .My email is jsaldea12@yahoo.com

Jose S. Aldea
Roxas City, Philippines
jsaldea12@yahoo.com
6/27/16

yesenadam yesenadam 6/28/2016 12:20
I'm curious where that error came from. I can't find anywhere online that calls Evans Scottish except pages advertising this gambit guide. Maybe the "Scottish" comes from Cochrane.

Anyway, I don't suppose, based on past experience, that it will be corrected. But "hope springs eternal"...
yesenadam yesenadam 6/27/2016 11:44
"A Gambit Guide through the Open Game Vol. 2
William Davies Evans was a Scottish sea-captain..."

Not a promising start. Evans was Welsh.
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