Erwin l'Ami: Two Knights Defence

by ChessBase
5/7/2015 – "A couple of weeks after his brilliant result in Iceland, l’Ami launches his first instructional DVD," writes New in Chess Magazine. Erwin tackles the Two Knights Defence, which arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5. It is one of the oldest opening lines in chess history and has intrigued players for many decades! Order it today and get a signed copy.

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Erwin l'Ami's victory in Reykjavik

When Dutch GM Erwin l’Ami, in his report in New In Chess 2015#3, called winning the Reykjavik Open "a once in a lifetime success", editor-in-chief Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam reacted: "Come on, Erwin, you’re only 30!"

In his Reykjavik report in NiC Erwin writes: "It is my conviction that an early draw is a certain route to get yourself entrapped in the quicksand of an Open, and your problems are only compounded with every further draw: you're drawn in deeper and deeper and your opponents are trying to drag you down as well. So a good start is essential to stay on a firm footing!"

Erwin won his first three games, drew one (against Swiss IM Georgiadis Nico, 2468), and then won the next five games in a row, against four GMs and one IM. In round seven it was top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2756, who like Erwin had 5.5/6, who succumbed to the Dutch GM. Only in the final round he lost to Ukrainian GM Eljanov Pavel, rated 2727.

Top final standings after ten rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 L'ami Erwin NED 2605 8.5
2 Eljanov Pavel UKR 2727 8.0
3 Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2514 8.0
4 Fier Alexandr BRA 2601 7.5
5 Naroditsky Daniel USA 2633 7.5
6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2756 7.5
7 Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2676 7.5
8 Hansen Eric CAN 2566 7.5
9 Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2651 7.5
10 Gupta Abhijeet IND 2625 7.5
11 Stefansson Hannes ISL 2560 7.5
12 Danielsen Henrik ISL 2514 7.5
13 Jussupow Artur GER 2573 7.5
14 Grandelius Nils SWE 2603 7.5
15 Gao Rui CHN 2533 7.0
16 Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2646 7.0
17 Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2554 7.0
18 Jones Gawain C B ENG 2642 7.0
19 Maze Sebastien FRA 2564 7.0
20 Norowitz Yaacov USA 2422 7.0

Erwin l'Ami's rating performance in this event way 2826. You can find all ChessBase report on the Reykjavik Open here. There is also an interesting interview conducted with Erwin after the tournament had finished.

A couple of weeks after his brilliant result in Iceland, l’Ami launched his first instructional DVD. In it he tackles the Two Knights Defence, one of the oldest opening lines in chess history.

The sharp positions, arising after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5, have intrigued players for many decades! World Champions like Wilhelm Steinitz and Bobby Fischer shaped the opening, and in more recent years, Nigel Short has popularized it.

In the main lines, black gambits a pawn – with fascinating consequences. This DVD is aimed at players of both sides, giving an objective overview of all relevant theoretical lines. The DVD also includes a database with model games and an interactive section with memory markers and tactics where the viewer can test his newly acquired knowledge.

  • Video running time: 4 h 27 min
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Exclusive training database with
    over 90 essential games, full analysis of the variations by L’Ami
  • Including CB 12 Reader

New in Chess calls this "a highly instructive and entertaining DVD". You can buy it in the NiC Shop
or directly from ChessBase. You can also buy New in Chess Magazine here.

New recordings for ChessBase

Erwin l'Ami is currently in Hamburg, recording two DVDs for ChessBase. The subject is Gambits in open games (after 1.e4 e5), e.g. King’s Gambit, Marshall Gambit, Evans Gambit, etc. You should be able to get these Fritztrainers in a month or two.

Erwin is also promoting his Two Knighs Fritztrainerand has promised to sign and personalize all DVDs
from orders that reach the company today – Thursday, May 7th, 2015, until midnight your time.

A week's stay in Hamburg and long recording sessions are not all work and no play. Here's an impression of the extra-curriculars at the ChessBase office – some would call it goofing around.

A truly amazing resemblance: ChessBase's André Schulz, cleverly disguised as Erwin l'Ami

How about this: a blitz game pitting Erwin against himself

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