Meeting Erwin l'Ami

by Nadja Wittmann
4/9/2018 – As we are privileged with so many interesting visitors and authors coming to the ChessBase office in Hamburg and frequenting our studio, we often try to grab them for a few quick questions to see how they are and what's new. This time it was GM Erwin l’Ami who visited us in Hamburg in order to prepare a new training DVD. Here's a brief (off-camera) impromptu interview. | Photo: ChessBase

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A short interview with Erwin l’Ami

Which is your favourite DVD (of your own) and why?

I put a lot of work into all of them but I think the DVD on the Dutch Stonewall is perhaps the one that worked out best. It contains a nice mix of theory, typical plans, ideas, manoeuvres, which means people are not stuck memorizing lines but, after seeing the DVD, hopefully also understand what the line is about.

The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4

In the Dutch Stonewall Black from the very first move fights for the initiative. Let Erwin l'Ami take you on a fascinating journey to the depth and attractions of this unique opening. At the end you will be rewarded with a new repertoire against 1.d4!

I don’t really have a life motto but in general I think I am quite optimistic and this also reveals on the chess board. I rarely worry about my position during a game, even when sometimes the situation would ask for that.

What is your all lifetime motto over the board (and maybe also in life)?

Erwin the optimist | Photo: Amruta Mokal (ChessBase India)

Erwin riding his bike | Photo: Amruta Mokal (ChessBase India)

What is it that you like most about playing chess?

I can’t single out one thing. I like the competitive element of playing chess and trying to ‘outsmart’ the opponent but I like the ‘researching’ side of the game just as much. Trying to find new ideas in openings or trying to get to the truth in an interesting endgame. It’s all equal to me!

Do you think that you have enough time to spare also on non-chess-related activities?

I don’t but I try to read as much as I can and Netflix is popular in our household as well.

Erwin l'Ami, Vidit Gujrathi and Anish Giri

Erwin l'Ami, Vidit Gujrathi and Anish Giri | Photo: Amruta Mokal (ChessBase India)

Which is the ChessBase program that you use the most (and what for)? 

ChessBase 14. It’s the best program out there for chess professionals. I use it for all chess-related matters basically. I use databases to search games, engines to analyse positions and I go online and play blitz using CB14 as well.

Chess-wise speaking: What is crossing your mind these days? (Special opening? Getting prepared for any special tournament? Wanting to become a grandmaster?)

I just finished a DVD on the Tarrasch Defense that was great fun to make. That means that opening is on my mind these days. The Tarrasch is a bit of a special breed and doesn’t compare itself easily to other openings. That’s why I came across a lot of interesting and, for me, new positions while doing my preparation for the DVD.

Erwin l'Ami playing chess in Dieren | Photo: Amruta Mokal (ChessBase India)

Erwin l'Ami playing in Dieren | Photo: Amruta Mokal (ChessBase India)

What's one of your favourite events to play?

The Reykjavik Open which my wife and I visit every year. This year is no exception!

Interview: Nadja Wittmann (ChessBase)


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