GM Erwin l’Ami began with six consecutive wins in Saturday’s Death Match 22, en route to a convincing 17.5-7.5 win over fellow Dutchman GM Jan Smeets. l’Ami won all three time controls as Smeets scored the lowest number of points in Death Match history.

l’Ami won $ 750 while Smeets took home $ 250.

Both players admitted to being apprehensive about the opening 5+1 segment. “The scary part is the five minute plus one (second),” l’Ami said. “I don’t have any experience with it. It seems kind of long.”