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Alex Yermolinsky
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Number of games in database: 1,209
Years covered: 1973 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2486 (2520 rapid, 2508 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699

Overall record: +456 -181 =540 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 32 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (77) 
    E94 E71 E97 E92 E90
 English (56) 
    A15 A17 A13 A10 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (53) 
    D37 D30 D31 D35 D39
 Reti System (40) 
    A04 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A46 D02 A40 E10 A45
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D44 D43 D47 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B67 B62 B57 B22 B32
 Grunfeld (62) 
    D85 D86 D76 D97 D91
 King's Indian (61) 
    E94 E92 E81 E60 E73
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (50) 
    B67 B62 B66 B65 B63
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A50 A45 A46 E00 D05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (31) 
    A30 A31 A34 A35 A37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001 1-0
   Yermolinsky vs L Christiansen, 1999 1-0
   A Anastasian vs Yermolinsky, 1987 0-1
   Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs Taimanov, 1982 1-0
   V Zhuravliov vs Yermolinsky, 1988 0-1
   H Wachtel vs Yermolinsky, 1993 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs P Hummel, 1999 1-0
   P Gilruth vs Yermolinsky, 2000 0-1
   M Morgan vs Yermolinsky, 1990 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Caorle Open (1989)
   Forli Open (1989)
   United States Championship (1996)
   Leningrad Championship (1988)
   United States Championship (1993)
   28th World Open (2000)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   United States Championship (1994)
   United States Championship (1992)
   United States Championship (2002)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1994, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   Sicilian Alapins by mneuwirth

   🏆 U.S. Senior Open
   F Rhine vs Yermolinsky (Jul-24-22) 1/2-1/2
   J Lundin vs Yermolinsky (Nov-25-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Lu vs Yermolinsky (Nov-17-21) 1/2-1/2
   Yermolinsky vs L Sokolin (Jul-25-21) 1-0
   Kaidanov vs Yermolinsky (Jul-24-21) 0-1

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(born Apr-11-1958, 64 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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GM Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky was born in the former Soviet Union. After leaving it, he spent a short time in Italy before moving to the USA.

FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1990 and the GM title in 1992. He tied for first with Vladislav Vorotnikov in the 1985 Leningrad City Chess Championship. In 1993, he won the U.S. Chess Championship (tied with Alexander Shabalov) and 1996 He won the World Open in 1993, 1995 and 1996; in 1999 he shared first with nine other players, but Gregory Serper won the playoff. He has also played on the US Olympiad team.

In 2012 Yermolinsky was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame.

Yermolinsky lives in South Dakota and is a regular lecturer on the Internet Chess Club, host of the series "What Every Russian Schoolboy Knows." He is the author of "Road to Chess Improvement" and "Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian" (both published by Gambit Publications).

He is married to WGM Camilla Baginskaite.

References / Sources (podcast interview with Ben Johnson (March 2017)), Wikipedia article: Alex Yermolinsky

Last updated: 2022-07-25 22:02:04

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,302  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Yermolinsky ½-½401973Moscow ttA35 English, Symmetrical
2. D Losev vs Yermolinsky  1-0281973USSR Junior ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
3. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. Yermolinsky vs V Malaniuk  0-1451975URS-CupT BurevestnikD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky ½-½201977URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
6. V Osnos vs Yermolinsky 0-1421977Leningrad ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
7. Yermolinsky vs A Safarov  0-1281977Leningrad ChampionshipA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. Tseitlin vs Yermolinsky  1-0261977Leningrad ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. A Kochyev vs Yermolinsky  1-0501977Leningrad ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
10. Yermolinsky vs V Karasev  1-0181977Leningrad ChampionshipB07 Pirc
11. Lanka vs Yermolinsky 1-0191977Junior TournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
12. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481977Junior TournamentB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Yusupov vs Yermolinsky  0-1411977Junior TournamentA84 Dutch
14. Yermolinsky vs A V Kharitonov  0-1391977Junior TournamentD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Yermolinsky vs Kasparov 0-1681977Junior TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Yermolinsky vs L Zaid  1-0231977Junior TournamentB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Tseitlin vs Yermolinsky  1-0351979Leningrad ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. M V Novikov vs Yermolinsky  1-0421979Leningrad ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. V Vorotnikov vs Yermolinsky  1-0261979Leningrad ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. K Klaman vs Yermolinsky  1-0371979Leningrad ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
21. Yermolinsky vs V Loginov  1-0411979Leningrad ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
22. Yermolinsky vs Gavrikov  1-0381980USAA30 English, Symmetrical
23. M Tseitlin vs Yermolinsky  1-0361980URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. V Dydyshko vs Yermolinsky  1-0291980MinskA52 Budapest Gambit
25. Yermolinsky vs I Platonov  1-0231980URS-ch48 sf KrasnodarE14 Queen's Indian
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Oct-18-12  ketchuplover: Kudos to herr "Yermo" on his upcoming induction into the US chess hall of fame!
Dec-10-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Yermo just won the Western Idaho Open, beating out a deep field of weekend-swiss patzers. Congrats.

Dec-12-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Here are the games if anyone is interested in watching a 2541 former US champion take out a sub-1700 club player.


Dec-13-12  Jim Bartle: Should give him confidence to play in the All-Idaho championship.
Dec-13-12  Shams: <Wyatt> FM Raptis from Portland and NM Sinanan from Seattle are not too shabby. The latter last week won a crucial last-round game as White to secure the USCL 2012 Championship for Seattle. (Flying Varuzhan Akobian in for Board 1 didn't hurt either.)
Apr-11-13  hedgeh0g: Happy birthday to a great player, teacher and student of the game!
Jan-11-14  MarkFinan: Well to say this guy nearly hit the 2700 mark and has beaten Kasparov, this game of his is puzzling. The first 12-13 moves are all book, the next are easy enough to work out in 5 mins, the engine has him +1.50 up and he lost! In a middle game! And I find it highly unlikely having gone through the game he lost on time. Strange..

Yermolinsky vs G Zaichik, 1993

Apr-07-14  Chessinfinite: Nice job on the ICC commentary by GM Alex. Y.

Too bad Anand does not agree with him on most occasions and Yermolinksy is made to be a fool :) - like this time on Candidates 2014.

Nice try Sweere, hiding your feelings about an old legend !.. Maybe next time it would help to show some respect to Anand's chances :) *just kidding*.. enjoy watching your shows..

Apr-07-14  RedShield: < could anyone describe yermolinsky's style of playing to me?>


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  WannaBe: <Biographers>!!

GM Yermo moved to South Dakota a number of years ago, (3 or 4)... Guess he got tired of the nice weather in Cali.

He was inducted into US Chess Hall of Fame in 2012.

May-23-15  TheFocus: <You can talk a lot about chess being an intellectual contest, but it's a sport with all its physical and mental demands. Otherwise, why do you think these days 20-year-old men are generally better in chess than 40-year-olds? Is this the intellect?> - Alex Yermolinsky.
Feb-21-16  offramp: Known to his friends as The Yerm or The Big Yerm or El Yermo or The Yermmeister or The Big Yermowsky or The Yermovitch or The Great Yermino or Yerm the Sherm or The Lair of the White Yerm or The Yerminator or Yermorama or The Great Yermheimer or The Yermster or Arnold Yermenegger or El Grand Yermbino or The Yermatollah but never simply as Alex.
Apr-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alex Yermolinsky.
Jun-26-17  The Boomerang: Rubbish player.
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  keypusher: <the boomerang > <rubbish player>

So what's 10 grades below rubbish? Because that's what we are, I guess.

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  WannaBe: 3 years later, biography still have not yet been updated. (See my post from 2014).

If the editor(s) do not wish to update the state of residency (South Dakota), please add the Hall of Fame info. Please. Ugh!!

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  Fusilli: There, <WB>, I used my very rarely exercised editor powers. :) I added the titles of his two books, the name of his program on ICC, and removed the bit about working as a chemist for a company in California, assuming he quit that when he moved to SD. Or does he still do that from there? Do you know?

After close consideration, I decided that adding that he is a <rubbish player>, as <The Boomerang> informed us, was not necessary.

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  Check It Out: If you guys are ten grades below rubbish, I hate to consider my grade.
Feb-06-19  JimNorCal: Thanks, <Fusilli>

Alex has a wonderful persona, very proud to have him as a transplanted American :) :)

Apr-11-19  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Yermo! Have always appreciated your book, Road to Chess Improvement. Be well, sir.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 2-time US Chess Champ, the Yerminator! I really enjoy watching his series “Every Russian Schoolboy Knows” on ICC! In his latest episode for this, he is covering games of GM Artemiev, who definitely has tons of potential. He is in the top 15 in the world now.
Sep-06-19  Granny O Doul: " a story of mine, one of the characters who comes and goes is called Yarmolinksy because the name struck me--it's a strange word, no?"--Jorge Luis Borges.

Granted, he was Yarmo and not Yermo, but there's not such a difference, is there?

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  perfidious: Remember reading Summers' biography of J Edgar Hoover, in which an official at Department of Justice called Adam Yarmolinsky is mentioned.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy 62nd birthday to the Yerminator!! I’m still enjoying his video series called “Every Russian Schoolboy Knows” on ICC. Although it’s much more advanced than the title of his series would suggest.
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  perfidious: Excerpt from The Road To Chess Improvement:

<....The truth is, a chess-player's main objective is to find good moves, and the last thing he should worry about is attaching them to his (or, worse, someone else's) theoretical beliefs. In retrospect it's nice to attribute your success to superior 'understanding' or 'class', but it doesn't relieve chess-players from sweating it out on every move....>

Words to live by, even in this computer age of ours.

Signed, luddite life 1200 player

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