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Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky
Photo courtesy of United States Chess League.  
Number of games in database: 1,127
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2505 (2520 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699

Overall record: +429 -166 =500 (62.0%)*
   * 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 (72) 
    E94 E71 E97 E92 E73
 English (50) 
    A15 A17 A13 A10 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (45) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35 D39
 Reti System (39) 
    A04 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A46 D02 A40 E10 A45
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D44 D43 D47 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B67 B62 B22 B57 B32
 King's Indian (57) 
    E94 E92 E60 E81 E73
 Grunfeld (55) 
    D85 D76 D86 D97 D91
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (47) 
    B67 B62 B66 B65
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A50 A45 A46 E00 D05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (29) 
    A30 A31 A34 A35 A37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001 1-0
   Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 0-1
   Anastasian vs Yermolinsky, 1987 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs Taimanov, 1982 1-0
   Yermolinsky vs Kaidanov, 1993 1-0
   Yermolinsky vs L Christiansen, 1999 1-0
   V Zhuravliov vs Yermolinsky, 1988 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs P Hummel, 1999 1-0
   Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 0-1
   P Gilruth vs Yermolinsky, 2000 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   12th Chicago Open (2003)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Hoogovens (1997)
   World Open (2008)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)
   US Championship (2010)
   US Championship 2003 (2003)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   US Championship (2008)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   US Championship (2007)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1994, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1995, Concord by Phony Benoni
   Road to Chess Improvement by howardb86

   🏆 SPICE Cup Open
   I Nyzhnyk vs Yermolinsky (Oct-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   Yermolinsky vs Ruifeng Li (Oct-25-17) 1-0
   Yermolinsky vs K Priyadharshan (Oct-25-17) 1-0
   J D Williams vs Yermolinsky (Oct-24-17) 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs V Plotkin (Oct-23-17) 1-0

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(born Apr-11-1958, 60 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. American Continental Champion at Cali 2001. He has won the US Championship twice, in 1993 (shared with Alexander Shabalov) and in 1996 He's 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: 2018-03-06 13:07:35

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,127  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Yermolinsky ½-½401973Moscow ttA35 English, Symmetrical
2. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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-chA52 Budapest Gambit
7. Yermolinsky vs Kasparov 0-1681977LeningradA07 King's Indian Attack
8. K Klaman vs Yermolinsky  1-0371979Leningrad-chA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
9. Yermolinsky vs Gavrikov  1-0381980USAA30 English, Symmetrical
10. M S Tseitlin vs Yermolinsky  1-0361980URS-46chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Tseshkovsky vs Yermolinsky  ½-½701980URS-ch48 sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. V Dydyshko vs Yermolinsky  1-0291980MinskA52 Budapest Gambit
13. Gurgenidze vs Yermolinsky 1-0251981TournamentB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. N Gaprindashvili vs Yermolinsky 1-0391981TournamentE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Petrushin vs Yermolinsky ½-½401981Ch URS (select)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
16. S Makarichev vs Yermolinsky  ½-½241981URSE92 King's Indian
17. Yermolinsky vs Podgaets  ½-½651981USSRD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Shvedchikov vs Yermolinsky 0-1181981OdessaE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Yermolinsky vs Azmaiparashvili  1-0431981URSA00 Uncommon Opening
20. V P Moskalenko vs Yermolinsky 0-1151981OdessaD97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. Yermolinsky vs Gipslis  0-1321981TskhaltubaA30 English, Symmetrical
22. Lputian vs Yermolinsky  ½-½341981TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Yermolinsky vs I D Dorfman 1-0371981Ch URS (select)A13 English
24. Yermolinsky vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½141981tA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Yermolinsky vs Kholmov  1-0431981URS-ch sfA04 Reti Opening
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Mar-16-10  rapidcitychess: <mutawatilli> I cannot tell you his style, but I can tell you his aura. This guy seems to look at you and crumble you. He is one of those guys that even if he was rated 900, he could beat you by looking at you. Once he talks to you, you think "He is so cool...", like some kind of anime hero. (If you watch prince of tennis he is Tezuka;)) If he says you played this game well, you think you are on top of the world. When tells you "do better on this part" you feel like begging him saying "Have mercy O powerful teacher! Have mercy upon your student!" He seems to envelope in his power and cunning.
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  wordfunph: i forgot where i lifted this bit of information..

GM Alex Yermolinsky learned to play chess at the age of nine, at the Young Pioneer's Palace in Leningrad (Young Pioneers was an organization in the Soviet Union for kids).

"I would go there three or four times a week. It was a long ride for me. I had to take the bus or the subway and Mom would worry that something might happen to me in the city." GM Alex Yermolinsky

happy birthday GM Yermolinsky!

Nov-05-10  Xeroxx: Love his sexy russian accent.
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  ganso: Yermo was once asked who was the greatest chess talent who ever lived. He answered that he couldn't make up his mind between Fritz and Deep Junior.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Yermolinsky!
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  wordfunph: <1995 World Open Press Conference: GM Alex Yermolinsky made a stir when he said that when he woke up one morning, when he was 7-year-old, he suddenly knew how to move chess pieces. He added that he forgot who really taught him chess.>

Happy Birthday "The Yerminator"!

Apr-20-12  zooter: Has a great show on ICC -- "Every Russian Schoolboy knows"
Jul-06-12  Kinghunt: <zooter> Agreed. His show is my favorite of all the ICC shows. It's well worth purchasing an ICC membership just to be able to watch them all.
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.


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  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.)
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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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