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Alex Yermolinsky
Number of games in database: 1,112
Years covered: 1973 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2527 (2520 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699
Overall record: +422 -166 =493 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      31 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (72) 
    E71 E94 E97 E92 E90
 English (47) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35 D38
 Reti System (44) 
    A04 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A46 D02 E10 A45 A40
 Slav (29) 
    D15 D12 D10 D16 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (174) 
    B67 B22 B57 B62 B32
 King's Indian (57) 
    E94 E92 E60 E81 E73
 Grunfeld (56) 
    D85 D76 D86 D97 D91
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (45) 
    B67 B62 B66 B65
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A50 A45 A40 D05 A46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (28) 
    A30 A31 A34 A37 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001 1-0
   A Anastasian vs Yermolinsky, 1987 0-1
   Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs Kaidanov, 1993 1-0
   Kasparov vs Yermolinsky, 1975 0-1
   Duong Thanh Nha vs Yermolinsky, 2007 0-1
   P Gilruth vs Yermolinsky, 2000 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs L Christiansen, 1999 1-0
   Dzindzichashvili vs Yermolinsky, 1993 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs Khmelnitsky, 2002 1-0

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

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

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(born Apr-11-1958, 57 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Alex 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.

He has several books in print and works as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company in California.

Wikipedia article: Alex Yermolinsky

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Yermolinsky ½-½40 1973 Moscow ttA35 English, Symmetrical
2. Yermolinsky vs V Malaniuk  0-145 1975 URS-CupT BurevestnikD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
4. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. V Osnos vs Yermolinsky 0-142 1977 LeningradA52 Budapest Gambit
6. Yermolinsky vs Kasparov 0-168 1977 LeningradB40 Sicilian
7. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky ½-½20 1977 URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. K Klaman vs Yermolinsky  1-037 1979 Leningrad-chA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
9. Tseshkovsky vs Yermolinsky  ½-½70 1980 URS-ch48 sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. M S Tseitlin vs Yermolinsky  1-036 1980 URS-46chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Yermolinsky vs Gavrikov  1-038 1980 USAA30 English, Symmetrical
12. V Dydyshko vs Yermolinsky  1-029 1980 MinskA52 Budapest Gambit
13. Yermolinsky vs Mikhalchishin  ½-½19 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)A34 English, Symmetrical
14. Yermolinsky vs Anikaev 1-027 1981 TournamentA06 Reti Opening
15. S Makarichev vs Yermolinsky  ½-½24 1981 URSE92 King's Indian
16. A V Kharitonov vs Yermolinsky ½-½23 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)A30 English, Symmetrical
17. A Petrushin vs Yermolinsky  ½-½40 1981 Ch URS (select)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. Vasiukov vs Yermolinsky  ½-½23 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)B40 Sicilian
19. Yermolinsky vs Gorelov 1-061 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)A15 English
20. Gurgenidze vs Yermolinsky 1-025 1981 TournamentB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Yermolinsky vs Azmaiparashvili  1-043 1981 URSA00 Uncommon Opening
22. Yermolinsky vs A Chernin ½-½19 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)A25 English
23. Chekhov vs Yermolinsky  1-058 1981 URS SpartakiadE92 King's Indian
24. A Shvedchikov vs Yermolinsky 0-118 1981 OdessaE81 King's Indian, Samisch
25. Novopashin vs Yermolinsky  ½-½42 1981 Ch URS (1 liga)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,112  PGN Download
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Aug-25-08  siamesedream: You can find the Yerminator youtube lecture here:

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  Richard Taylor: I've got a book by Yermolinsky called - "The Road to Chess Improvement" - he seems an interesting character and I liked the idea of have a book on chess by someone who was or is not a "Super" GM as such and had more or less to fight his way up as he says...

[Yes - the book is certainly worth buying I would say]

He's played some great games here it seems also.

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  wordfunph: In 1996 Yerevan Chess Olympiad, Lithuania's Woman board 1 Camilla Baginskaite met American GM Alex Yermolinsky. A year after, they married and lived in US. They are now blessed with two sons.

Happy Birthday GM Yermolinsky!!!

Oct-13-09  muwatalli: could anyone describe yermolinsky's style of playing to me?
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  Robin01: Alex will be participating in the U.S. Amateur Team North Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this upcoming weekend. He will also be giving a simul in the Milwaukee area at a local chess club.
Feb-10-10  HeMateMe: The "Yerminator", 3 times champion of the USA.
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.
Apr-11-12  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"
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  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.


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!
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  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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