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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Hall of Fame Inductee

Congratulations to GM Alex Yermolinsky (born April 11, 1958 in Leningrad) who was inducted into the chess Hall of Fame this month.
       Yermolinsky won the US Championship tying for first place with Alex Shabalov in 1993 and in 1996 he was the sole champion. From the mid- to late-1990s “The Yerminator” won virtually every major open Swiss in the US.  He is also a three-time winner of the World Open (1993, 1995 and 1996) and in 1999 he was equal first with other nine players. In 2001 he won the American Continental Championship.  He is married to the WGM Camilla Baginskaite and now lives in South Dakota where he works with the South Dakota Chess Association as a coach, lecturer and tournament director.
       After emigrating from the Soviet Union in 1989, he played on several U.S. Olympiad teams. He has written two books and the widely praised “The Road to Chess Improvement,” is one of the most instructive books a player seriously determined upon improvement can get.
       Despite his successes Yermolinsky was something of a late bloomer by chess standards, earning his grandmaster title in 1992 at the age of 34.

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