Alex Yermolinsky

Alex Yermolinsky (Russian: Алексей Ермолинский, romanizedAlexey Yermolinskiy; born April 11, 1958) is an American chess player. Awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1992, he is a two-time U.S. champion.

Alex Yermolinsky
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Alex Yermolinsky at the 2003 U.S. Championships in Seattle, Washington
CountrySoviet Union
United States
Born (1958-04-11) April 11, 1958 (age 62)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1992)
FIDE rating2486 (February 2021)
Peak rating2660 (January 1998)
Peak rankingNo. 21 (January 1998)


Yermolinsky tied for first with Vladislav Vorotnikov in the Leningrad City Chess Championship in 1985. In 1993, Yermolinsky won the U.S. Chess Championship, tying for first place with Alexander Shabalov. In 1996 he was the sole champion. He won the World Open in Philadelphia three times: in 1993, 1995 and 1996; in 1999 he shared first with nine other players, but Gregory Serper won the playoff. In 2001 he won the American Continental Championship in Cali, Colombia.[1]

In 2012 Yermolinsky was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame.[2]

He is a regular commentator and presenter on the Internet Chess Club.

Personal lifeEdit

Yermolinsky is married to Camilla Baginskaite, also a chess player. They have two children, a son and a daughter. They met each other at the Chess Olympiad 1996 in Yerevan.[3]


  • Yermolinsky, Alex (2000). Road to Chess Improvement. Gambit Publications. ISBN 1-901983-24-2.
  • Yermolinsky, Alex (2006). Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian. Gambit Publications. ISBN 1-904600-42-5.


  1. ^ "The Week in Chess 355". Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  2. ^ Sands, David R. (2012-10-23). "'The Yerminator' enters U.S. Chess Hall of Fame". Washington Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ "WGM Camilla Baginskaite". United States Chess Federation. Retrieved 2009-07-08.

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Preceded by
Patrick Wolff
United States Chess Champion
1993 (with Alexander Shabalov)
Succeeded by
Boris Gulko
Preceded by
Nick de Firmian, Patrick Wolff, and Alexander Ivanov
United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Joel Benjamin