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Alex Yermolinsky (Russian: Алексей Ермолинский, Aleksey Yermolinskiy; born April 11, 1958) is an American chess grandmaster. He is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion.

Alex Yermolinsky
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Alex Yermolinsky at the 2003 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
CountrySoviet Union
United States
Born (1958-04-11) April 11, 1958 (age 61)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1992)
FIDE rating2504 (June 2019)
Peak rating2660 (January 1998)

He 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 was equal first with other nine players, but Gregory Serper won the playoff). In 2001 he won the American Continental Championship.

In 2012 Yermolinsky was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame.[1]

Yermolinsky is married to the WGM Camilla Baginskaite. They have two children, a son named Edward and a daughter named Greta.[2] They met each other at the Chess Olympiad 1996 in Yerevan. He is a regular commentator and presenter on the Internet Chess Club.


  • 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. ^ Sands, David R. (2012-10-23). "'The Yerminator' enters U.S. Chess Hall of Fame". Washington Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "WGM Camilla Baginskaite". The 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