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|GM Alexander Yermolinsky|
Born in the Soviet Union, Alex, also known as "Yermo" immigrated to the
United States in 1990 after a brief stint in Italy. He earned his
Grandmaster stripes playing second board for the American team in 1992.
For a while, his main US gig was as as a chemist, a job he was trained
for in the Soviet Union. |
He shared first place in the 1993 U.S. Championship with his lifelong friend Alexander Shabalov, and won clear first in 1996. The chess world first got a chance to enjoy Alex's straightforward writing style in The Road to Chess Improvement (1999) a critically acclaimed book with strong opinions. For instance, Alex advised chess amateurs "to stand on the shoulders of giants", and study and play critical openings lines, especially against higher-rated opponents. Alex confessed that nothing relieved him more than when a weaker opponent shied away from the main lines.
In 2006, Alex published his second book on an opening that he's an expert on, The Classical Sicilian.