The Leningrad-born GM was an absolutely dominant force in U.S. Chess for most of the 1990s. He won two U.S. Championships, tying for 1st in 1993 and taking the title clear in 1996. He has also won numerous World Opens, U.S. Opens, an American Continental, and just about everything else. Alex has also represented the United States in numerous international competitions. He has authored two books: “Road to Chess Improvement” in 2000 and “Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian” in 2006. “Yermo” is also known for his commentary work, and has a regular series entitled “Every Russian Schoolboy Knows” on the Internet Chess Club. Alex was the GM-in-Residence at the Mechanic’s Institute in San Francisco, but has since moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He lives there with his wife, WGM Camilla Baginskaite, and their two children. Yermo has a suffocating, positional style, and is renowned for his technique and endgame skill.