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Janurary 26th-28th Yermo returns to Asheville, NC to play at the Crowne Royal Plaza in the Land of the Sky XXXI. He last played in this tournament in 2002 with a score of 2-0-3. This year he started off with two easy games with opponent blunders but faced the top seeded GM Moradiabadi and suffered a loss in round 3 with black.  A win with black in a Bogo-Indian in round 4 set up a 3 1/2 move GM draw with Ivanov to share 2nd place with him.  Scoring a final 3-1-1 record for the 31st edition of the Land of the Sky event. The game were viewed live with board relays and a webcam at: http://chessstream.com/tournaments/Land-of-the-Sky-XXXI/LiveGames.aspx

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Uncle Yermo is in Tekirdag, Turkey (Lat:40 58'39.00 Long:27 30'43.52) with his buddy Atalik. The tournament is being held Nov. 2nd-11th, 2016.

After draws in the first four rounds we receive word from across the ocean that Yermo finally draws blood against his brother in round 5. The Babe Ruth of Turkish chess shares some of his rating points in a surprising endgame on Sunday. Leaving chess fans across the midwest wondering if these guys will be sharing a cab back to the Holiday Inn. Chess fans in Turkey must be wondering if Suat was throwing the game as a courtesy for Yermo's gentle moves in round four or if he's just sandbagging now. Who knows? The sdchess.com's chief roving reporter had his passport expire on Sept. 25, just days before the plane left, so we can't bring you live video interviews but we have investigators combing social media accounts for answers and when we can verify the facts we will bring them to you. Keep checking back here for more updates.

Update: Yermo fights to hold a draw in round 6. We have a rest day to vote and round 7 begins Wednesday 1 am central and Midnight Mountain time to the west river folks.

 Ekaterina Atalik vs Alex Yermolinsky


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nge2 e5 7. d5 Nd4 8. h3 c5 9. dxc6 bxc6 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Ne2 c5 12. O-O O-O 13. f4 Re8 14. Ng3 Bb7 15. Re1 Qb6 16. Rb1 Re7 17. b4 Rae8 18. Ba3 cxb4 19. Rxb4 Qc7 20. Rxb7 Qxb7 21. Bxd6 Rxe4 22. Nxe4 Nxe4 23. c5 Nxd6 24. cxd6 Rd8 25. Re7 Qd5 26. Qb3 Qxb3 27. axb3 Bf8 28. Rxa7 Bxd6 29. g3 Kf8 30. Kf2 h5 31. h4 Re8 32. Bc4 Re7 33. Rxe7 Kxe7 (draw agreement) 1/2-1/2

See Yermo's games with analysis from Stockfish 8.

Look at the photos from the tournament.

RIP Mr. Six-Time

Walter Shawn Browne (1949-01-10 to 2015-06-24)

Alexie Yermolinsky and Walter Browne get caought up at the 2014 Western States Open

Alexie Yermolinsky and Walter Browne get caught up with each other at the 2014 Western States Open held in Reno Oct., 2014

Yermo is on the road again and finishing off 2014 the same way he did last year, in Las Vegas, playing in the North American Open. You can watch the live games or see what Stockfish has to say about Yermo's games at: sdchess.org/chess-games/2014-north-american-open

Yermo opted out of the cheap airline prices to Vegas and  took long way, first stopping in Lubbock, Texas  to see his friend Onischuk. Alexander Onischuk is the Coach of the Chess  Club of Texas Tech University, known as the Knight Raiders. Then on to Arizona to visit with his friend and former student Danny Rensch.

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SF Chess League Warm-ups at Ronning Library on Wednesday, April 27 from 6-9. Also Thursday May 26 and Thursday June 23 from 6-9.