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GM Yermolinsky: Spice it up!



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GM Alex Yermolinsky participated in the Spice Cup, a strong open held in St. Louis and organized by the famous GM Susan Polgar.
GM Yermo shared 4th overall (and won the Senior section), playing a good event.

Today, in his bimonthly live show, Alex told us about his 4th round game against the young and strong US GM Sam Sevian.

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GM Alex Yermolinsky and GM Sam Sevian


The analysis provided by GM Alex is top-notch, as usual, but the thing that makes this show remarkable is the human aspects that the GM discusses.
It is not easy for a Senior to endure the stress that open tournaments inevitably bring upon you. Teo or three games a day is a demanding task. Yermo told us about the limitations that age brings upon you, including the psychological aspects of it: "It's hard to stay positive on your chess when you dwell in your past and your mistakes."
But Alex, at 59, is still a fierce fighter. 
Until round 4, GM Yermo wasn't happy about his performance.  Round 4 game was the tables turner for him, and he actually lost it! But Alex's spirit and love for the game helped him take the loss as a boost. After all, he could have won the game, and anyway, he had been able to fight with a strong and young GM until the play over increment.

GM Yermolinsky annotated this fantastic game for us:


Here is the game:


Click HERE to download the PGN with GM Alex Yermolinsky's annotation.