Camilla Baginskaite

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Camilla Baginskaite
CountryUnited States
formerly: Soviet Union, Lithuania
Born (1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 51)
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleWoman Grandmaster
FIDE rating2140 (October 2017)
Peak rating2365 (April 2002)

Camilla Baginskaite (Lithuanian: Kamilė Baginskaitė; born 24 April 1967[1] in Vilnius,[2] Lithuanian SSR) is an American-Lithuanian chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and chess teacher.

Her mother is the painter Gintautėlė Laimutė Baginskienė. Camilla learned chess from her father, the architect and professor Tadas Baginskas, when she was eight years old, visiting a chess school when she was ten. When she was fifteen years old, in 1982, she became second at Women's Chess Champion of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic behind Esther Epstein. In 1986, she was third after Ildikó Mádl and Svetlana Prudnikova at the Under-20 World Junior Chess Championship in Vilnius, her home city. She then went on to win the event the following year in Baguio. For this achievement she received the title Woman International Master (WIM). The Championship in 1987 was only her second international tournament and her first outside the Soviet Union. She could win Lithuania's Women Chess Championship in Panevėžys in 1992.

In 1997 she moved to San Francisco. Baginskaite studied design in Lithuania and the US with a master's degree in history of art. She is married to Alex Yermolinsky. They have two children, a boy named Ed, born May 17, 1998 and a girl named Greta, born August 21, 2003,[2] and got to know each other at the Chess Olympiad 1996 in Yerevan.

In the year 2000 she won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship together with Elina Groberman. Since Baginskaite won (2-0) against Groberman in the tiebreak, she qualified for the Women's World Chess Championship 2001 in Moscow, where she reached the last sixteen. This was, at the time, the best result for a female U.S. chess player since the Championship was founded in 1927. She was defeated by Xu Yuhua in a tiebreak.

For many years, Baginskaite was a keen participant of team chess and played first board for Lithuania at the Women's Chess Olympiads of 1994 and 1996. She then switched to representing the U.S. team on first board at the Chess Olympiad 2000 and in 2002, played second board. By 2006, there was strong competition for places in the U.S. Olympiad team and she could only make selection for reserve board.[3]

In comparison with other top flight chess players, she has been relatively inactive for long periods since the 1990s.


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