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Yuri Balashov vs Oleg Romanishin
Lvov Zonal (1978), Lviv UKR, rd 5, Apr-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0
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Dec-11-05  ughaibu: According to his player page, Balashov is a positional player and opening specialist. However his games are full of simple, unusual openings and direct, wild attacks.
Dec-12-05
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  Chessical: Balashov was on top form here, and won the very strong Lvov Zonal of 1978. He then went on to be third in the 1979 Soviet Championship. <7.0-0> allowing 7...Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bxc3 9.Rb1 for central predominance, an early <d5> push, and the open diagonal from a1..h8 is a very interesting idea.

Perhaps <14...f6!?> was a better try in the long run, and after 15.Nf3 <f5>

If <15...c6>, then 16.f4! cxd5 17.cxd5 exd5 18.f5! dxe4 19.f6 fxg7 with the threat of Nf6+

I can see no viable alternative defence from move 22, e.g.:

<22...Qf7> 23.f5 Ne7 24.f6 and wins;

or

<22...Re8> 23.Rg3 Qe4 24.Qxe4 Rxe4 25.f5 Ne5 26.f6 Bb4 27.Rg7+ Kh8 28.Bxe5 Rxe5 29.Rxd7 and wins.

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