Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Anatoly Karpov vs Yuri Balashov
USSR 30/607 (1980)
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1


explore this opening
find similar games 14 more Karpov/Balashov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-30-05  Whitehat1963: A sitting champion loses as white in a long and excellent battle. Where did Karpov go wrong?
Jun-30-05  micartouse: <Where did Karpov go wrong?> Good question. I'm not sure where Karpov developed a worse position overall ...

However, his last move 85. Qf1 was apparently a mistake since he removes his queen from the area where she can give perpetual. He must have thought he was preventing ... f5. I don't blame him, what a tough position.

Maybe he could have drawn it otherwise.

Jun-30-05  aw1988: 85. Kh2!, while brilliantly daring might just be the drawing move.
Jun-30-05  micartouse: <aw1988> Good plan. :) I was analyzing 85. gxh6+, but I couldn't find a draw.
Apr-01-07  Resignation Trap: Karpov missed his chance to draw with 77.Qd5? Instead he should try 77.Rg1! and if 77...Qxg1 78.Qxf7+! with an inevitable stalemate.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "Friends are friends...but business is business! Yuri Balashov and I have been good friends ever since we played in junior competitions together. Nevertheless, each time we meet at the board a fierce battle ensues."

- Anatoly Karpov (referring to this game)

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The position before the final move of this mighty clash could easily be a PotD.

This game serves as an object example of how very difficult it was to defeat Karpov in his prime: he typically lost no more than two or three tournament games per year in that phase of his career.

Mar-12-16  cunctatorg: Well, this game is one for which Yuri Balashov should be pretty proud!! It is a pity that's such "a fierce battle", in between tactics and the hard chapter of positional play, named by Nimzowitsch "maneuvering against weaknesses", is not widely known or even famous!!

By the way, it seems to me that Anatoly Karpov was in his prime from ... 1972 until ... 1996 ... or 1998?!?

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
from QUEEN ENDINGS by gambitfan
2:3|| Balashov's mastery
from 95a_QR endgames --> Heavy pieces in action by whiteshark
from QUEEN'S INDIAN DEFENCE by gambitfan
from 59_Fixit with ..c4! - the Stockholm/Lima Syndrom by whiteshark
A Few Choice Games by Yuri Balashov
by Resignation Trap
Balashov ! Go find Taimanov if you touch to our Darling!
from Endings by totololo

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC