|Jun-02-04|| ||Minor Piece Activity: He has a lot of games in the database... Who is he? |
|Jun-16-04|| ||clocked: Chessmetrics puts him at number 11 in the world in 1977. |
|Jul-06-04|| ||rochade18: Balashov is another important GM who supports (or supported?) a club in the German 1.Bundesliga |
|Jul-08-04|| ||Dick Brain: Botvinnik some years ago claimed that Balashov has no talent. He has good opening preperation but afterward he is an ordinary GM and is as helpless as a kitten. |
|Jul-09-04|| ||weirdoid: IIRC Balashov was a sort of top player (pretty regular top25er) for quite some time in thd 2nd half of 70's / early 80's. He won Hoogoven 1982, for instance, ahead of Timman, Tal, and Portisch (I think).|
With all respect to the great Botvinnik, I always wonder how he could so freely pass withering judgments on others (never mind a mere Balashov, he once described Karpov as knowing nothing and having no chess future). Perhaps he expected everyone to be as well versed in theory as himself, as talented as Capablanca, as determined to win as Fischer, as tactically adept as Tal.
|Jul-09-04|| ||henrilin: Balashov certainly was among the top 20 from about 1973 until 1983 when he suddenly dropped about 50-70 Elo-points for some reason. He won a couple of good tournements in the Soviet Union but also in the west during these years. Just to mention some of them:|
Wilnius zt 1975 9/14 (qualifying for the Interzonal)
Lone Pine 1977 6,5/9
Lvov zt 1978 9/14 (qualifying for the Interzonal)
Wijk an Zee 8/12
His result against the best Soviet players are quite good. He has a positive score against Tukmakov, Sveshnikov, Kupreichik, Tseshkovsky, Beliavsky, Vaganian, Savon, Geller, Kholmov, Psakhis and Smyslov.
His style is mainly positional with well developed opening schemes and tend to give many draws. Not spectacular but very solid.
|Sep-14-04|| ||NMTOR761: He was said to very good tecnical player. |
|Dec-21-04|| ||Benzol: Yuri Sergeyevich Balashov
Born 12th March 1949 in Shadrinsk
Awarded the IM title in 1970 and GM title in 1973. He was also Moscow champion in 1970.
|Mar-12-07|| ||BIDMONFA: Yuri Balashov|
|Feb-25-08|| ||Resignation Trap: A photo of Balashov at Aeroflot 2008: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate... .|
|Mar-12-09|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Yuri.|
|Mar-12-09|| ||TugasKamagong: Happy birthday, Yuri Sergeyevich. You have the same birthday as two guys born on the same day in 1987, Wang Yue and Teimour Radjabov. Cool!|
|Mar-12-11|| ||wordfunph: Russian GM Yuri Sergeevich Balashov has an excellent opening knowledge, industrious and has a superb memory. Those who knew him said he remembers all the chess games he has ever seen!|
happy birthday GM Balashov..
|Mar-12-12|| ||brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!|
|Mar-12-13|| ||Eastfrisian: In younger years I met him life. Very impressive. Happy birthday.|
|Mar-12-13|| ||PawnSac: <henrilin: Balashov certainly was among the top 20 from about 1973 until 1983 when he suddenly dropped about 50-70 Elo-points for some reason.>|
That usually happens when a GM reaches the point they no longer want to work as hard at chess. They still like to play, but don't want to WORK at it. So when they stop studying and staying abreast of all the latest lines and innovations/novelties the strongest GM's are playing, he beings to lose a higher percentage of his games. To stay up on this stuff and to also be active in tournaments, GM's put 4-8 hours a day into research and study.
I mean lets face it, they are "professional" players.