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|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.
|Nov-22-13|| ||Yopo: World Seniors
Balashov's quiet win:
[Event "Wch Seniors 23rd 2013"]
[White "Rogulj, Branko"]
[Black "Balashov, Yuri S"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Nge2 d6 7. O-O Rb8 8.
h3 f5 9. exf5 Bxf5 10. Ng3 Bc8 11. Re1 Nf6 12. Qe2 Rb7 13. Rb1 O-O 14. Bd2 Nd5
15. Nxd5 cxd5 16. b3 e6 17. Rf1 Qh4 18. Qg4 Qxg4 19. hxg4 e5 20. f3 Rbf7 21. c4
e4 22. dxe4 Be5 23. f4 Bd4+ 24. Kh2 dxc4 25. f5 c3 26. Bf4 d5 27. exd5 h5 28.
Ne4 hxg4 29. Rbc1 Rxf5 30. g3 Bb7 31. Nxc3 Rh5+ 32. Kg2 Bxc3 33. Rxc3 Bxd5+ 34.
Kg1 g5 35. Rxc5 gxf4 36. Rxf4 Rxf4 37. gxf4 g3 0-1
|Mar-12-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 65th birthday to GM Yuri Balashov. Glad to see he's still playing.|
|May-24-14|| ||john barleycorn: Allegedly, Balashov has graduated from university with a work on Bobby Fischer's games.
Does anybody know about it?|
|May-24-14|| ||perfidious: <Dick Brain: Botvinnik some years ago claimed that Balashov has no talent. He has good opening preperation (sic)but afterward he is an ordinary GM and is as helpless as a kitten.>|
Never heard this one--sounds more like one of Fischer's pronouncements.
|May-24-14|| ||Peter Nemenyi: <john barleycorn: Allegedly, Balashov has graduated from university with a work on Bobby Fischer's games. Does anybody know about it?>|
Soltis writes in his book on Fischer that "Yuri Balashov was 22 in 1971 but had become the Soviet expert on Fischer's play after writing a dissertation about him while attending the Institute of Physical Culture". If the High Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow was and is a real university, a copy of the dissertation should be preserved there. Googling suggests that it was just a glorified sports-training facility, though. Perhaps our Russian contributors can clarify the point.
|May-24-14|| ||john barleycorn: Thanks, <Peter Nemenyi>.|
|Feb-11-15|| ||Poisonpawns: "Yury Balashov was unique. In the Botvinnik School he already knew every participant of every Soviet Championship, including every game, and of course, the results. He could instantly calculate on which day of the week, let's say, March 5th, 1923 fell." A.Karpov|
|Feb-11-15|| ||offramp: It was a Sunday.|
|Mar-01-15|| ||transpose: It was a Monday. Even with Google, I would have been slow to answer compared to Balashov. However, actress Marilu Henner would have gotten that right, as do the few others who possess such a memory. I wonder if any of those people --other than Balashov--ever took up chess? Probably. Balashov is not likely to be alone. Maybe some of the current top players have that kind of memory. Carlsen reportedly knew all the world capitals at an extremely young age (age 3 I believe).|
|Mar-01-15|| ||transpose: BTW, has anyone seen my glasses? They have got to be around here somewhere.|
|Mar-01-15|| ||perfidious: <transpose> Ah cain't find mine either!|
It's hail gittin old, y'know.
|Mar-02-15|| ||hemy: In July 1967 I played against Balashov (Lithuania - Russian Federation match) at USSR Team Championship. N Kasimovas vs Balashov, 1967
Because of his superior opening knowledge I played not theoretical opening 1.d4 Nf6 2.Kf3 g6 3.Nc3
On 14th move he offered draw. Captain of Lithuanian Team Vladas Mikenas offered to the captain of Russian Federation team B. Spasski, as a trade, draw on 2 boards, including one game more from that match. It was accepted.|
|Mar-03-15|| ||Benzol: <hemy> is this
N Kasimovas vs Balashov, 1967 your game against Balashov?
|Mar-03-15|| ||hemy: hemy: <Benzol>
Yes, this is my game against Balashov.
I knew that it is crazy idea to compete with Balashov, that already won many international tournaments, in openings knowledge and decided to improvise in opening. I didn't play in tournaments from 1965, after entering Kaunas Polytechnic Institute. Since Lithuania team didn't have better player under 20, (each team required one), I was called to training camp and played in tournament.
After 14 moves Balashov became nervous and started peace negotiation. As a team member I had to consult with Vladas Mikenas.
|Mar-12-16|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Balashov! I wasn't aware that he's still playing in chess tournaments until now. It's great to see that he's still playing in them & still performing well at a very high level!|
|Mar-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Yuri Balashov.|
|Jun-06-17|| ||althus: Balashov-Beliavsky in round 7 of the 2017 Euro Championship. Combined age, 131:|
Is it just me or does Balashov not look all that good for 68? Russian life is hard life.
|Sep-22-19|| ||Messiah: He is currently participating in the European Senior Team Championship u65 2019.|
|Sep-22-19|| ||Fusilli: <althus: ... Is it just me or does Balashov not look all that good for 68? Russian life is hard life.>|
I think Balashov looks fine for his age. Or maybe you mean Beliavsky? It's not a good photo of Beliavsky. In other current photos, Beliavsky also looks about his age. That said, I think professional GM life is a hard life, especially as players age.
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