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Yuri S Balashov vs Viktor Korchnoi
2nd ECC final (1979), Bad Lauterberg FRG, Nov-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  perfidious: Given the Soviet boycott of non-world title qualifiers following Korchnoi's defection to the west, it is not at all likely that this game was played between these opponents at the time.
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  Stonehenge: <perfidious>

It was played in the final of the 2nd European Club Cup.

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  perfidious: Most interesting; I had always believed Korchnoi vs Yusupov, 1981 was the first meeting between Korchnoi and a Soviet player outside the framework of the FIDE title series in the aftermath of Korchnoi's defection.
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  Retireborn: <perf> Korchnoi was top board for Volmac (a Dutch team) and Balashov top board for "Burevestnik". According to Olimpbase they played each other 3 times (all draws), two of which can be found on here.

Balashov had been one of Karpov's seconds in Baguio, so he was no doubt well-prepared for these games.

I learned this some years ago because someone (probably Timman or Speelman) mentioned it in the context of this game, played on second board of the same match:-

Timman vs Smyslov, 1979

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