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Yuri Balashov
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Number of games in database: 2,103
Years covered: 1959 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2462 (2412 rapid, 2335 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2581
Overall record: +655 -277 =1141 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (254) 
    B20 B25 B23 B46 B83
 Ruy Lopez (147) 
    C84 C92 C78 C95 C82
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (91) 
    C84 C92 C95 C96 C99
 French Defense (76) 
    C05 C18 C07 C00 C10
 King's Indian Attack (62) 
 Caro-Kann (58) 
    B10 B17 B11 B12 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B40 B46 B96 B83 B31
 Ruy Lopez (160) 
    C92 C91 C95 C77 C85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (105) 
    C92 C91 C95 C93 C85
 Queen's Indian (83) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (81) 
    E32 E55 E34 E46 E20
 English (60) 
    A14 A17 A15 A13 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Balashov vs J Penrose, 1966 1-0
   Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1986 1-0
   K Grigorian vs Balashov, 1974 0-1
   A Sznapik vs Balashov, 1990 0-1
   Balashov vs P Biyiasas, 1976 1-0
   Balashov vs R Sabjanov, 1994 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs Balashov, 1976 0-1
   Balashov vs Andersson, 1973 1-0
   Balashov vs Romanishin, 1978 1-0
   Balashov vs Bareev, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   International Junior Tournament (1967)
   Vilnius Zonal (1975)
   Karlovac (1979)
   Seversk (1997)
   Hoogovens (1973)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   Capablanca Memorial (1975)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Hoogovens-B (1965)
   World Senior Teams Championship (65+) (2017)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   World Senior 65+ (2017)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   A Few Choice Games by Yuri Balashov by Resignation Trap

   🏆 St Petersburg-ch Seniors
   S Ionov vs Balashov (Oct-02-22) 1/2-1/2
   Kirill Somkin vs Balashov (Sep-21-21) 0-1
   Balashov vs V Borisenko (Sep-20-21) 1/2-1/2
   Balashov vs S Sargsyan (Sep-19-21) 0-1
   A Barseghyan vs Balashov (Sep-19-21) 1-0

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(born Mar-12-1949, 74 years old) Russia

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Yuri Sergeyevich Balashov was born in Shadrinsk, Russia (formerly USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title 1973, he was Moscow champion in 1970. He was 2nd to Anatoly Karpov in the 1976 USSR Championship and achieved a number of fine results in strong international tournaments. He also acted as a second to Boris Spassky in his 1992 rematch against Robert James Fischer. 1st in the Moscow Open - D (veteran's division in the event) held in February 2014. (1) Balashov is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2006).

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Last updated: 2022-02-25 13:24:32

 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sarvarov vs Balashov 0-1301959?D04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. V Panikovsky vs Balashov  0-1431963ShadrinskC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
3. Balashov vs Sukochev 1-0251964URSD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. V Shcherbakov vs Balashov  0-1411964LeningradA16 English
5. A Chistiakov vs Balashov  1-0291964LeningradB07 Pirc
6. Balashov vs M Christoph  ½-½261965HastingsB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Balashov vs A Hollis  1-0411965HastingsD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. Balashov vs Keene ½-½251965HastingsA43 Old Benoni
9. Balashov vs L Borodiansky  1-0351965MoscowE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
10. Balashov vs J Piket  0-1401965Hoogovens-BA72 Benoni, Classical without 9.O-O
11. Balashov vs A Giustolisi  1-0481965Hoogovens-BB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. E Gereben vs Balashov  1-0761965Hoogovens-BA05 Reti Opening
13. Balashov vs N Karaklajic  ½-½451965Hoogovens-BE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
14. G Kieninger vs Balashov  ½-½401965Hoogovens-BB58 Sicilian
15. Balashov vs H Crabbendam  1-0411965Hoogovens-BB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. H Kramer vs Balashov  ½-½851965Hoogovens-BA08 King's Indian Attack
17. Balashov vs H Mueller  1-0351965Hoogovens-BE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
18. D D van Geet vs Balashov 0-1431965Hoogovens-BA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Balashov vs P de Rooi  1-0391965Hoogovens-BE90 King's Indian
20. J Flesch vs Balashov  0-1371965Hoogovens-BA15 English
21. Balashov vs A Vitolinsh  1-0411966URS-chTB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. Balashov vs M Christoph  ½-½261966HastingsB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Balashov vs Tukmakov  0-1491966URS-chTE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
24. Balashov vs M Podgaets 1-0401966URS-chTC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Balashov vs Mecking 0-1561966Hastings 1966/67C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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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.
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  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.

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  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?
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  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
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

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  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.

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  Messiah: He is currently participating in the European Senior Team Championship u65 2019.
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  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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He was one of two seconds to Taimanov in his candidates quarterfinal against Fischer.

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