Yuri Balashov

Yuri Sergeyevich Balashov (Russian: Ю́рий Серге́евич Балашо́в; born 12 March 1949) is a Russian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1973.

Yuri Balashov
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Yuri Balashov in 1973
Full nameYuri Sergeyevich Balashov
CountryUSSR → Russia
Born (1949-03-12) 12 March 1949 (age 71)
Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast, RSFSR, USSR
TitleGrandmaster (1973)
FIDE rating2462 (September 2020)
Peak rating2600 (January 1979)

Chess careerEdit

Born in Shadrinsk, Balashov was awarded the grandmaster title in 1973. Balashov was champion of Moscow in 1970 and runner-up to Anatoly Karpov in the 1976 USSR Championship. In 1977, he won Lithuanian Championship.[1] He tied for first place at Lone Pine 1977 and at Wijk aan Zee 1982. In 2014, he won the Senior Tournament at the Moscow Open[2] and tied with Anatoly Vaisser, Viktor Kupreichuk and Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk for first in the World Senior Championship in the 65+ section. Balashov took the silver medal on tiebreak.[3] In the 2018 edition he tied with Vlastimil Jansa for first and again took silver on tiebreak.[4]

Balashov represented the USSR in several team events. He played on the second board for the USSR team at the 1971, 1972, and 1974 World Student Team Championships, winning the second board individual gold in 1971, when he was an international master, with a score of 6½/8 points. Balashov played in four European Team Chess Championships, 1970, 1973, 1977, and 1980, winning the individual gold on the fifth board in 1977. At the 24th Chess Olympiad in 1980, he scored 7½/10 as the first board reserve to help the USSR team win the gold medal.[5]

Balashov played for team "Russia 1" which won the European Senior Team Championship in 2014.[6] He also played for the gold medal-winning Russian team at the World Senior Team Championships in the 65+ section in 2015, 2016,[7] 2017, 2018,[8] 2019.[9]

Chess strengthEdit

In the 1970s and early 1980s he was one of the top 25 chess players in the world. According to Chessmetrics, at his peak in July 1977 Balashov's play was equivalent to a rating of 2715, and he was ranked number 11 in the world. His best single performance was at Moscow (URS Championship), 1976, where he scored 10½/16 possible points (66%) against 2688-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2773.[10]


In 1992, he was Boris Spassky’s second in Yugoslavia during the "Revenge Match of the 20th century" against Bobby Fischer. In 2005 Balashov was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.


Yuri Balashov in 1965

Notable gamesEdit


  • Prandstetter, Eduard; Balashov, Yuri (1992). Basic Endgames. Prague Chess Agency. ISBN 80-901056-0-2.


  1. ^ 1977 Lietuvos šachmatų čempionatas (in Lithuanian)
  2. ^ Popova, Galina (12 February 2014). "Moscow Open 2014 attracts over 1700 competitors". ChessBase. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "The Week in Chess 1044". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ "28th Senior World Chess Championship in Bled". FIDE. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ Men's Chess Olympiads: Yury Balashov. Olimpbase.org. Retrieved on 2012-11-07.
  6. ^ "Russia takes gold in European Senior Team Championship". Chessdom. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  7. ^ Nunn, John (17 July 2016). "World Senior Team Championship 2016". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  8. ^ Yermolinsky, Alex (18 July 2018). "Senior Team Champions: USA and Russia". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Russia 65+ and USA won the World Senior Championships". arbiters.fide.com. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  10. ^ Moscow (URS Championship), 1976 Archived 9 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Chessmetrics.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-07.

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