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Russian GM Yury Balashov was born in Shadrinsk on 12 March 1949. He participated in the fourteen USSR championships. His best result was clear second place in 1976 (behind Karpov, ahead of Petrosian, Polugaevsky, Dorfman, Tal, Smyslov and many others). At the 24th Chess Olympiad in 1980 he played on the Soviet team and scored 7½/10 as the first board reserve.

He also played on the Soviet team at the 1970, 1973, 1977 and 1980 European team championships. According to the MEGA-09 database, Balashov has a positive score against such GMs as Beliavsky, Geller, Kholmov, Kupreichik, Psakhis, Razuvaev, Savon, Tseshkovsky, Tukmakov, Vaganian. He played many games against each of them. His highest rating of 2600, was achieved in 1979, 1980, 1981. It was the elite level then.

Source: ChessToday.net

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