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Yuri Balashov vs Alexander G Beliavsky
"The Balashov Ballet" (game of the day Mar-19-2022)
USSR Championship (1986), Kiev URS, rd 10, Apr-??
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-09  returnoftheking: This wild game won the best game award of the '86 championship.
Jul-20-09  kellmano: I can see why. It's a great game. Unbalanced as you like. No normal Catalan. Kramnik would probably be disgusted.
Jul-20-09  returnoftheking: hehe. Not the "new" Kramnik of Dordtmund;)
Mar-19-22  Brenin: An entertaining game. The mating attack after 31 ... Qf7, starting with 32 Qd4+, is an interesting challenge.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Uhhhhhhhhhhh...what happened? Easily one of the most confusing games in my experience. Even more astonishing, 50% of the moves consisted of known theory. 16...Ra6 constituted Black's attempt to improve upon Chernin vs Yudasin, 1984
Mar-19-22  andrewjsacks: Pun well done.
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  HeMateMe: Balashov reminds us why we play chess.
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  MissScarlett: It only just occurred that although this game took place during the good old, bad old days of the Soviet Union, it features a Russian beating a Ukrainian. Apologies all round.
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  OhioChessFan: One of the better puns this year.
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  MissScarlett: It's a pity all puns can't be better than average. But the average can be better. #dobetter
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  OhioChessFan: Quit running so many of your poor efforts and the average would improve immediately.
Mar-19-22  goodevans: This rather wild opening was 'doing the rounds' in the Soviet Union in the early to mid-80s following Black's spectacular capitulation in Gulko vs Mikhalchishin, 1981 and, as <An Englishman> points out it followed Chernin vs Yudasin, 1984 as far as 16.Rxa1.

I'm sure Beliavsky would have been aware of that game so it's a little surprising that he was in trouble so soon after departing from it's script.

Mar-19-22  Ironmanth: Ballsy attack by Beliavsky! Thanks for this one. Y'all stay safe, be kind, and play lots of chess.
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  fredthebear: A bit more tournament detail here:

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