Yuri Balashov, born March 12, 1949, is a Russian Grandmaster (1973) from Moscow. He won the Moscow championship in 1970. He played in 15 Russian championships from 1969 to 1986, taking 2nd place in 1976 (behind Karpov). He served as second for Karpov at the world championship matches in 1978, 1981, and 1984. In 1985 he withdrew from the Taxco Interzonal Tournament after 11 rounds due to illness. He had won one game, drew 7 games, and lost 3 games at the time. He ended up in last place. In 1992, he served as second for Boris Spassky during his match with Bobby Fischer.