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Vasilios Kotronias vs Viktor Antonovich Bologan
"Bologan's Immortal" (game of the day Jul-09-2012)
6th Aeroflot Festival (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  0-1
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Feb-19-07  Per: Great struggle!
Feb-27-07  Resignation Trap: On his website, http://www.bologan.md , Viorel states that this was the most beautiful game he played in his career. He wasn't feeling well during this tournament, and this game was a bright spot in an otherwise subpar performance.
Feb-28-07  Plato: Quite a game indeed. 26...Rxe4!! is simply stunning.
Feb-28-07  whatthefat: Astonishingly complex tactical battle! There are so many pretty ideas along the way that didn't even make it on to the board. This is a real gem.
Apr-22-07  Atking: I read with a great pleasure the GM Bologan's comment in Europe Echecs. His comments are very honest and emotive. This game is like a theorical revenche of another fabulous battle Anand vs Adams. Still I think 23.Qd2!!? is stronger than 23.Be3. If 26.Nh2! doesn't work because of 26. ...Rxe4!! already Black is better after 24. ...Qf6. Bologan suggests on 23.Qd2! 23. ...NxRe1!? or 23. ...Bxd5! without much analysis. I suspect 24.Nxh6+ BxNh6 25.QxBh6 Qxf2+ 26.Kh2 NxRe1 27.Nh4 as Anand played. Then 24. ...Ra7 (A point of 23. ...Bxd5. this rook protect the 7th rank after and eventual xg6. 24. ...Re7 25.Nf5! QxRg3+ 26.NxRg3 and 27.Bg5) 25.Be3 Qxb2 26.Nxg6 Nf3+ 27.RxNf3 Qg7 28.QxQg7+ KxQg7 29.Bd4+ Kh7 30.Nf8+ Kg8 31.exBd5 White is better
Sep-30-07  sanyas: 34... ♘f2?? Actually I saw that after this White can play Be7 but i completely miss that beside the threat of taking the queen white also wants to give check on f8. Instead I should go for 34... ♘e5! 35. ♘g4 ♘xg4 (35... ♘5f3 is also winning and even more nice: 36. ♖xf3 ♘xf3 37. ♔g3 ♕d4 38. gxf3 ♖g1 39. ♔h4 ♖e1) 36. ♖xg4 ♘xg2 37. ♖e4 (37. ♔xg2 ♕xb2; 37. ♖xg2 ♕e5 38. ♖g3 ♕xb2 39. ♖g2 ♕e5 40. ♖g3 ♖a2 41. ♔h1 ♕e1 42. ♖g1 ♕e4 43. ♖g2 ♕xg2#) 37... ♖e1;

35. ♘c2??

(35. ♗e7!!)

Dec-26-07  myschkin: An annotation by IM Ivan Smykovsky (http://www.e3e5.com/author.php?id=1...) of this game can be found at http://www.e3e5.com/article.php?id=...

<Novelties in Zaitsev Variation of Ruy Lopez frequently crop up after the move 20, just the way it occurred in the following baffling game, which has not been easy to sort out at all.>

Dec-26-07
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  whiteshark: Thanks for the links, <myschkin>!

Maybe the critical phase of the game:

<34.Ne3?<>>: In was necessary to play <34.Nd2!>, and after <34...g5!> (34...Qe5 35.Ne4! Qxe4 36.Bxd6 Ne5 37.Qf8+ Ke6 38.Bxe5 Qxe5 39.Qe8 ) <35.Qxf6+ Kxf6 36.Ne4+ Kf7 37.Bxd6> and White retains drawing chances.


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Dec-26-07  myschkin: (und dir dafür, den hier manchmal achso "seriösen" rahmen - äusserst frech und firm, spielend aus den angeln zu hebeln ^^)
Apr-14-09  dwavechess: 41/55 concur with Rybka 3 at 3 min. per move for Bologan
Apr-14-09  Bobsterman3000: Whoa!!

You could write ten volumes of analysis on this game and still not even scratch the surface of the underlying complexities... I wouldn't even know where to start.

Jul-12-09  totololo: This is a BOLOGAN"s IMMORTAL GAME!

I think that the theme is DOMINATION! but the depth is so great that .... it is difficult to find words....

Dec-14-10  mastermind7994: This game can only be described as artistic.
Jul-09-12  rilkefan: Playing over the game I was thinking, "Eh, another Ruy Lopez, whatever", but it just kept getting more interesting.
Jul-09-12  xthred: The coordination of Black's pieces!
Jul-09-12
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  kevin86: The entourage of pawns wins it for black. Ok,which pawn is Johnny Drama and which is Turtle?
Jul-09-12  backrank: So far, I had known Bologan only from his brilliant loss against Moro:

Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004

Some people indeed acquire fame by losing games! Or do you think we would else still remember Kieseritsky, Dufresne, Schulten, Meek ...

Jul-09-12  capablancakarpov: Only known for that loss against Moro?
You should check this:

Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005

Jul-09-12  SirChrislov: The white side got quickly invaded after 26...Rxe4!. That was an awesome shot. Black commanded all the way after that move.
Jul-09-12  hedgeh0g: An astoundingly complex game and a beautiful one at that.
Jul-09-12  freeman8201: Yeah, Viktor is good at middle-game piece play. I was reviewing his games on the blitz championship and his 2 modern defense games say it all. This game and those games echo his talent. I don't know about his rapid gameplay with the Caro-Kann as he lost...
Nov-15-17  SpiritedReposte: Somehow black has time for his king to take a stroll with an opposing queen running rampant...I think I've seen it all now.
Nov-15-17
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  OhioChessFan: After a quick play through, I understand about 10 moves total.
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