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Viktor Antonovich Bologan
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,706
Years covered: 1989 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2580 (2575 rapid, 2577 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734

Overall record: +497 -311 =503 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 395 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (273) 
    B90 B30 B33 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C84 C67 C78 C93 C96
 French Defense (81) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C84 C96 C93 C92 C89
 Caro-Kann (57) 
    B12 B18 B11 B13 B10
 French (54) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B90 B42 B50 B43 B40
 King's Indian (120) 
    E97 E63 E92 E94 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (70) 
    A46 A50 E10 A41 A45
 Caro-Kann (67) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Robatsch (63) 
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C67 C95 C65 C99 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007 0-1
   Bologan vs E van Haastert, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs Vaganian, 2006 1-0
   Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005 0-1
   Bologan vs B Redon, 1994 1-0
   Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs A Campanile, 1994 1-0
   Bologan vs B Heberla, 2008 1-0
   Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 1-0
   O de la Riva Aguado vs Bologan, 2001 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Canadian Open (2005)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Club Cup (2004)
   Corus (2004)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   4SAM: Paulsen Bologana by Wookash

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   Bologan vs Kasimdzhanov (Oct-05-18) 0-1
   Bologan vs J Borisek (Oct-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Meier vs Bologan (Sep-28-18) 0-1
   Y Bacallao Alonso vs Bologan (Sep-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   Bologan vs D Anton Guijarro (Sep-26-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-14-1971, 47 years old) Moldova

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GM Viktor Antonovich Bologan (1991), world renowned theoretician and currently (January 2015) the top player in Moldava.

Viorel (Viktor) Bologan was born in Chisinau, Moldova. He began to compete internationally in 1991, reaching the FIDE World Top 100 in ratings when he was in his late twenties. 2003 proved to be a breakthrough year, as Bologan won the Aeroflot Open in Moscow to receive an invitation to the annual Dortmund super tournament. The Dortmund field included World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, and Peter Leko, among others. In what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in modern chess, Bologan took first place by a full point.

In 2005, Bologan tied for first in the 6th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2005), reaching a 2700 rating for the first time in his career. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) as a nominee of the FIDE President, winning his first round game against Bartosz Socko, but was beaten in the second round by Leinier Dominguez Perez. He came =2nd (7th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 8/11, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013), and rejoined the 2700 club for the first time since July 2005. In the first round, he defeated veteran Czech GM Zbynek Hracek but was eliminated from the event when he lost to Russian GM Peter Svidler in the second round rapid game tiebreaker. In October he was 2nd reserve in the Malachite team that won silver in the European Club Cup (2013). Won the Chebanenko Rapid Open 2014 held in April 2014 in Moldova.

A theoretician as well as player, Bologan has written books on openings including: <The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan> (2008); <King's Indian: A Complete Black Repertoire> (2009), and <The Rossolimo Sicilian: A Powerful Anti-Sicilian that Avoids Tons of Theory> (2011), as well as the following training DVDs: <The King's Indian> (2009); <The Caro-Kann> (2009); <The Sicilian Rossolimo for White> (2010); <The Fighting Philidor> (2010); <Beating the Sicilian: Grandmaster Bologan's Repertoire Vol. 1, 2 and 3> (2011); <The Catalan: A complete repertoire for White!> and <Fit for the French>. He has also authored a collection of his games: <Victor Bologan: Selected Games 1985-2004> (2007). His book <Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games: How to Play for a Win if White Avoids the Ruy Lopez> (2014) was the runner-up in's 2014 Book of the Year competition.

He lives in Germany.

Wikipedia article: Victor Bologan

Last updated: 2018-03-05 21:09:32

 page 1 of 69; games 1-25 of 1,706  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½201989KramatorskB06 Robatsch
2. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-1531989URS-chTJA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Bologan vs D Ruzele  1-0321989URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
4. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½271989Ch URS (team) (juniors)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-0441991Nimes 51/123B08 Pirc, Classical
6. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½451991Azov URS ch ttC55 Two Knights Defense
7. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-0341991Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
8. Bologan vs Shirov 0-1611991Moscow (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
9. Glek vs Bologan  0-1361991Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
10. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-0501991URS-chTB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½431991ChW jr,IB40 Sicilian
12. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-1331991Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
13. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-1321991JurmalaB07 Pirc
14. Bologan vs H Westerinen 1-0321991Gausdal (Norway)C53 Giuoco Piano
15. Bologan vs A Minasian  ½-½381991URS-ch58B30 Sicilian
16. Bologan vs S Kiselev  1-0311991URS-ch58B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. B Kantsler vs Bologan  0-1311991URS-ch58E97 King's Indian
18. Bologan vs Shirov ½-½91991URS-ch58C01 French, Exchange
19. V Ruban vs Bologan  ½-½531991URS-ch58C41 Philidor Defense
20. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½111991URS-ch58B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Bologan vs A V Frolov 1-0411991URS-ch58B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Bologan vs Epishin  ½-½621991URS-ch58B10 Caro-Kann
23. S Ionov vs Bologan 0-1951991URS-ch58E70 King's Indian
24. Yurtaev vs Bologan  ½-½271991URS-ch58B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. E Magerramov vs Bologan  1-0401991URS-ch58E92 King's Indian
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Apr-29-12  Blunderdome: Quite a few points to gain in one rating period. Usually you only see the youngsters doing that.
Apr-30-12  notyetagm: 18 44 Bologan 2731.9 +44.9 39
40 (14.12.1971)
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  PhilFeeley: Why aren't his Dortmund or Aeroflot 2003 games among the notables? Who did he beat there?
Jul-25-12  technical draw: GM Bologan has substituted GM Morozevich at Biel.
Aug-02-12  Shams: So, who is Moldova's *second* strongest player?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <Shams: So, who is Moldova's *second* strongest player?>

Why, that would be Viorel Iordachescu

Aug-02-12  Shams: <Troller> You're on top of things.
Oct-17-12  jancotianno: Bologan seems to be losing a lot recently.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Feb-09-13  Tomlinsky: On his Chessbase DVD 'English 1 c4 c5 for Black' Viktor Bologan mentions a blitz match he had online with Fischer in 2005. It is a couple of minutes into the clip on the 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3 variation. Does anyone have any more information, or games, related to this 'event'?
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  PhilFeeley: Another interesting game missing from the database:

Bologan - Romanishin, 1996

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Bb7 12. d5 Nc4 13. b3 Nb6 14.a4 Qc7 15. Na3 b4 16. a5 Nbxd5 17. exd5 bxa3 18. c4 Qxa5 19. Rxa3 Qc7 20. Ng5 Rae8 21. Qd3 g6 22. Qe2 Qd8 23. Bd2 Nxd5 24. Nxh7 Kxh7 25. cxd5 Kg7 26. b4 cxb4 27. Bxb4 Qb6 28. Rg3 Qb5 29. Qh5 Rh8 30. Rxg6+ fxg6 31. Qxg6 Kf8 32. Qf5+ Kg8 33. Re3 Rh6 34. Rg3+ Kh8 35. Bd2 1-0

Nov-20-13  Cemoblanca: Just bought :]

Once again, many thanks for all your hard work and efforts Mr. Bologan & all the best to you & yours. :]

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  Penguincw: Happy 41st birthday Viktor Bologan. :)
Dec-08-14  ketchuplover: happy 42nd birthday soon
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  PhilFeeley: In the second tier at the halfway round at Gibraltar, 3.5/4. Next up: Svidler. This is a real test of a come-back.
Mar-09-15  ketchuplover: Black Weapons in the Open Games is a ChessCafe book of the year finalist!
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  FSR: I was the one who nominated it. It finished a close second. <Tremendous> book, sheer genius. Incredibly thorough (he gives <two> lines against each of White's main tries), brilliant organization, and unlike most authors he understands that most players aren't going to have time to read his whole book - so he tells you the most important things, the stuff you <need> to know, separately. Just a wonderful book! And I don't even play either side of 1.e4 e5.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Though as you well know, I am no longer an active player, just ordered a copy of this work by Bologan--still like to read good stuff wherever I can find it!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> Let me know what you think of it. You already know what I think of it.
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  PhilFeeley: Nice to see Bologan back in action after a long time:

Morozevich - Bologan
Karpov Poikovsky, 2015, round 1

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. d3 Nf6 7. Be3 Qxb3 8. axb3 a6 9. Nh4 Bg6 10. f4 Nbd7 11. h3 Bb4+ 12. Kd1 O-O 13. Nd2 Rfd8 14. Kc2 b5 15. Rhd1 a5 16. Nxg6 hxg6 17. Nf3 Re8 18. Nd4 Rac8 19. Bd2 Nh5 20. cxb5 cxb5+ 21. Kb1 Nxg3 22. Nxb5 Rb8 23. Nd4 Nc5 24. Be3 Nf5 25. Nxf5 gxf5 26. Ka2 Nxb3 27. Rab1 Bd6 28. Ba7 Rb4 29. e4 Ra8 30. Be3 Rab8 0-1

Nov-09-15  SimplicityRichard: Unfortunately the photograph of GM Bologan used on his profile is a poor choice in my opinion; this is simply because his face is almost completely hidden and one who doesn't know or has never seen Victor would be nonplussed.#
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  offramp: <SimplicityRichard: Unfortunately the photograph of GM Bologan used on his profile is a poor choice>

You are right. It is 80% hand! Perhaps User: bidmonfa could help.

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  offramp: <SimplicityRichard: Unfortunately the photograph of GM Bologan used on his profile is a poor choice>

You are right. It is 80% hand! Perhaps User: bidmonfa could help.

Nov-24-15  Hawkman: "While Levon Aronian's result was one of the best of the tournament, Victor Bologan's performance was even better with a 2845 TPR"


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  PhilFeeley: Happy birthday, Victor! Here's hoping for a better photo.
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