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Viktor Bologan
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,648
Years covered: 1989 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2640 (2572 rapid, 2675 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734

Overall record: +481 -288 =484 (57.7%)*
   * 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 (271) 
    B90 B30 B40 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C67 C78 C84 C92 C96
 French Defense (78) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C84 C92 C96 C88 C89
 Caro-Kann (57) 
    B12 B19 B14 B11 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (56) 
    B90 B92 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (128) 
    B90 B42 B50 B43 B23
 King's Indian (117) 
    E97 E63 E92 E94 E81
 Queen's Pawn Game (67) 
    A50 E10 A41 A45 A46
 Caro-Kann (67) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Robatsch (63) 
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C67 C95 C99 C65 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007 0-1
   Bologan vs E van Haastert, 2005 1-0
   Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005 0-1
   Bologan vs Vaganian, 2006 1-0
   Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs B Redon, 1994 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Bologan, 2005 0-1
   Bologan vs P Schlosser, 2004 1-0
   O de la Riva Aguado vs Bologan, 2001 0-1
   Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Canadian Open (2005)
   Aeroflot Open (2006)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   4SAM: Paulsen Bologana by Wookash
   Caro-Kann: Peter Wells-Grandmaster Secrets by DanBoyle

   Bologan vs D Howell (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz
   Lu Shanglei vs Bologan (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz
   Bologan vs A Pichot (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz
   V Onischuk vs Bologan (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz
   Bologan vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz

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(born Dec-14-1971, 45 years old) Moldova

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GM (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: 2016-09-01 06:35:44

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,648  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½27 1989 Ch URS (team) (juniors)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½20 1989 KramatorskB06 Robatsch
3. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-153 1989 URS-chTJA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Bologan vs D Ruzele  1-032 1989 URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
5. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-034 1991 Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
6. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½45 1991 Azov URS ch ttC55 Two Knights Defense
7. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-044 1991 Nimes 51/123B08 Pirc, Classical
8. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½43 1991 ChW jr,IB40 Sicilian
9. Glek vs Bologan  0-136 1991 Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
10. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-132 1991 JurmalaB07 Pirc
11. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-133 1991 Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
12. Bologan vs Shirov 0-161 1991 Moscow (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
13. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-050 1991 URS-chTB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Bologan vs H Westerinen 1-032 1991 Gausdal (Norway)C50 Giuoco Piano
15. B Kantsler vs Bologan  0-131 1991 URS-ch58E97 King's Indian
16. V Ruban vs Bologan  ½-½53 1991 URS-ch58C41 Philidor Defense
17. Bologan vs A Frolov 1-041 1991 URS-ch58B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½11 1991 MoscowB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Bologan vs Epishin  ½-½62 1991 URS-ch58B10 Caro-Kann
20. Yurtaev vs Bologan  ½-½27 1991 Ch URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. S Ionov vs Bologan 0-195 1991 URS-ch58E70 King's Indian
22. Bologan vs Shirov ½-½9 1991 Ch URSC01 French, Exchange
23. E Magerramov vs Bologan  1-040 1991 URS-ch58E92 King's Indian
24. Bologan vs A Minasian  ½-½38 1991 URS-ch58B30 Sicilian
25. Bologan vs S Kiselev  1-031 1991 URS-ch58B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,648  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-19-06  waddayaplay: His name is given as Viorel in all major chess magazines.
Dec-14-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of Viktor's combinations:
Feb-04-07  Resignation Trap: If you like to solve chess puzzles, Bologan has a puzzle-solving contest on his website: .
Mar-17-07  Sularus: the above puzzle link doesnt open for me. huhuhu
Mar-29-07  Resignation Trap: <Sularus> Bologan reorganized his website shortly after I posted that message. To see what you (and I) missed, go here: .
Apr-19-07  Sularus: Thanks, Trap. about your avatar, is that one of the three stooges? or is it mikhail tal?

no offense. am just curious.

thanks again.

Apr-21-07  Resignation Trap: <Sularus> Yes, that avatar is of Larry Fine, of the Three Stooges fame (see ), and I mentioned him briefly in my user profile.
Aug-17-07  kramrich: viktor slight against ivanchuk, he's gonna win the FINET CHESS 860 OPEN!
Aug-17-07  kramrich: BOLOGAN WINS!
Aug-17-07  Mameluk: Congratulations to Bologan once again winning a top event, even if a bit different.
Aug-17-07  Eti fan: Congratulations! He beats Ivanchuk
Aug-18-07  Mameluk: Tournaments with such a strong field as this one can be won only by some elite 2700+ player or Bologan.
Aug-18-07  virginmind: bravo bologan!
Dec-14-07  onemorechessplayer: Happy birthday!
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  ketchuplover: Thanks even though my birthday's in July. :)
Dec-14-07  Resignation Trap: La Multi Ani, Viorel!
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  DarthStapler: i don't like balogna!!!!!!!!!
Jul-18-08  urnebes: The picture of Bologan is great. You can see, at a glance, that he is married and... that's all you can see.
Sep-25-08  Bobsterman3000: What happened to this guy? I thought he was headed for 2750 at one point, but he seems to have fallen into the 2nd or 3rd tier of elite GM's...

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  Benzol: <waddayaplay> <His name is given as Viorel in all major chess magazines.>

There's another story, concerning my given name. Mama wanted to call me Viorel from the begining - in fact, that's what she calls me to this day. The problem with that is, there's no such name in the Orthodox baptistery; so they wrote my name as Victor. This is the name that adorns all my official papers, including the rating-list. In Moldovian, Viorel means "violet", while Victor is Latin for "winner". So it is that I have spent my whole life oscillating between two personas: the romantic, cheerful, sweet Moldovian Viorel, and the dry, direct, powerfully driven-to-win, sportingly evil Latin Victor. - from "Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985 - 2004".

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Viktor!
Dec-14-08  sallom89: happy birthday!
Dec-14-08  onemorechessplayer: Happy birthday, Victor (Viorel) ! :))
Dec-14-08  dx9293: Happy Birthday, Victor! I'll never forget Dortmund 2003.

Your autobiography/games collection is absolutely's one of the books I'm working through now. The three "Lessons" after each game are a very nice touch!

Jan-07-09  Cactus: Bologan plays 1...a5 and loses horribly. J Zezulkin vs Bologan, 2005
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