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Viktor Antonovich Bologan
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,685
Years covered: 1989 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2610 (2575 rapid, 2577 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734

Overall record: +493 -300 =497 (57.5%)*
   * 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 (276) 
    B90 B30 B40 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C67 C78 C84 C92 C96
 French Defense (79) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C84 C92 C96 C88 C89
 Caro-Kann (58) 
    B12 B19 B11 B14 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (56) 
    B90 B92 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B90 B42 B50 B23 B43
 King's Indian (118) 
    E97 E63 E92 E94 E81
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A50 A41 A46 A45 E10
 Caro-Kann (69) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Robatsch (64) 
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C67 C95 C65 C99 C91
Repertoire Explorer

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 B Redon, 1994 1-0
   Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs B Heberla, 2008 1-0
   Bologan vs A Campanile, 1994 1-0
   Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Bologan, 2005 0-1

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)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

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

   🏆 European Individual Chess Championship
   S Sargsyan vs Bologan (Mar-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   Bologan vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen (Mar-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Demchenko vs Bologan (Mar-26-18) 1-0
   Bologan vs G Sargissian (Mar-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   Andreas Kelires vs Bologan (Mar-24-18) 0-1

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(born Dec-14-1971, 46 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 68; games 1-25 of 1,685  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bologan vs D Ruzele  1-0321989URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
2. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½201989KramatorskB06 Robatsch
3. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½271989Ch URS (team) (juniors)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-1531989URS-chTJA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Bologan vs Shirov 0-1611991Moscow (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
6. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-0501991URS-chTB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. Glek vs Bologan  0-1361991Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
8. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½431991ChW jr,IB40 Sicilian
9. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-1331991Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
10. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-1321991JurmalaB07 Pirc
11. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-0441991Nimes 51/123B08 Pirc, Classical
12. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-0341991Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
13. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½451991Azov URS ch ttC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Bologan vs H Westerinen 1-0321991Gausdal (Norway)C50 Giuoco Piano
15. Bologan vs S Kiselev  1-0311991URS-ch58B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½111991MoscowB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. B Kantsler vs Bologan  0-1311991URS-ch58E97 King's Indian
18. V Ruban vs Bologan  ½-½531991URS-ch58C41 Philidor Defense
19. Bologan vs A V Frolov 1-0411991URS-ch58B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. Bologan vs Epishin  ½-½621991URS-ch58B10 Caro-Kann
21. Yurtaev vs Bologan  ½-½271991Ch URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. S Ionov vs Bologan 0-1951991URS-ch58E70 King's Indian
23. E Magerramov vs Bologan  1-0401991URS-ch58E92 King's Indian
24. Bologan vs A Minasian  ½-½381991URS-ch58B30 Sicilian
25. Bologan vs Shirov ½-½91991Ch URSC01 French, Exchange
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  PhilFeeley: Does anyone know what's happening with Viorel these days? His website hasn't been updated since this time last year, and I haven't seen his name in any major tournaments these days, including Bundesliga and Aeroflot.
Feb-09-09  sallom89: <PhilFeeley> All I remember is that he is currently training the Qatari team last time I've seen him. I believe this is an enough reason for him not to appear alot those days.
Feb-17-09  YoungEd: I too just picked up a copy of his Selected Games, and I agree with <dx9293>. It's an interesting book and the annotations are good.
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: Live long and prosper!
Oct-23-09  tud: Viorel, vorbesti romaneste? Rusii au luat Basarabia de doua ori in 1812 and 1941 si au schimbat multe dar romanii fac parte din Europa si tu esti o mindrie a Moldovei (Romaniei) ?
Nov-24-09  19842009: full score - that's great!
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3rd place today in Bosna 2010:

Jun-13-10  Don Cossacks: 2nd place in Poikovsky Karpov tournament.Bologan heated like a diesel engine!
Jun-17-10  jmi: No offense to the contributor, but can we have a better picture of him? It could have been anyone in the photo. :)


Dec-14-10  Shams: Strongest player to pick up the Tango, so I'm a fan. :)
Dec-14-10  theodor: theodor: < 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".> I think 'viorel' is nearer to fiore(italian - flower, than to viola - violet!). italians have the name fiorello.
Dec-14-10  theodor: Fiorello Henry La Guardia (pronounced /fiəˈrɛloʊ ləˈšÀwš»rdiə/; born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia; December 11, 1882 šC September 20, 1947) was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a liberal Republican. Previously he was elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930. Irascible, energetic and charismatic, he craved publicity and is acclaimed as one of the three or four greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet tall, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower", diminutive of fiore, Italian for "flower").
Dec-14-10  theodor: <Gologan River (Olt) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Gologan River or Mărioara River or Caracal River is a tributary of the Olt River in Romania. References. Administrația Națională Apelor Române - Cadastrul Apelor - București> maybe this is the ethymology of bologan.
Dec-14-10  theodor: cheren gologan se ne gubi
Dec-14-10  theodor: mr Bologan, wish you all the best, not only in chess!
Dec-14-10  theodor: I apologize for the heavy bombing.
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  wordfunph: "This was my first experience playing in America, and I felt like I had arrived on a different planet. The people looked the same, the houses were made of stone, and the cars rode on wheels --- but to this day, I just cannot get used to the American rhythm of life." (in 1993 New York Open)

- GM Victor Bologan

Source: Victor Bologan's Selected Games 1985-2004

May-30-11  bronkenstein: Just dropped by to say few words on ViorelŽs book on KID .

Sharp and ambitious with black , written with true Gelfandian love of player-researcher , pretty much to my taste =). It made me start playing my ex main (Volga) as a surprise only.

PS , approx 50% of the content , made of offvariations (˝this variation is not so good for black , but...˝ ) could be removed freely , turning this into standard ˝black repertoire˝ stuff and cutting the size to more user friendly format.

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  Penguincw: Happy 40th birthday!
Dec-15-11  bronkenstein: Happy B-day Viorel!
Apr-25-12  jon01: 40-year old Bologan just reached TOP 20 in Live Ratings list with a remarkable 2728,1, just ahead of WC challenger Gelfand (2727,0).
Apr-28-12  hedgeh0g: Yes. In one of the most incredible rating-climbs in recent history, Bologan now lies in 19th place on the live ratings list having gained a whopping 45(!) rating points from 39 games.
Apr-29-12  Blunderdome: Quite a few points to gain in one rating period. Usually you only see the youngsters doing that.
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  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?
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