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Viktor Bologan
Number of games in database: 1,484
Years covered: 1989 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2605 (2623 rapid, 2605 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +462 -278 =461 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      283 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (254) 
    B90 B30 B40 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C67 C78 C84 C92 C96
 French Defense (71) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C01
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (57) 
    C84 C92 C96 C88 C93
 Sicilian Najdorf (54) 
    B90 B92 B93
 Caro-Kann (49) 
    B12 B19 B14 B10 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (115) 
    B90 B42 B43 B22 B23
 King's Indian (114) 
    E97 E63 E92 E94 E81
 Caro-Kann (64) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    A50 A41 E10 A46 A45
 Robatsch (53) 
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E32 E21 E54 E53 E20
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007 0-1
   Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005 0-1
   Bologan vs Vaganian, 2006 1-0
   Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs E van Haastert, 2005 1-0
   Bologan vs P Schlosser, 2004 1-0
   Bologan vs B Redon, 1994 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Bologan, 2005 0-1
   Bologan vs A Adly, 2009 1-0
   I Saric vs Bologan, 2014 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2006)
   Canadian Open (2005)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   4SAM: Paulsen Bologana by Wookash
   Caro-Kann: Peter Wells-Grandmaster Secrets by DanBoyle
   Europe's best by Vasilyev90

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(born Dec-14-1971, 43 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 6 march 2015

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,484  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½20 1989 KramatorskB06 Robatsch
2. Bologan vs D Ruzele  1-032 1989 URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
3. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½27 1989 Ch URS (team) (juniors)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-153 1989 URS-chTJA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Bologan vs A Frolov 1-041 1991 URS-ch58B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-132 1991 JurmalaB07 Pirc
7. Bologan vs H Westerinen 1-032 1991 Gausdal (Norway)C50 Giuoco Piano
8. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-034 1991 Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
9. Bologan vs Epishin  ½-½62 1991 URS-ch58B10 Caro-Kann
10. Bologan vs Shirov ½-½9 1991 Ch URSC01 French, Exchange
11. E Magerramov vs Bologan  1-040 1991 URS-ch58E92 King's Indian
12. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-050 1991 URS-chTB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. S Ionov vs Bologan 0-195 1991 URS-ch58E70 King's Indian
14. Glek vs Bologan  0-136 1991 Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
15. Bologan vs Shirov 0-161 1991 Moscow (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
16. Bologan vs S Kiselev  1-031 1991 URS-ch58B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½45 1991 Azov URS ch ttC55 Two Knights Defense
18. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-044 1991 Nimes 51/123B08 Pirc, Classical
19. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½11 1991 MoscowB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Bologan vs A Minasian  ½-½38 1991 URS-ch58B30 Sicilian
21. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-133 1991 Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
22. V Ruban vs Bologan  ½-½53 1991 URS-ch58C41 Philidor Defense
23. Yurtaev vs Bologan  ½-½27 1991 Ch URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½43 1991 ChW jr,IB40 Sicilian
25. B Kantsler vs Bologan  0-131 1991 URS-ch58E97 King's Indian
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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 Viorelīs 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!
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  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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  technical draw: GM Bologan has substituted GM Morozevich at Biel.
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  Shams: So, who is Moldova's *second* strongest player?
Aug-02-12  Troller: <Shams: So, who is Moldova's *second* strongest player?>

Why, that would be Viorel Iordachescu

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  Shams: <Troller> You're on top of things.
Oct-17-12  jancotianno: Bologan seems to be losing a lot recently.
Dec-14-12  brankat: Happy Birthday!
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  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

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  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!
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  FSR: <perfidious> Let me know what you think of it. You already know what I think of it.
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