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Bologan 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Viktor Bologan
Number of games in database: 1,466
Years covered: 1989 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2643 (2647 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +455 -272 =456 (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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (253) 
    B90 B30 B40 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C67 C84 C78 C92 C96
 French Defense (72) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C01
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (59) 
    C84 C92 C96 C88 C93
 Sicilian Najdorf (54) 
    B90 B92 B93
 Caro-Kann (49) 
    B12 B19 B14 B10 B17
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (113) 
    E97 E63 E92 E94 E81
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B42 B43 B22 B40
 Caro-Kann (64) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (58) 
    A50 A41 E10 A46 A45
 Robatsch (53) 
    B06
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E32 E54 E21 E20 E53
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
   I Saric vs Bologan, 2014 0-1
   Bologan vs A Adly, 2009 1-0
   Bologan vs B Redon, 1994 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Bologan, 2005 0-1

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

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   4SAM: Paulsen Bologana by Wookash
   jvasea1990's favorite games by jvasea1990
   Europe's best by Vasilyev90

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VIKTOR BOLOGAN
(born Dec-14-1971, 42 years old) Moldova

[what is this?]
GM (1991), world renowned theoretician and currently (September 2014) 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), raising his rating up to 2700 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).

He lives in Germany.

Wikipedia article: Victor Bologan


 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,466  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bologan vs D Ruzele  1-032 1989 URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
2. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½20 1989 KramatorskB06 Robatsch
3. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-153 1989 URS-chTJA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½27 1989 Ch URS (team) (juniors)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. Glek vs Bologan  0-136 1991 MoscowC41 Philidor Defense
6. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½45 1991 Azov URS ch ttC55 Two Knights Defense
7. V Ruban vs Bologan  ½-½53 1991 URS-ch58C41 Philidor Defense
8. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-133 1991 Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
9. B Kanstler vs Bologan  0-131 1991 URS-ch58E97 King's Indian
10. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-132 1991 JurmalaB07 Pirc
11. Bologan vs Rublevsky ½-½11 1991 MoscowB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Bologan vs A Frolov 1-041 1991 URS-ch58B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. Bologan vs H Westerinen 1-032 1991 Gausdal (Norway)C50 Giuoco Piano
14. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-044 1991 Nimes 51/123B08 Pirc, Classical
15. Bologan vs Shirov ½-½9 1991 Ch URSC01 French, Exchange
16. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½43 1991 ChW jr,IB40 Sicilian
17. Bologan vs Epishin  ½-½62 1991 URS-ch58B10 Caro-Kann
18. Bologan vs Shirov 0-161 1991 Moscow (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
19. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-050 1991 URS-chTB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. E Magerramov vs Bologan  1-040 1991 URS-ch58E92 King's Indian
21. S Ionov vs Bologan 0-195 1991 URS-ch58E70 King's Indian
22. Glek vs Bologan  0-136 1991 Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
23. Bologan vs S Kiselev  1-031 1991 URS-ch58B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-034 1991 Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
25. Bologan vs A Minasian  ½-½38 1991 URS-ch58B30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,466  PGN Download
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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.
Apr-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Dec-14-11  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.
Apr-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: 18 44 Bologan 2731.9 +44.9 39
40 (14.12.1971)
Jun-13-12
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: GM Bologan has substituted GM Morozevich at Biel.
Aug-02-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Aug-02-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
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'?
Oct-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  Cemoblanca: Just bought http://chessbase-shop.com/de/produc... :]

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

Dec-14-13  Penguincw: Happy 41st birthday Viktor Bologan. :)
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