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Victor Bologan
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  

Number of games in database: 2,109
Years covered: 1988 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2574 (2564 rapid, 2511 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +633 -371 =596 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 509 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (368) 
    B90 B30 B40 B31 B43
 Ruy Lopez (137) 
    C84 C67 C78 C92 C93
 French Defense (101) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C19
 Sicilian Najdorf (74) 
    B90 B92 B93
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B12 B18 B13 B11 B17
 French (68) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (165) 
    E63 E97 E92 E60 E94
 Sicilian (152) 
    B90 B42 B43 B22 B50
 Queen's Pawn Game (90) 
    A46 A50 A41 A45 E10
 Robatsch (85) 
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B11
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    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
   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 B Heberla, 2008 1-0
   Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 1-0
   Bologan vs A Campanile, 1994 1-0
   Bologan vs I Rogers, 1995 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Jurmala (1991)
   Enghien-les-Bains 3rd (1999)
   Canadian Open (2005)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   Corus Group A (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   European Club Cup (2004)
   Bosna Open (2010)
   European Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2001)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   European Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Poikovsky 2001 by Tabanus
   Karpov Poikovsky 2002 by Tabanus
   4SAM: Paulsen Bologana by Wookash

   🏆 24th European Teams
   M Bartel vs Bologan (Nov-20-23) 1-0
   Bologan vs Smirin (Nov-19-23) 1-0
   R Mamedov vs Bologan (Nov-18-23) 0-1
   C Ali Marandi vs Bologan (Nov-17-23) 1/2-1/2
   Bologan vs L O Hauge (Nov-15-23) 1-0

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(born Dec-14-1971, 51 years old) Moldova

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GM Victor 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 Karpov Poikovsky (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: 2020-11-29 14:49:15

 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bologan vs V Paranichev  1-0291988USSR Team ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Bologan vs Ivanchuk  ½-½201989URS-chT U20B06 Robatsch
3. Bologan vs D Ruzele 1-0321989URS-chT U20C01 French, Exchange
4. O Sepp vs Bologan  0-1531989URS-chT U20A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Shirov vs Bologan  ½-½271989URS-chT U20D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. S Anapolsky vs Bologan  1-0701991JurmalaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Glek vs Bologan  0-1361991Moskva 52/299C41 Philidor Defense
8. Bologan vs A Sokolov  0-1331991Nimes opC16 French, Winawer
9. A Sokolov vs Bologan 0-1321991JurmalaB07 Pirc
10. Bologan vs T Thorhallsson  1-0401991Gausdal INTB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Bologan vs V Moskalenko  1-0551991Moscow5C10 French
12. Bologan vs A Andrienko  1-0591991JurmalaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Bologan vs O Danielian  1-0311991JurmalaC11 French
14. E Maljutin vs Bologan  0-1311991JurmalaB06 Robatsch
15. Bologan vs T Thorhallsson  1-0401991Peer GyntB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Bologan vs Balashov  ½-½45199119th Soviet Team Championship qual-2C55 Two Knights Defense
17. Bologan vs Onischuk  1-0511991JurmalaB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Bologan vs V Belikov  1-0661991JurmalaB30 Sicilian
19. Bologan vs Shirov 0-1611991Moscow5C78 Ruy Lopez
20. A Aleksandrov vs Bologan  ½-½571991JurmalaC41 Philidor Defense
21. Bologan vs Rublevsky  ½-½431991JurmalaB40 Sicilian
22. Bologan vs Kharlov  1-050199119th Soviet Team Championship qual-2B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. Bologan vs T Harestad  1-0341991Stavanger opB33 Sicilian
24. Psakhis vs Bologan  1-0441991Nimes opB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Bologan vs Landa  ½-½471991JurmalaB40 Sicilian
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Apr-30-12  notyetagm: 18 44 Bologan 2731.9 +44.9 39
40 (14.12.1971)
Jun-13-12  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.
Aug-02-12  Shams: So, who is Moldova's *second* strongest player?
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  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.
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  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. :)
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  ketchuplover: happy 42nd birthday soon
Jan-31-15  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.
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  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.
Oct-02-15  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"


Dec-14-16  PhilFeeley: Happy birthday, Victor! Here's hoping for a better photo.
Dec-14-19  virginmind: Apparently since more than a year and a half Victor Bologan doesn't participate anymore in classical chess events. I see his rating dropped as low as 2574, while in the past 20 years or so it was above 2600 (peaking at 2734 in 2012 I think).

I hope he is OK and no health issues - by the way, many happy returns of the day, today he is 48 yo!

Just found he participated in a simul against kids this autumn, in Chisinau.

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