Victor Bologan

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Viktor Bologan
Bologan in 2013
Country Soviet Union
Born (1971-12-14) 14 December 1971 (age 44)
Chişinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2611 (February 2016)
Peak rating 2734 (August 2012)

Viktor (Viorel) Bologan[1] (born 14 December 1971) is a Moldovan chess grandmaster, and a prolific author. His major accomplishment has been winning the Dortmund Sparkassen 2003, ahead of higher-rated and well-known players such as Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, and Peter Leko.

Bologan won the first two editions of the Karpov Poikovsky Tournament, in 2000 and 2001.[2] He tied for first in the same tournament in 2005[3] and 2015.[4] In 2003 he won also the Aeroflot Open, one of the largest open tournaments with 150 grandmasters participating. He won the 2005 Canadian Open Chess Championship. In May 2010, he tied for 1st–2nd with Zahar Efimenko in the 40th Bosna International tournament in Sarajevo.[5]

Bologan played for Moldova in the Chess Olympiads of 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.[6]


  • Bologan, Viktor (2007). Victor Bologan: Selected Games 1985–2004. Russell Enterprises Inc. ISBN 978-1-888690-37-8
  • Bologan, Viktor (2008). The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-246-8.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2009). The King's Indian According to Bologan. A Complete Black Repertoire. Chess Stars. ISBN 978-954-8782-71-5.
  • Bologan, Victor (2011). The Rossolimo Sicilian. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-345-8.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2012). The Powerful Catalan: A Complete Repertoire for White. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-401-1.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2014). Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games: How to Play for a Win if White Avoids the Ruy Lopez. New In Chess. ISBN 9056915436.
  • Bologan, Victor (2015). Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black. How to Play for a Win against the Spanish Opening. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-607-7

ChessBase Fritztrainer opening DVD's[edit]

  • Bologan, Viktor (2009). The King's Indian. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase. ISBN 978-3-86681-139-3.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2009). The Caro–Kann. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase. ISBN 978-3-86681-131-7.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2010). The Sicilian Rossolimo for White. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2010). The Fighting Philidor. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase.
  • Bologan, Viktor (2011). Beating the Sicilian: Grandmaster Bologan's Repertoire Vol. 1, 2 and 3. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase.
  • Bologan, Viktor. The Catalan: A complete repertoire for White! Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase.
  • Bologan, Viktor. Fit for the French. Fritztrainer opening DVD, ChessBase.
Bologan with his wife at Dortmund 2003
Bologan–Anand, Dortmund 2003

Results Timeline for Chess World Cup[edit]

Year 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Chess World Cup 2R A 3R 2R 2R A


  1. ^ Viktor is his official name, Viorel is his home name; according to his autobiography he is called Viorel by his mother.
  2. ^ Silver, Albert (13 May 2014). "XV Karpov-Poikovsky starts with firebrand lineup". ChessBase. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2005-03-07). "TWIC 539: 6th Poikovsky Karpov tournament". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "GM Anton Korobov wins 16th Poikovsky Karpov chess tournament". ChessBase. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Week in Chess: 40th Bosna International 2010". Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Viorel Bologan". OlimpBase. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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