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Victor Bologan
Bologan in 2013
Born (1971-12-14) 14 December 1971 (age 52)
Chişinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1991)
FIDE rating2598 (July 2024)
Peak rating2734 (August 2012)
Peak rankingNo. 18 (April 2005)

Victor (Viorel) Bologan[1] (born 14 December 1971) is a Moldovan chess player and author. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1991.



Bologan won the first two editions of the Poikovsky Karpov International Tournament, in 2000 and 2001.[2] He tied for first in the same tournament in 2005[3] and 2015.[4] In 2003 he won the Aeroflot Open and the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting ahead of some of the world's top players.[5]

He won the 2005 Canadian Open Chess Championship. Bologan tied for first place in the 2006 Aeroflot Open, finishing second on tiebreak. In May 2010, he tied for first with Wang Hao and Zahar Efimenko at the Bosna International open in Sarajevo.[6]

Bologan played for Moldova in the Chess Olympiad in 1992 - 1998 and 2002 - 2014.[7]

Bologan with his wife at Dortmund 2003
Bologan–Anand, Dortmund 2003



Bologan graduated from the Moscow Physical Culture and Sports Institute in 1993. In 1996, he successfully defended a doctoral thesis on the structure of preparation of high level chess players at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism.[8][9]

Personal life


He is married to Margarita Bologan with whom he has three children. Bologan is currently living in Doha, Qatar. 2 of his children go to Hamilton international school, 1 in grade 10 and the other in grade 2.


  • Bologan, Victor (2007). Victor Bologan. Selected Games 1985–2004. Russell Enterprises Inc. ISBN 978-1-888690-37-8
  • Bologan, Victor (2008). The Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-246-8.
  • Bologan, Victor (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, Victor (2012). The Powerful Catalan. A Complete Repertoire for White. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-401-1.
  • Bologan, Victor (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
  • Bologan, Victor (2017). Bologan's King's Indian. A Modern Reportoire for Black. New In Chess. ISBN 978-9056917203
  • Bologan, Victor (2018). Bologan's Caro-Kann. A Modern Repertoire for Black. New In Chess. ISBN 978-9056917784

ChessBase Fritztrainer opening DVDs

  • 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.


  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 (7 March 2005). "TWIC 539: 6th Poikovsky Karpov tournament". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ "GM Anton Korobov wins 16th Poikovsky Karpov chess tournament". Chessdom. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Dortmund Round 10: Viorel Bologan sole winner". Chess News. ChessBase. 2003-08-10. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (14 May 2010). "40th Bosna International 2010". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  7. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Viorel Bologan". OlimpBase. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  8. ^ Mikhail Golubev. Interview with Victor Bologan. GrandMaster Square
  9. ^ "Куда увел язык шахмат выпускников РГУФКСМиТ-ГЦОЛИФК: 6 историй к пятидесятилетию кафедры" [Graduates of Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism Masters Chess Program – Where Are They Now? Six Storys on the 50th Anniversary of the Program] (in Russian). Moscow: Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism. Retrieved August 29, 2020 (article not dated).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link) Contributors:
      1. Alexander N. Kostiev, PhD (Александр Н. Костиев), Russia (1970 alumnus)
      2. Anvar Nazarov (Анвар Назаров), Tajikistan (1990 alumnus)
      3. Ruslan Sergeevich Mironov (Руслан Сергеевич Миронов), Estonia (1993 alumnus)
      4. Victor Antonovich Bologan (Виорел Антонович Бологан), Qatar (Masters 1993; 1996 Doctors)
      5. Asya Son (Ася Сон), Singapore (1993 alumna)
      6. Anastasia Sergeevna Savina (Анастасия Сергеевна Савина), France (2015 alumna)