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Play it like Bologan: Caro-Kann

October 5th, 2009 No comments

04.10.2009 – Are you a Caro-Kann player or toying with the idea of building it into your repertoire? Then you should not miss this 2688 ELO rated GM revealing his own Caro-Kann repertoire. In over four hours of video lessons Viktor Bologan explains the lines in easy to grasp terms that makes the DVD extremely valuable for players of every level. Buy his Caro-Kann DVD now or read this review with sampler.

Nigel Davies: 1…e6: A Solid Repertoire against 1.d4 and 1.e4
Many players struggle to find solid openings to play as Black, especially if they have relatively little time to study theory. This DVD addresses this problem, presenting a solid and easy to learn Black repertoire against White’s two main opening moves, 1.e4 and 1.d4. Against both of these moves Nigel Davies advocates 1…e6, which leads to a French Defence after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 or 1.d4 e6 2.e4. This can get quite sharp and theoretical if Black follows the main lines but Davies shows how he can avoid the theory of both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2 with GM Oleg Romanishin’s patented line, 3…Be7. Available from 8. October More information…


Viktor Bologan: The Caro-Kann

Review by Michael Jeffreys

The Caro-Kann was the first defence to 1.e4 I ever learned. However in actual practice, as a beginner, I could not do much with it and found myself drawing and losing with it in tournaments more often than I liked and eventually gave it up. Perhaps if I had had GM Viktor Bologan’s new Chessbase DVD at the time, my results would have drastically improved.

This is the first video I have seen by the Moldavian GM Bologan and there’s a lot to like. First, as he explains in the introduction, he is giving you his own personal recommendations, i.e., what he plays. This is no small thing, as many of you know who have read my reviews, one of my pet peeves are those who put out loads of videos where it becomes clear they have not actually played the opening over the board. This is definitely not the case here, as Bologan has many nice wins with the Caro-Kann, including a victory over GM Peter Leko in the 2003 Dortmund Super GM tournament when Peter was rated 2745!

Click here for replay a video sample on the “Fantasy variation” (3.f3)

I also like how Viktor looks right into the camera and tells you what he thinks about each key move, sans hype. His presentation of the material is very systematic and logical. Additionally, he takes you through all the main lines, as well as several important side lines

So, after 1.e4 c6, we get the Caro-Kann.

Intro Video to The Caro-Kann Defense

Viktor’s coverage is as follows:

  • Intro Video
  • 2.d3 d5 (A passive, if solid side line for White)
  • 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 (Fischer’s two knights var.)
  • 2.d4 d5 3.f3 (The Fantasy Var.)
  • 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 (Exchange Var.)
  • 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 (Panov Attack)
  • 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 (Where White holds back d4)
  • 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 (Advanced Variation)
  • 4.c3, 4.Be3/4.Nd2, 4.h4, 4.Nc3, 4.Nf3 (4th move sidelines – 6 videos)
  • 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3/d2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 (Classical System – 7 videos)

At the conclusion of each video, Bologan gives the viewer a nice little wrap up/review of the main ideas covered in that segment. A nice touch that really helps to reinforce the material. While this DVD will certainly prove useful to those who play 1.e4 and have to face the Caro, Bologan (and rightfully so I might add) suggests ideas and moves mostly from Black’s perspective.

I like this and think you will find, as I did, that flipping the board around and seeing the moves made from Black’s side will help you absorb the material better (obviously if you are interested in learning how to play against the Caro, you will want to view the board from White’s side).

In this reviewer’s opinion, this is the best DVD ever put out on the Caro-Kann Defense and one I wish I had had when I was just starting out!


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Fantastic result for Viorel Bologan in Croatia

October 4th, 2009 No comments

Viorel Bologan achieved a fantastic result at the Croatian Team Championship, reaching a 2909 Elo performance, after obtaining 6,5 points out of 8. It can be mentioned wins over such players as Arkadii Naidisch (2685), Malakhov Vladimir (2715) and Pavel Eljanov (2717). Bologan’s team, Šk Đuro Đakovic Holding, placed 4th in the championship with 12 team points and 31,5 individual points. The fights for the 1st place was close,  the winning team, ETF-OSIJEK, Osijek had onfly3 team points and 2 indididual points more. The championship was held between 21th and 29th September. More information on site:

The raiting of Viorel Bologan in September was 2688, ranking him 43rd in the world.

Games played by Bologan:

d. SNo Name RtgI RtgN FED Pts. Res. we w-we K rtg+/-
1 1 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A 2643 2643 UKR 3,5 w ½ 0,56 -0,06 10 -0,60
2 80 IM Zufic Miroslav 2461 2429 CRO 1,0 s 1 0,79 0,21 10 2,10
3 34 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2685 2685 GER 3,5 w ½ 0,50 0,00 10 0,00
4 18 GM Navara David 2692 2692 CZE 6,5 s ½ 0,49 0,01 10 0,10
5 53 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2715 2715 RUS 4,0 w 1 0,46 0,54 10 5,40
6 8 GM Grachev Boris 2684 2684 RUS 3,0 s 1 0,51 0,49 10 4,90
7 26 GM Eljanov Pavel 2717 2717 UKR 5,5 w 1 0,46 0,54 10 5,40
8 43 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2670 2670 NED 5,5 w 1 0,53 0,47 10 4,70

Ranking crosstable

Rk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TB1 TB2 TB3
1 ETF-OSIJEK, Osijek * 3 4 5 4 15 33,5 191,00
2 MLADOST, Zagreb * 3 4 4 13 32,0 161,75
3 ZAGREB, Zagreb * 3 3 3 4 13 31,5 163,00
4 DJURO DJAKOVIC-HOLDING,Sl. Brod 3 * 4 3 4 12 31,5 149,25
5 LIBURNIJA, Rijeka 3 * 4 4 11 27,0 136,25
6 RIJEKA, Rijeka 3 3 2 * 4 4 2 10 26,5 126,25
7 MRAVINCE DC, Mravince 2 2 3 3 2 2 * 3 7 26,0 82,00
8 GRGIN DOL, Pozega 3 * 3 4 4 23,0 42,75
9 PULA, Pula 1 2 2 2 2 3 * 3 18,5 32,00
10 A1 SPLIT, Split 2 2 4 2 * 2 20,5 26,50

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: points (game-points)
Tie Break3: Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break (with real points)

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Viorel Bologan is playing now at the Serbian Team Championship

September 2nd, 2009 No comments

More detailed information can be found on this site:

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August 28th, 2009 No comments

We are expecting to launch the final version of the new site till September 30th. Till then, the site will be filled with information about GM Bologan.

If you have any suggestions, you are free to comment on this post.

The site will be run in English, also articles in Romanian, Russian or other languages can occur.

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Levon Aronian clear winner of the 4th FIDE GP tournament in Nalchik (RUS)

May 3rd, 2009 No comments

4th FIDE GP Nalchik (RUS), 15-29 iv 2009 cat. XIX (2725)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2754 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
2. Leko, Peter g HUN 2751 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
3. Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2696 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2748 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 7
5. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2728 ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7
6. Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2716 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2733 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0
8. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2720 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 6
9. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2721 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
10. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2726 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 6
11. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2725 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 6
12. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2746 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½
13. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2695 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½
14. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2693 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ *
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Viktor Bologan and the Chebanenko Slav

February 18th, 2009 No comments

Recently we found a book entitled The Chebanenko Slav according to Bologan. The author is Moldavia GM Viktor Bologan, who looks back on a two decade long career, which includes a 2003 Dortmund triumph ahead of Anand and Kramnik. That came, incidentally, after a ten-day training session with Garry Kasparov. Read all about it in this Bisik-Bisik session with Edwin Lam.

Bisik-Bisik with GM Victor Bologan

By Edwin Lam Choong Wai

Bisik-Bisik is a word from the Malay Archipelago, and means the act of “whispering” from one person to another. In his interviews Edwin Lam seeks to “whisper” to all our readers out there the previously unknown other side of his interview partners.

Victor (Viorel) Bologan, rated 2687, is a well-known grandmaster from Moldovia. Born on December 14th, 1971 in Kishinev, Moldavia, Bologan has won amongst others the following top-rated events: Chess960 (Fischer Random Chess) tournament at the 2007 Chess Classic in Mainz (ahead of Kamsky, Ivanchuk, Volokitin and Navara); the 2005 Canadian Open Chess Championship; the 2005 6th Karpov Tournament (tied with Bacrot and ahead of Grischuk and Dreev); the 2003 Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund (ahead of Kramnik, Anand, Radjabov and Leko); the 2003 Aeroflot Open; and the 1997 New York Open Tournament (tied with Krasenkow).

Bologan recently penned a book entitled The Chebanenko Slav according to Bologan. Some of you may wonder what is the Chebanenko Slav about? It is a system in the Slav Defence with 4… a6 and was introduced into practice by various Moldavian masters in the 1970s. Today it is a favorite of many of the world’s super-GMs, amongst them Shirov, Dreev, Morozevich, Kamsky and Karjakin, just to name a few. The Chebanenko Slav was invented by the Kishinev Master, Vyacheslav Chebanenko (1942–1997).

Vyacheslav Chebanenko, or “the Doctor”, is a very well known theoretician and trainer, who counts amongst his students the likes of Bologan, Gavrikov, Komliakov, Rogozenko, Gavrikov and many others. As an openings’ theoretician, the Doctor’s moment of fame also include the opening bomb that was used on none other than the great Fischer in the first game of the 1971 Candidates Final. As Petrosian described later in the magazine 64, a letter had been written by Chebanenko and was addressed to the winner of the Petrosian-Korchnoi Candidates Semi-Final match. Chebanenko had worked out the details of the d5 variation that was later seen in the first game of the Fischer-Petrosian 1971 match… Alas, Fischer would have been the victim of Chebanenko’s innovation had Petrosian not failed to follow the analysis in the crucial moment…

Edwin Lam: At what age did you learn to play the game of chess?

GM Victor Bologan: I was seven years of age when my father taught me how to play chess.

Who was your chess hero? Karpov?

Yes, Karpov was one of them while Capablanca was the other one.

Can you share with us the name of your first-ever chess book?

It was the classic, Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by David Bronstein.

Was Chebanenko your first formal coach in the game?

No, that was Ion Solonar. I started to work with him when I was almost ten years old. I only started to work with Chebanenko when I was 15.

In your recent book, you recalled how the “Doctor” would dictate moves of opening ideas for his students, which included you, for analysis. Thus, can I say that the focus in your early chess training were mostly on openings?

While openings occupied a significant part of our preparation with Chebanenko, I must say that he also had a very good course of positional lessons, too.

How would you describe a typical chess training day with Chebanenko?

Normally I would come to his studio where he would first show me some of his new ideas. Then, we’d get down to analyzing these ideas – we would sometimes record the ideas that we were very sure of. This would normally take up about half of the day and very often the chess training day would include lunch or dinner, too.

When did you make your big breakthrough in tournament chess? 1985?

In my more than two decade long career as a player I went through several periods of breakthroughs in competitive chess, namely in the years 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2003.

Could you share with us a little bit more details on the specific competitive breakthroughs you made in those years?

In 1991, I played eight strong tournaments in a row, with GM norm possiblities. Out of eight possibilities I achieved four norms, and my rating went up to 2585 Elo. I rose to #52 in the world. In 1997 I jointly won the New York Open with Krasenkow with an 8/9 score. In the year 2000, I won or shared first place four tournaments in a row, which then brought me to a 2684 Elo rating. My world ranking rose to #19. In 2003, I won the Aeroflot Open and then I had a session with Garry Kasparov. I won Dortmund 2003 after that.

You worked with Garry Kasparov before you won Dortmund 2003? Was it because of the training with him?

The session was about ten days long and it definitely helped to improve my chess. We worked on openings and played blitz games.

You won in Dortmund ahead of none other than Kramnik and Anand. Would you consider that to be the highest point in your chess career?

Besides having won or shared the first place in another 40 international tournaments, Dortmund 2003 remains the biggest achievement in my career.

You are described as someone with great fighting spirit. Is your chess style reflective of this?

It does come from my character, and of course, I am kind of a maximalist while at the same time I had been taught to work hard since I was young. Specifically on chess style, I am a universal player with a slight deviation towards active play.

Could you name us your most memorable chess game ever?

I will stick to the game I had with Anand (round 3 of Dortmund 2003), which I won. After the game I was completely wet from sweating!

You will turn 37 this year. What are your goals as a chess player, for 2009?

I am scheduled to play in the following strong events in 2009: the Russian Team Championship, Poikovskii, Mainz and Khanty-Mansiisk. My goal is to do my best in every game!

In recent years, you have authored two books: a selection of your best games and an opening guide. Will you be releasing a third chess book anytime soon?

Yes, there will be a new opening book coming your way in a few months’ time and I hope the readers will like it.

Are you also involved in any form of chess coaching? If not, are there any future plans to do so, perhaps, to set up a Chebanenko school of chess in Kishinev?

Actually I am moving back to Kishinev in March this year. From time to time I will provide consultation to young Moldavian players.

You were al-Modhiaki’s second in the recent FIDE Grand Prix. Is this the first time you’ve worked as a second?

My first and longest experience working as a second was with Alexei Shirov in the years from 1992 to 1996.

The Kamsky-Topalov match is under way. Who do you think will win?

I think the chances are 50-50 for both sides.

How would you describe Kamsky’s chess playing style? And, what about Topalov’s?

I had described Kamsky’s style to be like that of a python in my article in New in Chess magazine last year. Topalov’s style is definitely more dynamic and sharper.

In your opinion, what would be one major area of weakness in Topalov’s arsenal?

I think the weak point for Topalov can be in psychological preparation. He is very strong, psychologically, but I believe Kamsky is even stronger.

You mentioned in your book that Kamsky have been one of the most innovative in the Chebanenko. Kamsky and Topalov had also engaged in an important theoretical battle not too long back. In your opinion, will the Chebanenko appear in the match?

I am pretty sure that both teams would have studied this opening very thoroughly before the match, and there is very big chance to see some good games and novelties in the Chebanenko Variation in the match.

Anand won the Chess Oscars in May 2008. Who is your top pick to win the upcoming Chess Oscars?

I think it should again be Anand.

Lastly, besides chess, what are your other interests in life?

I like sports, reading and nice company!

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Bologan has 3 points after 6 games at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden

November 22nd, 2008 No comments

Victor Bologan contributed to the good results showed by the Moldovan team in the 7-8th rounds, when he won the games played on the first board against Nikola Djukic(Montenegro) and Ammanmurad Kakagelidiev(Turkmenistan). The first point gained a draw for Moldova and the second one meant a 2,5-1,5 victory of the Moldovan team over Turkmenistan.

In the past rounds Bologan also tied with former FIDE World Champion Rustan Kasimdzanov(Uzbekistan) and lost to Loek Van Welly(The Netherlands). In these matches it was a win over Uzbekistan 2,5-1,5 for Moldova, and a defeat 1-3 from Netherlands.

After 8 rounds, Moldova is placed 37th at the Chess Olympiad, with 10 points(3 victories, 2 ties, 2 losses) with three more rounds to play. In the 9th round, Moldova will face Croatia.

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Just a draw after two rounds for Bologan at the Chess Olympiad

November 16th, 2008 No comments
Viorel Bologan o salută pe Judit Polgar
Viorel Bologan welcomes Judit Polgar

Victor Bologan played only in two of the first four matches of the Moldovan national team at the Chess Olympiad that started in Dresden on November 13th.

In the second round, Bologan tied with Levon Aronian(2757), but the team lost 1-3 to the title-holders Armenia.

In the fourh match, Bologan lost to Hannes Steffanson, the Moldovan team having tied the match 2-2 with Iceland.

After four rounds Moldova has 5 points(two wins, a tie).

The official site:

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Victor Bologan placed 4th at the European Club Cup in Greece

November 13th, 2008 No comments
Viorel Bologan

Viorel Bologan

Viorel Bologan placed 4th with his team Bosna Sarajevo at the European Club Cup, that was held in Halkidiki, Greece during 17th-23th October.

Bosna gained 5 victories, a tie and was defeated once, with Bologan playing on the 4th board scoring 5 points out of 7(3 victories and 4 ties). The overall individual result of GM Bologan placed him as the fourth at this competition. 

The winner team is Ural Sverdlovskaia, with 12 points.

The official site:

Victor Bologan will take part at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, starting November 13th.