Archive for October, 2009

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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