Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Viktor Bologan.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.




a) White Mates in 3. Bologan vs Darius Ruzele, Kramatorsk, 1989
6r1/pp3N1k/1q2bQpp/3pP3/8/6RP/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1

b)
White Mates in 2. Bologan vs G B Prakash, Mamaia, 1991
3rr2k/1pp3R1/pq5P/2N1npQ1/4p2P/2PP4/1P3P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]

c)
Bologan vs Thor Harestad, Stavanger, 1992
1r5k/5p1p/p1q2pn1/4pN2/2P3Q1/Pp6/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 Rg8 h5 if Nf4 Qxg8+ mates ]

d)
Bologan vs Jose Garcia Padron, Las Palmas, 1993
5k2/B2Q1p1p/6n1/1p2q3/5p2/7P/P5P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]



Bologan Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bologan vs Aivars Gipslis, Ostrava, 1993
8/7k/R4p1r/3p4/4r3/PR2nN2/1KP5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if fxg5 Rb7+ mates ]

b)
Bologan vs Emil Anka, France, 1994
r2r2k1/4qp2/p1b3pQ/4p3/1p2PnN1/3B3P/PPP5/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4 if exf4 e5 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Bologan vs Bruno Redon, France, 1994
1r3k2/4nrb1/1qNpQ3/p2P1p2/8/P1p4R/1P3P2/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Bxh8 Rxh8+ Ng8 Qh6+ Rg7 Qxd6+ Kf7 Qe6+ Kf8 Rxg8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Bologan vs A Stavrinov, Riga, 1995
r1brn3/p1q4p/p1p2P1k/2PpPPp1/P7/1Q2B2P/1P6/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5+ if Kh5 Qf3+ Kxg5 Qg4+ or if Kxg5 Qg3+ Kh5 Qg4+ ]

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Viktor Bologan Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Viktor Bologan vs Wojciech Reza, Warsaw, 12/18/2011
5QBr/ppk5/b7/1q1pP3/3P3b/P1B4R/1P3P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qd6+ Kc8 Be6+ ]

b)
David Baramidze vs Viktor Bologan, Germany, 10/14/2011
Q3B2k/7p/4N1p1/5p2/1P6/1KP3q1/6P1/2Qnq3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qgxc3+ if Ka2 Qe2+ mates ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Viktor Bologan vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 7/9/2012
8/7p/5Qpk/8/8/3qP2P/5KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ if Kg5 Qf4+ or if Kh5 g4+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Viktor Bologan vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 7/9/2012
2r3kq/ppr5/4p1PQ/1b1pN3/3P4/P4R2/1P4RK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Qxh7+ gxh7+ Kh8 Ng6+ Kxh7 Nf8+ ]

e)
Michael Zaslavsky vs Viktor Bologan, Plovdiv, 3/21/2012
5r2/3qbk2/p2p2bR/3P2B1/1pN1p1P1/1P3r2/PP1Q4/K2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 if Qe2 Rxd1+ Qxd1 Bxg5 ]



Viktor Bologan Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viktor Bologan, Beijing, 12/14/2012
rr4k1/2q1b3/3p1pn1/2pRn1p1/4P1Pp/1N3P1P/1PPB1Q2/1K1R1B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...c4 Nd4 c3 if Bc1 Qa7 mates ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Kazbek Akbaev vs Viktor Bologan, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/6/2013
1r5k/1bp3bp/p7/2P1n1q1/PP2N3/N2p3P/5rP1/1QR1RBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if Kh1 Qe5 or if Kxf2 Bd4+ ]

c)
Jonas Bjerre vs Viktor Bologan, Rhodes, 10/21/2013
5rk1/4b1pp/6r1/1p1bPq2/1PpN1P2/8/3BQ1PP/1R4RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2 if Rxg2 Qxb1+ ]

d)
Viktor Bologan vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Caleta, 2/6/2014
6k1/5ppp/3qb3/4p1P1/1rpn4/2Q1B2P/1PB2P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 exd4 Rxd4 if Qf8 Qxb4 Qxb4 Rd8+ Qf8 Bxh7+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Viktor Bologan vs Vladislav Kovalev, Dubai, 6/20/2014
8/pp6/4Q1p1/4b3/Pq2k3/4P3/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg4+ ]

f)
Steven Breckenridge vs Viktor Bologan, Dubai, 6/19/2014
2k3r1/1pqb4/4p3/pPn1N3/P1Pp4/6Pr/2B1QP2/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if Nxd3 Rhxg3+ mates or if Bxd3 Nxd3 ]

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