Victor Bologan wins European Parliamentary Tournament

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4/19/2021 – Friday, 16 April, 32 Members of Parliament from a total of 15 European countries played "European Parliamentary Friendship Online Chess Tournament", a seven-round 10+2 online tournament on the Tornelo platform. Among the participants were three Grandmasters: Victor Bologan (Moldova), Loek van Wely (Netherlands) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria). Bologan won the tournament with 6.0/7, van Wely finished second with 5.5/7 and Stefanova finished fifth with 4.5/7. | Photos: European Chess Union

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In 2001 Loek van Wely (born 7 October 1972) had a rating of 2714 and was one of the world's ten best players. After the end of his career as an active player he turned to politics, and in March 2019, he was elected to the Dutch Senate.

Loek van Wely

Loek van Wely at ChessBase

Moldova, the home country of the tournament winner Victor Bologan, lies in south-eastern Europe, squeezed between Romania and Ukraine and was once a "Soviet republic". Bologan, who in August 2012 had a peak rating of 2734, and in 1996 graduated with a PhD from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism sits for the Socialist Party in parliament, where he is a member of the Culture Committee.

Bologan and van Wely were the top seeds and they met in round 4. Bologan won after a tactical oversight by van Wely:

 

Victor Bologan at ChessBase

With a 72-move win in round 7 against Stefanova, who had drawn in round 6 against van Wely, Bologan won the tournament. Stefanova, Women's World Champion from 2004 to 2006, was recently elected to the National Assembly of Bulgaria.

Armenia won the team competition.

Final standings after 7 rounds

Rk. SNo     Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2 
1 2
 
GM Bologan Victor MDA 2574 Republic of Moldova 6,0 28,0 29,0
2 1
 
GM Van Wely Loek NED 2620 Netherlands 5,5 28,0 31,0
3 5
 
  Manukian Artak ARM 2196 Armenia 5,0 28,0 28,5
4 29
 
  Shtepa Sergey UKR 2142 Ukraine 5,0 27,5 30,5
5 3
 
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2470 Bulgaria 4,5 29,0 32,5
6 26
 
  Hayrapetyan Mkhitar ARM 0 Armenia 4,5 25,0 28,0
7 19
 
  Garcia Del Blanco Iban ESP 0 European 4,5 24,0 26,5
8 4
 
WFM Movileanu Daniela* ITA 2239 European 4,5 23,5 25,5
9 18
 
  Mamoulakis Haralabos GRE 0 Greece 4,5 21,0 21,5
10 7
 
  Surplys Giedrius LTU 2010 Lithuania 4,0 26,0 28,0
11 8
 
  Sefcik Marek SVK 2001 Slovakia 4,0 25,0 25,5
12 12
 
  Davtyan Artur ARM 0 Armenia 4,0 22,0 23,0
13 32
 
  Batrincea Vlad MDA 0 Republic of Moldova 3,5 24,0 26,5
14 25
 
  Brglez Milan SLO 1756 European 3,0 27,0 30,5
15 9
 
  Klaus Vaclav CZE 1964 Czech Republic 3,0 23,5 26,0
16 14
 
  Nielsson Brynjar Thor ISL 0 Iceland 3,0 23,5 24,0
17 11
 
  Darau Ambrozie Irineu ROU 0 Romania 3,0 21,5 22,5
18 17
 
  Lubinets Dmytro UKR 0 Ukraine 3,0 19,5 20,0
19 27
 
  Pasichnyi Oleksandr UKR 0 Ukraine 3,0 18,5 19,0
20 28
 
  Magnusson Pall ISL 0 Iceland 2,5 20,5 21,0

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