Devos, Paul

(Book of the “Sunday Chronicle” chess tournament, Chess, Sutton Coldfield)

On Devos

“Le maître belge Paul Devos est décédé le 14 juin 1981, Il était né le mars 1911 en Roumanie, de parents belges. Il fut trois fois champion de Belgique: 1937, ex aequo avec O’Kelly, 1941 devant O’Kelly et Van Seters et en 1945 devant Barzin. Sur le plan international, Paul Devos participa notamment au tournoi de Hastings 1945/46 gagné par Tartacover. Il fit aussi partie de l’équipe belge aux olympiades de Folkestone 1933 et Dubrovnik 1950. Il abandonna toute compétition au début des années cinquante.”

(G. Guillaume, Europe Échecs No.275)

Devos’ victories

Dates Event Site + = #
01/08/1936-
16/08/1936
International GJEB championship Brussels ? ? ? 5 7/8 2½ before O’Kelly de Galway
11/09/1937-
21/09/1937
Belgian championship Brussels 7 1 2 11 7½/10 shared with O’Kelly de Galway, 1 before Dunkelblum
1937 Belgian championship, play-off Brussels 1 1 1 2 1½/3 shared with O’Kelly de Galway
1941 Belgian championship Brussels ? ? ? 10 7/9 ½ before Van Seters & O’Kelly de Galway
1945 FBE championship Brussels 5 4 0 10 7/9 ½ before Soultanbeieff
15/09/1945-
23/09/1945
Belgian championship Ghent 4 5 0 1 6½/9 ½ before Barzin, Lemaire and Van Lennep
1946 Match Devos vs. Soultanbeieff ? 2 3 1 2 3½/6 1 before Soultanbeieff
1947 CRÉB championship Brussels ? ? ? 11 8½/10 ½ before Capart
04/09/1948-
11/09/1948
Belgian championship Bruges ? ? ? 10 7/9 ½ before Dunkelblum
11/1948 Master tournament Brussels 1 1 1 4 1½/3 shared with O’Kelly de Galway, Van Seters & Dunkelblum
1950 CÉ Colle championship, play-off match Brussels 2 1 1 4 2½/4 1 before Lemaire
04/1950 Easter tournament Brussels ? ? ? 4 2/3 shared with Cortlever, ½ before Soultanbeieff

Devos’ rivals

This is a list of Devos’ results against some of his main rivals in tournament play. To be put on the list, a player has to have played Devos at least six times in at least three events and have a chessmetrics rating. The last column below gives the highest chessmetrics rating of the player. Obviously, this last is based on the information I have and is probably not complete. Players against whom Devos has a positive result, are put in boldface.

+ = # T Player’s name FED TCR
1 4 8 13 GM O’Kelly de Galway, Albéric BEL 2644
5 5 3 13 NM Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich RUS/BEL 2512
2 5 2 9 NM Van Seters, Frits NED/BEL 2497
2 4 3 9 IM Dunkelblum, Arthur POL/BEL 2515
4 1 2 7 NM Lemaire, Robert BEL 2384
1 2 3 6 NM Dyner, Boruch POL/BEL/ISL 2473

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