Zilveren Toren

1956

Class I 1 1 2 2 3 3 MP BP
1 Arbeiders SK 1 3 3 10
2 K Antwerpse SK ½ 3 3 3 10
3 SK Merksem 1 1 ½ 0 4

This tournament pitted 37 teams of 4 players (plus reserves) from 16 clubs from all over the Antwerp province against each other in four classes, uniting well over a hundred players every round and lasting several months. From [1] and [2] the crosstables from the first two classes were reconstructed and a few games were found, but much is still missing.

In the highest class, some very good players participated, mainly in the K Antwerpse SK team, which could have won easily, had they not given three forfeit points against Arbeiders. The round-by-round results of Class I can be found here, the individual scores are as below. Note, however, that while SK Merksem – Arbeiders SK is supposed to have finished 1-3, the individual scores add up to 1½-2½ instead. Consequently, the scores below are also slightly erroneous.

Vandiest, Julien BEL 3
Schampaert BEL 0 1
Freund BEL 0 2
Ilegems, Arthur BEL 2 3
Simons BEL 0 1
Segers, Jan BEL 3 3
Arbeiders SK 13

 

Borodin, Vladimir BEL ½ 2
Van den Driessche, Arie BEL 1 1
Coosemans, Billy BEL 1 1
Van den Broeck, Hans BEL 1 1
Boey, Jozef Martin BEL 3 3
Van Wingerden BEL 2
Schram BEL 1 1
Mollekens, Jozef BEL 1 2
K Antwerp SK 10 13

 

Van den Bergh BEL 2 4
Goormans BEL 2 4
Maldoy BEL 0 2
Corbet BEL ½ 4
De Winne BEL 0 2
SK Merksem 16

Class II
Zilveren dame
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 MP BP
1 K Antwerpse SK II 1 1 3 3 3 3 4 9 31½
2 Arbeiders SK III 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 9 30
3 Maccabi ½ 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 9 30½
4 Arbeiders SK II 3 1 2 3 2 2 3 2 8 27
5 Het Schaakbord 2 2 1 1 4 3 3 7 27½
6 Borgerhoutse SK ½ 2 2 2 1 2 3 4 7 26½
7 Maccabi II 1 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 27
8 SK Merksem II 2 1 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 22½
9 Provincie 2 ½ 2 1 ½ 2 3 2 4 5 23½
10 Sint Theresia 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 3 5 22½
11 Vlaamse SK 1 2 ½ 1 2 1 2 ½ 20½
12 De Pion 1 ½ 1 2 1 ½ 2 0 2 ½ 3 15
13 De Toren Berchem 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0

Class III (Zilveren loper): 1. Maccabi III 12½ (44½) 2. Borgerhoutse SK III 10½ (33) 3. Maccabi IV 10 (32) 4. Juniors 8½ (32) 5. Tol 7½ (29½) 6. K Antwerpse SK IV 7½ (29) 7. Het Schaakbord II 7½ (28) 8. Arbeiders SK IV 7 (27½) 9. K Antwerpse SK III 7 (27) 10. Herenthout 6 (24½) 11. SK Merksem III 5½ (27) 12. Borgerhoutse SK II 5½ (23) 13. Vlaamse SK II 4½ (20) 14. Mat of Pat 4 (16) 15. Sint Theresia II 3½ (17) 16. De Toren Berchem II 1½ (14½) 17. Vlaamse SK III 1½ (14)

Class IV (Zilveren pion): 1. Maccabi V 11½ (37) 2. Tol II 11 (38) 3. Heide 9½ (32½) 4. Maccabi VI 8½ (31½) 5. Borgerhoutse SK IV 8 (31) 6. SK Merksem IV 8 (29) 7. Arbeiders SK V 6 (21½) 8. K Antwerpse SK V 5½ (24) 9. Herenthout II 5½ (21½) 10. Tol III 4 (19½) 11. Het Schaakbord III 4 (18½) 12. Mat of Pat II 3½ (19) 13. Provincie II 3 (20) 14. De Toren Berchem III 3 (17)

Overall classification (Zilveren toren):

1 Maccabi 5 49½
2 K Antwerpse SK 6 38½
3 Borgerhoutse SK 7 41
4 Arbeiders SK 8 35
5 SK Merksem 10 28½
6 Het Schaakbord 13 35½
7 De Toren Berchem 21 13½

I believe that, somehow, the three best scoring teams of each club were counted, provided that club was represented in at least three different classes. How exactly this combination was made, I don’t know.

Wanted

  • Almost all games.
  • All results from the lower sections.

Sources

  1. De Standaard
  2. De Volksgazet