Big Cities tournament

19-03-1950 > 30-04-1950

1 2 3 4 MP BP
1 Antwerp SK 7* 10½ 10 6 27½
2 CÉ Brussels 6* 10 4 25½
3 K Ghent SK 8 2 18
4 Échiquier Liègeois 5 5 7 0 17

*: Two games were supposed to be arbitrated, but Antwerp SK was declared winner before this happened. Presumably, it was clear that Antwerp SK wouldn’t lose the match.

This was the first time since the centennial tournament in Ghent in 1930 that a tournament like this was organised. The most important clubs from the country’s four main cities were invited for a team competition on fifteen boards. The first two rounds were played (on March 19th & 26th, and April 2nd) in the rooms of the host club, the final round was played in Brussels on April 30th. In the last round encounter between CÉ Brussels and Antwerp SK two games were stopped and, supposedly, arbitrated. However, Antwerp SK seems to have been declared the winner. It seems probable that it was clear Antwerp SK wouldn’t lose the match.

The round-by-round results are here. I’m not entirely sure about all the nationalities given below. The players with an unfinished game are marked by an asterisk. Forfeited games are not included. Note that e.g. Mente played once before Rotsaert and once behind him, so the board order seems to have not been entirely fixed.

NM Dunkelblum, Arthur BEL 2 3
Franck, Alfons BEL 3
Borodin, Vladimir RUS 2*
Van Schoor, Karel BEL 2 3
Mollekens, Jozef BEL 3
Radzikowski POL 2 2
Igor BEL 2 2
Aelbrecht BEL 2 3
Prils, Oscar BEL ½ 1
Buskes BEL 1 2
Delafontaine BEL 1 1
Coosemans, Billy BEL 2 3
Van den Driessche, Arie BEL 3
Vervaecke BEL 1 3
Tensen BEL ½ 2*
De Pooter BEL 3
Witvrouwen BEL 1 1
Liberman BEL 1 2
1 Antwerp SK 27½ 42

 

NM Devos, Paul BEL 3
NM Van Seters, Frits NED 3 3
Barzin, Marcel BEL 2*
De Rycke, Paul BEL 1 3
Willaert, Robert BEL 3
Bekerman BEL 1 1
Drabbé, Edmond BEL 3
Mahieu BEL ½ 1
Demoulin, Paul BEL 1 3
Boudelet, Georges BEL 2 3
Brancart BEL 2 2
Smeets BEL 1 3
d’Avanzo BEL 2
Timochenko BEL 1 2*
Rotsaert BEL 3
Mente BEL 1 2
Nyst BEL 0 1
Legrand BEL 0 1
Van Opstal BEL 0 1
2 CÉ Brussels 24½ 42

 

De Wolf, Guy BEL ½ 3
Janssens, André BEL 3
Van Hoorde, Edouard BEL 1 3
De Vries, Paul BEL 1 1
Tournoy BEL ½ 3
Martin, Vladimir BEL 1 2
De Neck BEL 0 1
Jacobs BEL 0 1
De Meester, André BEL 2 3
Herrygers BEL 1 2
Verlinden, Richard BEL 1 1
Bletek BEL 1 1
Van de Wynkele, Roger BEL 1 2
Rodrigues, Marcel BEL 0 2
De Regt BEL 0 1
Mauquoy, Paul BEL 2 3
Paepens, Jan BEL 0 1
Gobert, Jos BEL 2 2
De Waele, Willy BEL ½ 1
Pachy BEL 0 1
Van Mol, René BEL 1 2
De Lange BEL 0 1
Pertry BEL 1 1
3 K Ghent SK 18 41

 

NM Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich RUS 1 3
Wéry BEL 0 3
Kisber BEL 1 3
Chanteux, Pierre BEL ½ 2
Forgeur BEL 0 1
Gulpenne BEL 0 2
Guisset BEL 0 3
Metzmacher, Louis BEL 0 2
Simon BEL ½ 2
Vincent BEL 1 2
Blitz BEL 0 1
Lindenberg BEL 1 2
Kostine BEL 1 3
Begenaem BEL 1 2
Averbaek BEL 0 1
Pousternakoff BEL 1 1
Binet BEL 2
Lefèvre BEL 1 1
Wayaffe BEL 1 1
Wynants BEL 1 2
Heine BEL ½ 1
Pety de Thozée BEL 0 1
4 Échiquier Liègeois 13 41

Wanted

  • Most games.
  • Many first names.
  • What happened to the adjourned games from the CÉ Brussels — Antwerp SK match?

Sources

  1. La Nation Belge 26/03-07/05/1950
  2. Vooruit 26/03 & 14/05/1950
  3. La Dernière Heure 03/05/1950
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