BSB/FBÉ championship, Brussels
28-03-1959 > 05-04-1959
|1||NM||Van Seters, Frits||NED||–||1||0||1||½||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||9½|
|2||GM||O’Kelly de Galway, Albéric||BEL||0||–||½||1||½||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||9|
|4||NM||Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich||RUS||0||0||½||–||0||1||1||1||1||½||1||1||7|
|6||De Rycke, Paul||BEL||0||0||½||0||½||–||½||1||1||0||1||1||5½|
The championship of the Belgian chess federation, as opposed to the Belgian championship, was open for foreigners. This allowed amongst other Van Seters, Soultanbeieff, and Besser to participate, which certainly increased the interest in the tournament. Van Seters scored a surprising victory by beating O’Kelly. As the big favourite, the only GM in the field got quite some criticism for his very short draw against Besser.
This Besser caused me quite some confusion.  gives Besser as a German player, so the name of Hans Besser suggests itself. However,  claims he is from Luxemburg and several sources give his first initial as J. It was Mr. Jan Kersten who pointed out that, probably, Hans is an abbreviation of Johannes.The only thing this does not solve is the claimed Luxembourgian link. Did he perhaps win some kind of open Luxembourg championship?
 gives the crosstable and two games, - give quite a few more games, but many are still missing.
- Quite a few games.
- De Standaard 18 & 19/04/1959
- Falleyn archive
- De Volksgazet 14-30/04/1959
- Le Soir 28/04/1959
- Schach-Echo Vol.17 No.9