Four cities tournament

19-04-1953 > 17-05-1953

1 2 3 4 MP BP
1 Brussels 10 10½ 6 30
2 Antwerp 5 10 3 22½
3 Liège 2 19½
4 Ghent 5 1 18

This tournament was an initiative of the Royal Brussels Chess Club. It united the four founding clubs, but my sources call it either the four cities tournament or the big cities tournament. I decided to call it four cities tournament, for no particularly good reason. I think the first two rounds were played in the rooms of the host club and the final round in Brussels, but I’m not sure.

Here are the detailed results insofar as I have them. Note that these don’t add up for the match between Ghent and Brussels. Below are the individual scores as extracted from these partial — and not entirely correct — results. I have assumed Belgian as the default nationality, but that may well be wrong for some players.

Van Seters, Frits NED 1 2
Devos, Paul BEL 1 1
Thibaut, Georges Pierre BEL 1 2
Willaert, Robert BEL 2 2
De Rycke, Paul BEL 2
Drabbé, Edmond BEL ½ 2
Boudelet, Georges BEL 2 2
Neckvasil BEL 2 2
Hilde, Oscar BEL 0 1
Baeck BEL ½ 2
Dresse BEL 0 1
d’Avanzo BEL 1 1
Mahieu BEL 2
Wouters BEL 2
Geets BEL 1 1
Smeets BEL 1 2
Hospel BEL 1 1
Timochenko BEL 1 1
Brussels 18½ 29
Borodin, Vladimir RUS 1 1
Boey, Jozef Martin BEL 0 1
Franck, Alfons BEL 1 1
Coosemans, Billy BEL 0 1
Wachsstock BEL ½ 1
Blockx, Frank BEL 0 1
Van den Broeck, Hans BEL 1 1
Schram BEL 1 1
Mathieu BEL 0 1
Decoster BEL 1 1
Dekeyser, Eduard BEL ½ 1
Tensen BEL ½ 1
Goormans BEL 1 1
Van Dam BEL 0 1
Witvrouwen BEL 0 1
Antwerp 15

 

Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich RUS 0 1
Kisber BEL 1 2
Wéry BEL 2 2
Winants, Henri BEL 0 1
Vincent BEL ½ 2
Dubyna BEL 1 2
Forgeur BEL ½ 2
Lalevitch, Georges BEL 0 2
Yasinski, Eugène BEL 1 2
Pousternakoff BEL 1 2
Bezeneau BEL 1 1
Mouracheff BEL ½ 2
Averbuch BEL ½ 2
Heine BEL 0 2
Gorodisky BEL 1 1
Bologne BEL 1 2
Jatzenko BEL 1 1
Samray BEL 0 1
Liège 12 30

 

Van Hoorde, Edouard BEL 1 1
Janssens, André BEL 0 1
De Wolf, Guy BEL 0 1
Bletek BEL 0 1
De Meester, André BEL ½ 1
Paepens, Jan BEL 1 1
De Jonghe BEL 0 1
Mauquoy, Paul BEL 0 1
Martin, Vladimir BEL ½ 1
Rodrigues, Marcel BEL 1 1
Haber BEL ½ 1
Verlinden, Richard BEL ½ 1
De Regt BEL 0 1
Vaerewijck BEL 0 1
Ghent 5 14

Wanted

  • Almost all games.
  • The individual results of half of the matches.
  • Many first names.

Sources

  1. De Standaard 02-23/05/1953
  2. De Volksgazet 28/04 & 12/05/1953
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