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Paul Devos
Number of games in database: 62
Years covered: 1933 to 1951
Overall record: +15 -29 =18 (38.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-10-1911, died Jun-14-1981, 70 years old) Belgium

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Devos was seven times Belgian champion (1933, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1945, and 1948).

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 62  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Devos vs Duchamp 1-0831933OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
2. A Campolongo vs P Devos  ½-½381933OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
3. K Makarczyk vs P Devos  ½-½551933OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
4. P Devos vs L Abramavicius  0-1441933OlympiadB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Lilienthal vs P Devos  1-0321933OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
6. P Devos vs K Kullberg  0-1461933OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
7. W Hasenfuss vs P Devos  0-1341933Folkestone ol (Men)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. K Skalicka vs P Devos  1-0481933OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. P Devos vs C H Alexander  1-0521933OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. P Devos vs H Mueller  0-1421933OlympiadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. P Devos vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1341933OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. O'Kelly vs P Devos 0-1271937Brussels 4 players tournamentA15 English
13. H Steiner vs P Devos 1-0161945Hastings 1945/46D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. P Devos vs Aitken  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J Mieses vs P Devos  ½-½261945Hastings 1945/46A07 King's Indian Attack
16. P Devos vs Tartakower  ½-½601946Hastings 1945/46A47 Queen's Indian
17. Euwe vs P Devos  1-0351946Hastings 1945/46D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. G A Thomas vs P Devos  1-0281946Hastings 1945/46A07 King's Indian Attack
19. P Devos vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-1291946Hastings 1945/46A06 Reti Opening
20. E G Sergeant vs P Devos  ½-½241946Hastings 1945/46B83 Sicilian
21. P Devos vs M Christoffel  0-1311946Hastings 1945/46A04 Reti Opening
22. Prins vs P Devos  0-1431946Hastings 1945/46B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. P Devos vs Denker  0-1501946Hastings 1945/46A16 English
24. P Devos vs I Koenig  ½-½441946London BA14 English
25. W Winter vs P Devos  1-0311946London BD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Sep-09-04  nikolaas: Devos' own imortal: Baruch Harold Wood- Paul Devos
1. d4 Nf6 15. Ra2 Be6
2. c4 e6 16. Nxe6 Qxf2+
3. Nc3 Bb4 17. Kd1 Rxe6
4. Qc2 d5 18. Bc3 Rd8+
5. a3 Bxc3+ 19. Kc2 Qe3
6. Qxc3 Ne4 20. h4 Rd2+
7. Qc2 c5 21. Bxd2 Qxd2+
8. dxc5 Nc6 22. Kb3 Nd4+
9. cxd5 exd5 23. Ka4 Qd1+
10. Nf3 Bf5 24. Ka5 Ra6+
11. b4 0-0 25. Qxa6 Qa4+
12. Bb2 d4 26. Kxa4 Nc3+
13. Qc4 Re8 27. Ka5 Nb3
14. Nxd4 Qf6
Nov-17-06  suenteus po 147: Anything known about Paul Devos? No biography...
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  Calli: b. 10-03-1911 Romania
d. 14-06-1981 Belgium
But thats all I know.

Q: Is He Not a Man? A: He is Devos!

Nov-17-06  suenteus po 147: <Calli> Thanks for the information. It's a good start!
Jul-23-07  nikolaas: The excellent "dictionnaire des échecs" by Le Lionnais (which I obtained for €1 - second hand books are great), says only "champion de Belgique 1945 et 1948", but this does no justice to Devos, who was for two decades or so one of Belgium's leading players (for what that's worth...). His brief carreer is very much alike to O'Kelly's. Both appreared in the 30's and were Belgiums top players right before WWII. Both played very frequently immediately after the world war. However then for some reason unknown to me, Devos carreer stopped.

The first tournament he played, as far as I know, is the Belgian champioenship in 1931. In 1933 he was Belgian's fourth board at the Folkestone olimpiad. The same he he was second in the Belgian champioenship but received the title as he was the first Belgian. In 1936 he won again a Belgian championship. 'A', because there were 3 played that year. Some players did not agree with the BSF's way of organising the champioenship and decided to hold their own. They held actually two: one where only Belgian players were allowed and one international championship. To complicate matters some more, the BSF still organised it's own championship. (Note that there was also a championship of Flanders. So you thought FIDE systems were confusing?) anyway it was the unofficial international championship of Belgium that Devos won.

His first international tournament was Brussels 1937, where he finished 3rd, behind O'Kelly and Feigins. The same year he tied for first in the Belgian champioenship with O'Kelly. Since the play-off match finished 1˝-1˝, they both shared the title.A year later he was declared a national master.

In 1940 he won the national title, in 1941 both the national and the international, this time edging out O'Kelly and Van Seters. In 1945 he won the international Belgian champioenship again (before Soultanbeieff and Van Seters), as well as the national title.

However his international carreer didn't go as well. In Hastings 1945-46 he played in the first series, but shared the last place. In Londen 1946 he shared the 9-11th place out of 12 players (but defeating Euwe along the way). The same year he defeated Soultanbeieff 3˝-2˝ in a short match.

For the rest of his carreer just a brief overview:
National Belgian champioenship 1946:
-6th with 4/9.
Maastricht 1946
-Shared 2nd with Van Scheltinga 5˝/9. Before mainly Alexander, Prins and Soultanbeieff. Baarn 1947 group A
-shared 6th with Van Doesburgh 3/7.Before Maróczy.
Six masters tournament Brussel 1947
-5th with 1˝/5.
Belgium-Holland 1947
-1˝-˝ won against Kramer on the fourth board.
National championship of Belgium 1947
-4th 5˝/9
France-Belgium 1948
-˝-1˝ lost against Muffang on 2nd board.
National champiosnhip of Belgium 1948
-1st 7/9 half a point ahead of Dunkelblum.
Baarn 1948
-4th 5/9 before ao Prins.
Mastert tournament Brussels 1948
-shared first with O'Kelly, Van Seters and Dunkelblum. 1˝/3 International champiosnhip of Belgium 1949
-3rd 5˝/9 Before ao Soultanbeieff.
Belgium-France 1949
-1˝-˝ won against Betbeder Matibet on 1st board.
Belgium-Holland 1950
-˝-1˝ lost against Van Scheltinga on 2nd board.
9th olimpiad Dubrovnik 1950
-6/15 as 3rd player.
Holland-Belgium 1959
-1-1 against Spanjaard on 7th board.

It is remarkable the after 1950 he didn't play a single tournament of importance,although he turned every now and then in the interclubs.

PS: the game I posted above can be played over on my website following -> schaken -> schaakhistorie -> exploten in het buitenland -> Baarn 1948 -> online naspelen.

Mar-10-17  Eastfrisian: Any photo of him available ?
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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> Here you are: London 1946:

Source: :)

Mar-11-17  Eastfrisian: Danke schön.
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