1st unofficial Chess Olympiad

The 1st Team Chess Tournament was held together with the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, 12–20 July 1924, at the Hotel Majestic. Fifty-four players representing 18 countries were split into nine preliminary groups of six. The winner of each round qualified for the Championship while the rest joined an eight-round Swiss consolation tournament.[1][2]

ResultsEdit

The final results were as follows:

Amateur World ChampionshipEdit

# Player Points Buch
1   Hermanis Matisons (LAT) 5.5
2   Fricis Apšenieks (LAT) 5.0
3   Edgard Colle (BEL) 4.5
4   Árpád Vajda (HUN) 4 16.75
5   Machgielis Euwe (NED) 4 15.75
6   Anatol Tschepurnoff (FIN) 4 14.75
7   Luis Argentino Palau (ARG) 3.5
8   Manuel Golmayo de la Torriente (ESP) 3
9   Kornél Havasi (HUN) 2.5

Consolation CupEdit

# Player Σ Points Qual. Final
1   Karel Hromádka (TCH) 9.5 3 6.5
2   Jan Schulz (TCH) 9 4 5
3   Erwin Voellmy (SUI) 8.5 3.5 5
4   Kārlis Bētiņš (LAT) 8 2 6
  Georges Renaud (FRA) 8 3 5
  Roberto Grau (ARG) 8 3.5 4.5
  George Koltanowski (BEL) 8 3.5 4.5
8   Giovanni Cenni (ITA) 7.5 1.5 6
  Endre Steiner (HUN) 7.5 2 5.5
  Otto Zimmermann (SUI) 7.5 2.5 5
  Dawid Daniuszewski (POL) 7.5 2.5 5
  Károly Sterk (HUN) 7.5 3 4.5
  Damián Reca (ARG) 7.5 3.5 4
14–45 etc.

Individual medalsEdit

# Player Achievement
1   Hermanis Matisons (LAT) Championship Final Winner
2   Fricis Apšenieks (LAT) Championship Final 2nd place
  Edgard Colle (BEL) Championship Final 3rd place
3   Árpád Vajda (HUN) Championship Final Participant
  Machgielis Euwe (NED) Championship Final Participant
  Anatol Tschepurnoff (FIN) Championship Final Participant
  Luis Argentino Palau (ARG) Championship Final Participant
  Manuel Golmayo de la Torriente (ESP) Championship Final Participant
  Kornél Havasi (HUN) Championship Final Participant
  Karel Hromádka (TCH) Consolation Cup Winner

Team ClassificationEdit

# Team Points Players
1   Czechoslovakia 31 Hromádka 9½, Schulz 9, Vaněk 6½, Skalička 6
2   Hungary 30 Vajda 8, Sterk 7½, Steiner E. 7½, Havasi 7
3    Switzerland 29 Voellmy 8½, Zimmermann 7½, Johner H. 6½, Naegeli
4   Latvia 27.5 Apšenieks 10, Matisons 9½, Bētiņš 8
  Argentina 27.5 Grau 8, Reca 7½, Palau 7, Fernández Coria 5
6   Italy 26.5 Cenni 7½, Rosselli del Turco 7, Romih 6½, Miliani
7   France 25.5 Renaud 8, Lazard F. 6½, Duchamp 6, Gibaud 5
  Poland 25.5 Daniuszewski 7½, Piltz 6, Kohn 6, Kleczyński 6
9   Belgium 24 Colle 8½, Koltanowski 8, Lancel 5, Jonet 2½
10   Spain 19 Golmayo Torriente 7, Marin y Llovet 6, Rey Ardid 6
11   Netherlands 18.5 Euwe 8, Oskam 6, Rueb
12   Romania 18 Davidescu 7, Gudju 6, Loewenton 5
13   Finland 15 Tschepurnoff 9, Malmberg 6
14   Great Britain 12.5 Handasyde 6, Wreford-BrownHolloway 3
15   Irish Free State 5.5 O'Hanlon
16   Canada 5 Smith 5
17   Russia1 4.5 Potemkine 3, Kahn
18   Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 2.5 Rozić 2½

1 Potemkine and Kahn were émigrés living in Paris and represented "Russia", not the Soviet Union.

FIDEEdit

On 20 July, the last day of the games, 15 delegates from all over the World signed the proclamation act of the International Chess Federation (originally known as Fédération Internationale des Échecs in French) and elected Dr. Alexander Rueb of the Netherlands the first FIDE president.

Latin motto Gens una sumus ("we are one family") became official and well-recognized watchword of the chess unity. Below is the historic list of 15 founders of FIDE: Abonyi (Hungary), Grau (Argentina), Gudju (Romania), Marusi (Italy), Nicolet (Switzerland), Ovadija (Yugoslavia), Penalver y Zamora (Spain), Rawlins (Great Britain), Rueb (Netherlands), Skalička (Czechoslovakia), Smith (Canada), Towbin (Poland), Tschepurnoff (Finland), Vincent (France), Weltjens (Belgium).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ OlimpBase :: Chess Olympiad Paris 1924: information
  2. ^ Stanisław Gawlikowski Olimpiady szachowe 1924 - 1974 Wyd. Sport i Turystyka, Warszawa 1978