Paris (1933) – A first-look look

Normally, the first place to look for a French tournament is this site:  Héritage des Echecs Français, and in particular, the tournament + match page:

http://heritageechecsfra.free.fr/tourninter.htm

Unfortunately, while when they have coverage, it’s generally very good, our year of interest, 1933, has no detailed treatments of the tournaments/matches they list:

Paris tournoi internationalParis match

Paris match

Paris match

1933 Alekhine

Tartakower-Lilienthal

Alekhine-Bernstein

Well, although my treatment is lacking (e.g. I’ve yet to find online access to any of the important issues of La Stratégie or L’Échiquier des Revues Échecs covering the year), I have utilized the various online databases, and the contemporaneous French newspapers thankfully made available through the French BnF online service Gallica to piece together a fair account of the tournament, together with 32 games + stubs. Et voilá – regardez le First-look look – Paris (1933):



1933-10-20 – Le Petit Parisien p1 – Alekhine–Lazaret [sic- Lazard] (photo)


Paris (Oct. 1933) – Tournoi International D’Échecs de Paris


10-player RR⁽¹⁾   Oct. 19th⁽²⁾ – Oct. 27⁽¹⁾, 1933  at the hall of the Petit Parisian (R1+9) and cercle d’Iéna (R2-8)⁽¹⁾,  Paris FRA.

Time Control:    ?  

Playing sessions⁽³⁾:   1 game/day,  7pm-12pm.  

Entrance Fee:   Invitational(?), sponsored by the Petit Parisien and Miroir du Monde, organized by the FFE⁽⁴⁾.  

Prizes:   unknown.

Prize Winners⁽⁵⁾:  Alekhine, Tartakower, (Baratz, Lilienthal) …

Links:   PGN,  Wikipedia,   CG  (Alekhine-only game collection)


   (1)  — Journal des debats politiques et litteraires 1933-10-21 p4.   (Hall = 18, rue d’Enghlen, Paris-X°, Cercle = 10, avenue d’Iéna)
   (2)  — L’Action française 1933-10-16 p4c4. Beware early reporting from Le Petit Parisien, listing Lazaret instead of Lazard.

   (3)  — L’Action française 10-23-1933 p4. The first round begin at 7:30pm, after drawing of lots⁽¹⁾. The 28th was reserved for unfinished games.
   (4)  — FFE = Fédération française des échecs.  
   (5)  — 1933-10-28 – Le Petit Parisien p6, where we list top three positions, as prize awards unknown.



I couldn’t find any xtab in the literature, nor even a reconstruction online. PaintMyDragon provided me with a version from Di Felice, which I used to correct and reconstruct what I believe is a completely accurate stubified (32/45) version of the tournament – which does match the published final standings:

1933-10-28 – Le Petit Parisien p6 – Final results


Let’s show the Z-base versions of the xtab, first the ChessBase version:

 

SCID RR, sorted by standing (obviously player bio info is lacking – check back later as I’ll try to add it for all the players…):

Paris (1933)
Paris FRA, 1933.10.19 - 1933.10.27
                            Age Nat    Score     A T L B Z C R F G L
---------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Alekhine, Alexander               8.0 /  9   X = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  (+7 -0 =2)
 2: Tartakower, Saviely               6.0 /  9   = X 0 = 1 1 = 1 1 =  (+4 -1 =4)
 3: Lilienthal, Andre                 5.5 /  9   = 1 X 0 = = = = 1 1  (+3 -1 =5)
 4: Baratz, Abraham                   5.5 /  9   0 = 1 X = 1 1 0 = 1  (+4 -2 =3)
 5: Znosko-Borovsky, Eugene  49 RUS   5.0 /  9   0 0 = = X 1 1 1 1 0  (+4 -3 =2)
 6: Cukierman, Josef                  4.0 /  9   0 0 = 0 0 X 1 1 = 1  (+3 -4 =2)
 7: Raizman, Maurice                  3.5 /  9   0 = = 0 0 0 X 1 1 =  (+2 -4 =3)
 8: Frentz, Robert                    3.0 /  9   0 0 = 1 0 0 0 X = 1  (+2 -5 =2)
 9: Gromer, Aristide                  2.5 /  9   0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = X 1  (+1 -5 =3)
10: Lazard, Frederic                  2.0 /  9   0 = 0 0 1 0 = 0 0 X  (+1 -6 =2)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
45 games: +18 =14 -13

SCID RR, sorted by name:


SCID Swiss, sorted by standing (obviously player bio info is lacking):

Paris (1933)
Paris FRA, 1933.10.19 - 1933.10.27
                            Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Alekhine, Alexander               8.0 /  9   10w+  9b+  8w+  5b+  6w+  7b+  2w=  4w+  3b=  (+7 -0 =2)
 2: Tartakower, Saviely               6.0 /  9    5b+  3w-  6b+ 10w=  7b=  9w+  1b=  8w+  4b=  (+4 -1 =4)
 3: Lilienthal, Andre                 5.5 /  9    4b-  2b+ 10w+  9b+  8w=  5b=  6w=  7b=  1w=  (+3 -1 =5)
 4: Baratz, Abraham                   5.5 /  9    3w+ 10b+  9w=  8b-  5w=  6b+  7w+  1b-  2w=  (+4 -2 =3)
 5: Znosko-Borovsky, Eugene  49 RUS   5.0 /  9    2w-  6w+  7b+  1w-  4b=  3w= 10b-  9w+  8b+  (+4 -3 =2)
 6: Cukierman, Josef                  4.0 /  9    8w+  5b-  2w-  7w+  1b-  4w-  3b= 10w+  9b=  (+3 -4 =2)
 7: Raizman, Maurice                  3.5 /  9    9w+  8b+  5w-  6b-  2w=  1w-  4b-  3w= 10b=  (+2 -4 =3)
 8: Frentz, Robert                    3.0 /  9    6b-  7w-  1b-  4w+  3b= 10w+  9b=  2b-  5w-  (+2 -5 =2)
 9: Gromer, Aristide                  2.5 /  9    7b-  1w-  4b=  3w- 10b+  2b-  8w=  5b-  6w=  (+1 -5 =3)
10: Lazard, Frederic                  2.0 /  9    1b-  4w-  3b-  2b=  9w-  8b-  5w+  6b-  7w=  (+1 -6 =2)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
45 games: +18 =14 -13

SCID Swiss, sorted by name:


(Commentary – maybe someday!)

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