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James Macrae Aitken
Number of games in database: 140
Years covered: 1937 to 1977

Overall record: +42 -52 =46 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B74 B32 B90 B91 B84
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C84 C97 C71 C67 C78
 French Defense (11) 
    C11 C02 C05 C18 C01
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C97 C99 C92 C87
 Sicilian Dragon (8) 
    B74 B73 B37
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B13 B10 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C78 C71 C75 C99 C79
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D55 D51 D69 D52 D64
 English (6) 
    A12 A13 A18 A15
 Sicilian (5) 
    B74 B20 B84 B70 B54
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C99 C96 C86
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 A46 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tartakower vs Aitken, 1949 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Aitken, 1937 0-1
   Aitken vs C Hunter, 1949 1-0
   Aitken vs G A Thomas, 1946 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Bournemouth (1939)
   Hastings 1946/47 (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1945/46 by Tabanus
   Hastings 1945/46 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-27-1908, died Dec-03-1983, 75 years old) United Kingdom

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Dr. James Macrae Aitken was born in Calderbank Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was Scottish Champion in 1935, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1965 (jointly). He was also London Champion in 1950. His PhD dissertation was on the Lisbon Inquisition. He passed away in Cheltenham in 1983.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 140  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Gauffin vs Aitken  ½-½50 1937 7th olm finalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Aitken vs A Dunkelblum  0-152 1937 7th olm finalB10 Caro-Kann
3. Aitken vs Tartakower 0-194 1937 7th olm finalC71 Ruy Lopez
4. Aitken vs S Landau  ½-½55 1937 7th olm finalB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. J Enevoldsen vs Aitken 1-024 1937 7th olm finalD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. G A Thomas vs Aitken  0-151 1937 7th olm finalC78 Ruy Lopez
7. Aitken vs Keres  0-142 1937 Stockholm olB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Aitken vs V Castaldi  0-146 1937 7th olm finalC01 French, Exchange
9. E Gilfer vs Aitken  0-169 1937 7th olm finalD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
10. Aitken vs V Mikenas  0-144 1937 7th olm finalB32 Sicilian
11. Aitken vs S Herseth  1-040 1937 7th olm finalC11 French
12. Stahlberg vs Aitken 0-138 1937 7th olm finalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Aitken vs Lilienthal  0-142 1937 7th olm finalC11 French
14. Pirc vs Aitken  1-063 1937 7th olm finalD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
15. Aitken vs Reshevsky  ½-½57 1937 7th olm finalC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Aitken vs M Pavey  0-149 1939 SCO-chB54 Sicilian
17. J Gilchrist vs Aitken  ½-½40 1939 SCO-chC29 Vienna Gambit
18. Aitken vs Flohr 0-129 1939 BournemouthB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. I Koenig vs Aitken  ½-½44 1939 BournemouthA13 English
20. Euwe vs Aitken  1-036 1939 BournemouthD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Aitken vs F Kitto 1-027 1939 BournemouthC67 Ruy Lopez
22. G Abrahams vs Aitken  0-128 1939 BournemouthC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Aitken vs P N Wallis  ½-½50 1939 BournemouthD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. S Landau vs Aitken  ½-½42 1939 BournemouthD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Aitken vs A G Conde  ½-½86 1939 BournemouthB10 Caro-Kann
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  Benzol: James Macrae Aitken
Born 27th October 1908 in Calderbank, Lanarkshire
Died 3rd December 1983 Cheltenham
Scottish champion 1935, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961 and jointly in 1965. He was also London Champion in 1950.
Jul-20-06  Morphystyle: Aitken is a great attacker. He played one of my favorite games (that is not here yet), it is from the 1937 Olympiad. He was white in a French exchange. He was strong, but always got beaten by the top players. Entertaining player of the day.
Jul-27-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of his otb combinations:
Jun-12-09  myschkin: . . .

During World War II, James Macrae Aitken worked in 'Hut 6' at Bletchley Park on solving German Enigma machines.

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  keypusher: <myschkin: . . .

During World War II, James Macrae Aitken worked in 'Hut 6' at Bletchley Park on solving German Enigma machines.>

Another tragic case of misplaced priorities. The English masters during WWII seemed particularly prone to this.

Jun-12-09  myschkin: . . .

<KP> A German violinist is looking for the remaining <key>



Backround info:

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Oct-29-10  BobCrisp:

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From a consultation game between <Oxford University> vs. the <Lud Eagle Club>, otherwise <JM Aitken & CS Besinger> vs <F Leicester & G Tregaskis>, White found 1.Qc7!! 1...Qh6+ 2.Re3 changes nothing.

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  kingscrusher: Code breaker at Bletchley park

Dec-03-11  BIDMONFA: James Macrae Aitken

AITKEN, James M.

Oct-27-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir James Macrae Aitken.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: James Macrae Aitken.
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  MissScarlett: <An extract from a letter sent by Harry Woolverton to <Newsflash> (see July 1984 issue, page 6):

'It is not generally known that Aitken played a match with the veteran Mieses in 1947 which he won by 5.5-0.5. In deference to the feelings of the old master the result was never published. I watched the second game which was played at the Ilford Chess Club; a collection was made at the time for the veteran.'> C.N.787

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  Nosnibor: I first met and played Dr.Aitken in the 1st Jersey International Tournament in May 1973 where he and myself together with W Schmid,R.0`Kelly and Tim Harding finished second equal half a point behind the late Cardoso. Our game ended in a fighting draw. I found him to be a very polite and amiable gentleman full of Scottish humour and anecdotes.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, James Aitken.
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  diagonal: An extended portrait offers:
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