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James Macrae Aitken
Number of games in database: 139
Years covered: 1937 to 1977
Overall record: +42 -51 =46 (46.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B74 B91 B90 B84 B32
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C84 C97 C71 C78 C61
 French Defense (11) 
    C11 C02 C18 C05 C01
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C97 C99 C87 C98
 Sicilian Dragon (8) 
    B74 B37 B73
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B10 B19 B13
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C78 C71 C75 C79 C99
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D55 D51 D69 D54 D64
 English (6) 
    A13 A12 A15 A18
 Sicilian (5) 
    B74 B54 B20 B70 B84
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 D02 A46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C99 C86 C96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aitken vs G A Thomas, 1946 1-0
   Tartakower vs Aitken, 1949 0-1
   Aitken vs C Hunter, 1949 1-0
   Aitken vs M Christoffel, 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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Last updated: 2016-07-28 12:52:30

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 139  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Aitken vs Lilienthal  0-142 1937 7th olm finalC11 French
2. E Gilfer vs Aitken  0-169 1937 7th olm finalD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
3. Aitken vs Tartakower 0-194 1937 7th olm finalC71 Ruy Lopez
4. Pirc vs Aitken  1-063 1937 7th olm finalD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
5. Aitken vs Keres  0-142 1937 Stockholm olB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
6. Aitken vs V Castaldi  0-146 1937 7th olm finalC01 French, Exchange
7. Aitken vs A Dunkelblum  0-152 1937 7th olm finalB10 Caro-Kann
8. Aitken vs S Herseth  1-040 1937 7th olm finalC11 French
9. G A Thomas vs Aitken  0-151 1937 7th olm finalC78 Ruy Lopez
10. T Gauffin vs Aitken  ½-½50 1937 7th olm finalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Stahlberg vs Aitken 0-138 1937 7th olm finalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Aitken vs S Landau  ½-½55 1937 7th olm finalB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. Aitken vs Reshevsky  ½-½57 1937 7th olm finalC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Aitken vs V Mikenas  0-144 1937 7th olm finalB32 Sicilian
15. J Enevoldsen vs Aitken 1-024 1937 7th olm finalD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. G Abrahams vs Aitken  0-128 1939 BournemouthC50 Giuoco Piano
17. J Mieses vs Aitken 0-129 1939 BournemouthC27 Vienna Game
18. Aitken vs E Klein  0-138 1939 BournemouthC41 Philidor Defense
19. S Landau vs Aitken  ½-½42 1939 BournemouthD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Aitken vs F Kitto 1-027 1939 BournemouthC67 Ruy Lopez
21. I Koenig vs Aitken  ½-½44 1939 BournemouthA13 English
22. Aitken vs Flohr 0-129 1939 BournemouthB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. Euwe vs Aitken  1-036 1939 BournemouthD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Aitken vs M Pavey  0-149 1939 SCO-chB54 Sicilian
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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