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Manuel Aaron
M Aaron 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 74
Years covered: 1960 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2315
Overall record: +7 -50 =17 (20.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A53 Old Indian (5 games)
A56 Benoni Defense (5 games)
D37 Queen's Gambit Declined (3 games)
B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein (3 games)
E70 King's Indian (2 games)
E61 King's Indian (2 games)
E60 King's Indian Defense (2 games)
D55 Queen's Gambit Declined (2 games)
E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack (2 games)
B06 Robatsch (2 games)

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(born Dec-30-1935, 81 years old) Myanmar (federation/nationality India)

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Manuel Aaron was born in Toungoo, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and grew up in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the first Indian chess master in the modern tradition. Awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1961 after winning the Asian-Australian Zonal, he was India's first IM. In 14 Indian Championships he took first place on seven occasions from 1959 to 1981, and five times in succession from 1969 to 1973. He was Indian champion in 1959,1961, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1981. He also won the Tamil Nadu Championship 11 times between 1957 and 1982. In 1962 he qualified for the Stockholm interzonal and although finishing last place (23rd place) he inflicted defeats upon Lajos Portisch and Wolfgang Uhlmann. He became an International Arbiter (IA) in 1986. He played with the Indian team at the 1960, 1962, and 1964 Chess Olympiads.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 74  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Sliwa vs M Aaron 1-038 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Aaron vs Najdorf  ½-½41 1960 LeipzigE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
3. M Aaron vs Euwe 1-055 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BA47 Queen's Indian
4. M Aaron vs Botvinnik 0-154 1960 LeipzigA47 Queen's Indian
5. F Campomanes vs M Aaron  ½-½40 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. M Aaron vs Robatsch  0-142 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
7. E Contedini vs M Aaron  ½-½23 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
8. M Aaron vs J Durao  ½-½43 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)A56 Benoni Defense
9. A Kostjoerin vs M Aaron  0-123 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. M Aaron vs A Gudmundsson  0-152 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Y Porat vs M Aaron  1-029 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. M Aaron vs Letelier  0-144 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. E Jimenez Zerquera vs M Aaron  1-027 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
14. M Aaron vs K S Ojanen  ½-½38 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)E70 King's Indian
15. A Tarnowski vs M Aaron  ½-½47 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. M Aaron vs A Nielsen  ½-½27 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. A Pomar Salamanca vs M Aaron  1-030 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)A95 Dutch, Stonewall
18. M Aaron vs Stahlberg  ½-½32 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. S Johannessen vs M Aaron  1-047 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. M Aaron vs A Beni  0-134 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
21. M Aaron vs Flohr 0-140 1961 Hastings 1961/62D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Wade vs M Aaron  1-073 1961 Hastings 1961/62A15 English
23. M Aaron vs J Littlewood  1-042 1961 Hastings 1961/62D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Botvinnik vs M Aaron 1-041 1961 Hastings 1961/62A00 Uncommon Opening
25. M Aaron vs Gligoric 0-141 1961 Hastings 1961/62A53 Old Indian
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Jun-14-05  aw1988: Tell me something. How do posts like asianboy's end up on pages like these? This makes absolutely no relevance to the player, and is stupidity.
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  TheAlchemist: <aw1988> That is one for the ages, yes :-)
Dec-21-05  billiejoelover21: this is pretty sweet
Dec-30-05  chesswonders: Happy birthday! Indian chess owes a lot to him!
Dec-30-06  BIDMONFA: Manuel Aaron

AARON, Manuel

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  whiteshark: Aaron Chess Academy:
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  whiteshark: A photo from Leipzig 1960 Olympiad, where he showed an ELO 2509 performance:

Jun-05-09  myschkin: . . .

Manuel Aaron pioneered the game of chess as a youngster and have played a pivotal role ever since in placing India, as an emerging force in world chess forum. He was the first Indian to earn the title of International Master. While Aaron made a significant contribution to Indian chess in his career as a competitive player, his efforts to increase chess awareness and make the game popular, is dominant till date. He formed many chess groups and convinced players to learn the openings and other formal chess literature, thus helping making the international variety popular in India.

First chess player to be honored with the Arjuna Award (India's highest sports award).


Sep-12-09  jerseybob: Aaron finished dead last in the 1962 Interzonal, but check out the two games he did win, against Uhlmann and Portisch (against whom he had a 2-0 lifetime record). They're both very good games, as black in a K.I.D. both times.
Sep-12-09  Raisin Death Ray: I prefer his brother, Henry! :)
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  Benzol: This one is so old it's got cobwebs on it.
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  Domdaniel: He wants to invest in 'your country'. Myanmar or India?
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  Domdaniel: Scam Spams, thankfully, seem to be deleted. Maybe these now-meaningless posts can be removed as well?
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  whiteshark: Secret messages from one-eyed avatars. Mysterious mysteries at
Dec-30-09  talisman: happy birthday M.A.
<Raisin Death Ray> ...and Tommy.:)
Dec-30-09  waustad: Wasn't Mir Sultan Khan a chess master in the modern tradition? He started out playing an Indian variety of the game, but became quite proficient at the Western version.
Dec-30-09  Petrosianic: Not sure what "In the tradition" means. I don't think FIDE ever gave him the GM title, making Aaron the first titled Indian player, though I could be wrong about that.

From what I hear, Aaron is still around, and a much respected chess teacher and coach in India.

Dec-30-09  Raisin Death Ray: I prefer his brother Hank!
Oct-10-12  Conrad93: Mir Sultan Khan played chess through natural ability. He had no theoretical knowledge.

This was the first strong player to apply chess knowledge into his games and get a title.

Dec-11-12  vinidivici: This guy is the first master from India.
Dec-30-12  waustad: When I wrote my earlier comment I was thinking of modern (European style) chess as opposed to the ancient game or an Asian variant. Although FIDE titles did not exist in his day, Jeff Sonas rates Mir Sultan Khan as clearly of master strength:
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  GrahamClayton: Aaron was the inaugral editor of the Indian chess magazine "Chess Mate" in 1983, which is now an online e-zine:

Dec-30-12  Kikoman: Happy 77th Birthday IM Manuel Aaron. :D
Jan-04-13  goggi: Where is the game "Mark Taimanov vs Manuel Aaron" 1964 1-0?
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  offramp: I prefer his brother Hank! Lol!

At various times he beat Euwe, Portisch, Uhlmann and Bisguier.

The 2 wins against Portisch were both in 1962.

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