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John Drewitt
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1908 to 1929
Overall record: +16 -12 =8 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-17-1873, died Mar-19-1931, 57 years old) United Kingdom

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John Arthur James Drewitt was born in Patching, Sussex, England. He was London champion in 1927, 1928 and 1929-30. He was a philosophy professor. He died en route to Hastings in 1931 after falling from a train.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs J Drewitt  0-1211908Simul, 26bC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Drewitt vs R Barnett  1-0291919Oxford Univ - Imperial Chess ClubC42 Petrov Defense
3. Euwe vs J Drewitt  ½-½451921BroadstairsC42 Petrov Defense
4. B Siegheim vs J Drewitt  1-0491922Hastings 1922/23D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. J H Blake vs J Drewitt  ½-½361922Hastings 1922/23C26 Vienna
6. A G Conde vs J Drewitt  1-0301922Hastings 1922/23D02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. P W Sergeant vs J Drewitt  ½-½261922Hastings 1922/23D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
8. J Drewitt vs Reti 0-1581922Hastings 1922/23B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. J Drewitt vs P W Sergeant  1-0201923Brighton vs HampsteadC46 Three Knights
10. J Drewitt vs Rubinstein 1-0341923Hastings 1922/23C49 Four Knights
11. J Drewitt vs C R Gurnhill  1-0201923BCF-ch 16th Major OpenC49 Four Knights
12. Alekhine vs J Drewitt 1-0221923BCF-ch 16th Major OpenA06 Reti Opening
13. Euwe vs J Drewitt  ½-½251924WestonB58 Sicilian
14. Znosko-Borovsky vs J Drewitt  1-0421924WestonC42 Petrov Defense
15. J H Blake vs J Drewitt  ½-½261924WestonC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. J Drewitt vs C Duffield  ½-½231924WestonC47 Four Knights
17. P D Bolland vs J Drewitt  0-1791924WestonC42 Petrov Defense
18. J Drewitt vs G Wainwright  1-0471924WestonB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. J Drewitt vs E Spencer  1-0311924WestonC47 Four Knights
20. J Drewitt vs G A Thomas  0-1251924WestonC49 Four Knights
21. A J Mackenzie vs J Drewitt  ½-½191924WestonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Herbert Gibson Rhodes vs J Drewitt  1-0451924BCF-ch 17th Major OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. G W Moses vs J Drewitt  1-0291924BCF-ch 17th Major OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. F Schofield vs J Drewitt  0-1281924BCF-ch 17th Major OpenC42 Petrov Defense
25. Rubinstein vs J Drewitt  1-0241924BCF Major OpenD95 Grunfeld
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  Benzol: John Arthur James Drewitt
Born 17th October 1873 in Patching
Died 19th March 1931 in Hastings
He was London Champion in 1927, 1928 and 1929-30.
Apr-18-07  aktajha: He more often lost the game than drewitt
Jun-12-10  BobCrisp: <His death occurred near Battle when he fell from a train. Post mortem reports showed that his heart was diseased and he may have known about this. The heart problem would have caused giddiness and could have brought about his fall from the train, though, on the other hand, his death could have been suicide, if he knew how weak his heart was.>

Jul-11-10  BobCrisp: Not to be confused with Jack-the-Ripper suspect, Montague John Druitt:
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  MissScarlett: Anish Giri's favourite player.
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  MissScarlett: Sussex Express, March 20th, 1931, p.11:

<A prominent figure in the chess world, who regularly represented Sussex in county games, Mr. J. A. J. Drewitt, of Datchet Dene, Guestling, met a tragic fate yesterday (Thursday) morning, when he fell from a London to Hastings express at Mountfield Crossing, near Battle, and was fatally injured.

He was found by platelayers lying beside the line, and was taken in the Battle motor ambulance to the Royal East Sussex Hospital, Hastings, but died on the way.

He had no relatives near Hastings, and he lived at Guestling as a paying guest. His aged mother, a brother and sisters, live at Worthing.


His landlady, Miss M. E. Thomas, told a "Sussex Express” reporter that Mr. Drewitt had lodged with her for the past 10 years.

"This is a terrible shock to me,” she said. "Mr. Drewitt left home this morning about quarter to ten. I thought he was going as usual to the Hastings Chess Club at Carlisle Parade, for his last words to me were: 'Don’t worry if I am a little bit late. I shall keep on playing till I win.' I had no idea he was going to take a train journey, though, of course, he often had to travel to chess matches away. He left in rather a hurry, I suppose now, because he was afraid he might lose the train.

"He was generally most cheerful, though occasionally he had melancholy moments. He worried rather over the sudden death of my aunt last Christmas, for we had been very happy together for the last 10 years. Now I am left quite alone.”


Mr. Drewitt's death has cast a deep shadow over the Hastings Club, where he had many real friends. A fellow-member told the "Sussex Express" that he would be greatly missed, not only there, but in British chess circles generally.

"He was always a very reserved man," he said, "but he was undoubtedly popular. He seemed to spend his whole life playing chess.">

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