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Games Collection of Dr James Macrae Aitken (27 October 1908 - 3 December 1983)
967 game entries from 1931 to 1983 • Download PGN Updated Friday 5 March, 2021 9:17 AM

Dr James Macrae Aitken (born 27 October 1908, Calderbank, Lanarkshire, died 3 December 1983, Cheltenham)

Biography at Chess Scotland website

JM Aitken writing about his own chess memories (1962) - Chess Scotland website

Wikipedia Entry

Wartime cryptanalyst, Bletchley Park, 1940-45

Scottish chess champion ten times between 1932 and 1965 and represented Scotland in four chess Olympiads between 1937 and 1972.

1963 Dr JM Aitken
Dr James M Aitken in play at the 1963 Enschede Zonal, 5 October 1963 (playing M Filip). Second left is Jonathan Penrose.


Aitken's Ten Scottish Championship Wins

48th Scottish Championship, Aberdeen, 22-25 April 1935

1935 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
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1 1 1 1 ½
2 George Page 0
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1 ½ ½ 1 3
3 J B McGibbon 0 0
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½ 1 1
4 Luis Neftali Ponce Miranda 0 ½ ½
&;
½ 1
5 Mary Dinorah Gilchrist 0 ½ 0 ½
&;
½
6 William Robert D McNaughton ½ 0 0 0 ½
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1

59th Scottish Championship, Glasgow, April 1952

1952 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
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½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 7
2 Norman Alasdair Macleod ½
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0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6
3 Peter B Anderson 0 1
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½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
4 Armins Lerchs 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1
5 Nicholas Anthony Perkins 1 ½ 1 ½
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0 ½ ½ ½ 1
6 Claud William Marshall ½ 0 0 0 1
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½ 1 1 1 5
7 Erwin Knopfler 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
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½ 1 0 4
8 D H Beattie 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½
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1 ½ 3
9 Dr Maurice Rose § 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0
&;
1 2
10 T J Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0
&;

§ birthname Mordhai Roizentzvit

60th Scottish Championship, Edinburgh, 3-11 April 1953

1953 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
&;
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 Erwin Knopfler 0
&;
½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 5
3 Norman Alasdair Macleod 0 ½
&;
½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5
4 T R Harvey 0 0 ½
&;
1 0 1 1 1
5 Henfrey Austin Turriff 0 1 ½ 0
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1 0 1 ½ 4
6 S L Hart 0 0 0 1 0
&;
½ 1 1
7 Ian Candlish Kirkwood 0 0 0 0 1 ½
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½ 1 3
8 R A Donald 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½
&;
½
9 Armins Lerchs 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
&;

62nd Scottish Championship, Aberdeen, 15-22 1955

1955 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  Total 
1 Dr James M Aitken
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½ 1 1 1 1 1   1          
2 Dr Richard Charles Nairn ½
&;
1 1 ½ 1 1         1     6
3 Armins Lerchs 0 0
&;
  1 1     1   ½ 1    
4 Peter B Anderson 0 0  
&;
        ½ 1 1   1 ½ 4
5 Ian Charles Middleton 0 ½ 0  
&;
  ½     1     1 1 4
6 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue 0 0 0    
&;
1 1     ½   1  
7 Dr Norbert Uri 0 0     ½ 0
&;
1 1     1    
8 J E Bothwell           0 0
&;
0 0 1 1   1 3
9 Dr Francis Henry Charles Marriott 0   0 ½     0 1
&;
  1     ½ 3
10 Dr Maurice Rose       0 0     1  
&;
0 1 0 1 3
11 E A Woods     ½ 0   ½   0 0 1
&;
  1   3
12 George Duguid Campbell   0 0       0 0   0  
&;
1 1 2
13 Dr Reginald Frank Twort       0 0 0       1 0 0
&;
1 2
14 Thomas Russell, jnr       ½ 0     0 ½ 0   0 0
&;
1

63rd Scottish Championship, Dundee, 21-28 July 1956

1956 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
&;
½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Michael Fallone ½
&;
½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7
3 Claud William Marshall 0 ½
&;
1 1 0 1 1 1 1
4 George A Dickson 0 ½ 0
&;
0 1 1 1 1 1
5 Edward George William Beckingham 0 0 0 1
&;
½ 1 1 1 ½ 5
6 H Deas 0 0 1 0 ½
&;
0 ½ 0 1 3
7 James Cairncross 0 0 0 0 0 1
&;
1 0 ½
8 A J Galbraith 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0
&;
½ 1
9 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
&;
0
10 E A Woods 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1
&;
2

64th Scottish Championship, Glasgow, 12-20 July 1957

1957 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
&;
1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 George A Dickson 0
&;
0 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½
3 Michael Fallone ½ 1
&;
0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
4 Norman Alasdair Macleod ½ 0 1
&;
½ 1 ½ 1 1 1
5 I Morton 0 0 0 ½
&;
1 ½ 1 1 1 5
6 James Cairncross 0 0 0 0 0
&;
1 0 1 1 3
7 George McGowan 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0
&;
½ ½ ½ 3
8 P McLaren 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½
&;
0 1
9 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1
&;
0 2
10 J A Johnstone 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
&;
2

65th Scottish Championship, Edinburgh, 5-12 July 1958

1958 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
&;
½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 George A Dickson ½
&;
1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 Michael Fallone ½ 0
&;
0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1
4 Nicholas Anthony Perkins 0 0 1
&;
0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
5 G Weeden 0 ½ 0 1
&;
½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 7
6 E Allan 0 0 0 0 ½
&;
1 1 1 1 1 1
7 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue 0 0 0 ½ 0 0
&;
½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4
8 D Munro 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 1
9 Claud William Marshall 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½
&;
½ 0 1 3
10 Thomas Russell 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½
&;
½ 0 3
11 D G Weir 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
&;
0
12 Major William Ernest Bruges 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
&;
2

67th Scottish Championship, Aberdeen, 16-22 July 1960

1960 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken +4 +10 +6 =5 =2 =3 +8
2 Raymond W M Baxter +13 =5 +8 =6 =1 +9 =5 5
3 Andrew Robert Grant Horton –6 +14 +10 +12 =5 =1 =2
4 A Macleod –1 –12 +14 +8 =9 +13 +5
5 Peter Coast +12 =2 +9 =1 =3 =6 –4 4
6 T McKelvie +3 +7 –1 =2 =12 =5 –10
7 Dr Francis Henry Charles Marriott –10 –6 =13 –9 +14 +11 +12
8 Dr Richard Charles Nairn =14 +9 –2 –4 +11 +12 –1
9 George Duguid Campbell +11 –8 –5 +7 =4 –2 =13 3
10 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue +7 –1 –3 –11 +13 –14 +6 3
11 Derek Ross Thomson –9 +13 –12 +10 –8 –7 +14 3
12 Major William Ernest Bruges –5 +4 +11 –3 =6 –8 –7
13 J E Bothwell –2 –11 =7 +14 –10 –4 =9 2
14 S Vezy =8 –3 –4 –13 –7 +10 –11

68th Scottish Championship, Edinburgh, 8-15 July 1961

1961 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken +7 +9 =3 +17 +2 +4 +8 =5 7
2 George A Dickson =10 +15 +6 +8 –1 +5 +3 +4
3 Michael Macdonald-Ross +19 +6 =1 –4 +17 +12 –2 +9
4 J Wilkes =16 +14 +8 +3 +12 –1 +6 –2
5 E Allan –13 =7 +18 +19 +11 –2 +14 =1 5
6 Derek Ross Thomson +12 –3 –2 +18 +14 +9 –4 +8 5
7 E D Martin –1 =5 –14 +20 +10 –13 +12 +16
8 George Duguid Campbell +11 +13 –4 –2 +16 +17 –1 –6 4
9 Michael J Freeman +20 –1 –11 +10 +15 –6 +13 –3 4
10 P H Hansen =2 –17 +15 –9 –7 +19 +11 =14 4
11 N J Maclean –8 +20 +9 –12 –5 +16 –10 +17 4
12 A MacLeod –6 +19 +13 +11 –4 –3 –7 +20 4
13 D Munro +5 –8 –12 –15 +19 +7 –9 +18 4
14 W G Armstrong =17 –4 +7 =16 –6 +18 –5 =10
15 T McKelvie =18 –2 –10 +13 –9 =20 =17 +19
16 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue =4 +18 –17 =14 –8 –11 +20 –7 3
17 J A Johnstone =14 +10 +16 –1 –3 –8 =15 –11 3
18 A Goldberg =15 –16 –5 –6 +20 –14 +19 –13
19 A R Cormack –3 –12 +20 –5 –13 –10 –18 –15 1
20 D Donald –9 –11 –19 –7 –18 =15 –16 –12 ½

72nd Scottish Championship, Aberdeen, 10-16 July 1965

1965 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken § +24 +18 =4 –2 +11 +12 +8
2 Peter M Jamieson § +21 +6 +10 +1 +4 =8 –3
3 Raymond W M Baxter +19 =8 =12 +13 =5 +10 +2
4 Alexander Munro Davie +23 +7 =1 +15 –2 +5 =6 5
5 Peter M George +22 =11 +9 +17 =3 –4 +14 5
6 R J Austin +20 –2 +23 +16 –8 +17 =4
7 Edward Davis +25 –4 –8 +22 +23 =15 +12
8 Michael J Freeman =13 =3 +7 +9 +6 =2 –1
9 Col. William Grenville Irvine-Fortescue +12 +20 –5 –8 –10 +11 +18 4
10 J A Johnstone +14 +16 –2 –12 +9 –3 +17 4
11 Gerald Bonner =15 =5 =25 +19 –1 –9 +21
12 Hugh D Holmes –9 +21 =3 +10 +13 –1 –7
13 A G Laing =8 +26 +15 –3 –12 –14 +19
14 P McLaren –10 –15 +22 =25 +19 +13 –5
15 Alexander Aird Thomson =11 +14 –13 –4 +25 =7 =16
16 Dr J M Wallace +17 –10 =19 –6 =18 +20 =15
17 J E Bothwell –16 +22 +18 –5 +20 –6 –10 3
18 E Gollnick +26 –1 –17 =23 =16 +24 –9 3
19 T I Cowling –3 +25 =16 –11 –14 +23 –13
20 W P Watson –6 –9 +26 +21 –17 –16 =24
21 Major William Ernest Bruges –2 –12 –24 –20 +26 +25 –11 2
22 W A Bryden –5 –17 –14 –7 =24 +26 =23 2
23 George Duguid Campbell –4 +24 –6 =18 –7 –19 =22 2
24 F McKenna –1 –23 +21 –26 =22 –18 =20 2
25 J Wilkes –7 –19 =11 =14 –15 –21 +26 2
26 C B Russell –18 –13 –20 +24 –21 –22 –25 1

§ After Xmas, a double-round play-off ended Aitken & Jamieson 2½/4, Baxter 1, so Aitken & Jamieson shared the title.


Other Crosstables

London Championship, 13-23 October 1945 (venues Lud-Eagle club & Holborn Town Hall)

1945 London Chess Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Gabriel Wood
&;
½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 8
2 Dr Paul M List ½
&;
0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 Dr Otto Friedman 0 1
&;
1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 7
4 Sir George Thomas 0 0 0
&;
1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
5 Dr James M Aitken 0 ½ 1 0
&;
0 0 1 1 1 1
6 William L Brierley 1 0 0 ½ 1
&;
1 0 ½ 0 1
7 Harold Brown ½ 0 0 0 1 0
&;
½ 1 1 1 5
8 Alan F Truscott 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½
&;
½ ½ 1 5
9 Alexander Distler 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
&;
1 1
10 Geoffrey H Diggle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0
&;
½ 2
11 R E Hayley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½
&;
½

FIDE West European Zonal Tournament, 27 April - 16 May 1951, Bad Pyrmont, Germany

1951 Bad Pyrmont Zonal Tournament Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15  Total 
1 Gligoric,Svetozar YUG
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½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 11
2 Unzicker,Wolfgang FRG ½
&;
1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 10
3 Prins,Lodewijk NED 1 0
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
4 Matanovic,Aleksandar YUG ½ 0 ½
&;
0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
5 Golombek,Harry ENG 0 ½ ½ 1
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9
6 Pirc,Vasja YUG 0 ½ 0 ½ ½
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1
7 Bogoljubow,Efim FRG 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
1 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 8
8 Donner,Jan Hein NED ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0
&;
1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1
9 Aitken,James Macrae SCO 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 0
&;
½ 0 1 ½ 1 1
10 Grob,Henry SUI 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½
&;
½ 0 0 1 ½ 6
11 Kramer,Haije J NED 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½
&;
1 0 ½ 1
12 De Moura,Joao POR 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 0
&;
1 ½ 1 5
13 Kuebart,Erich DDR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 0
&;
½ 1 5
14 Pomar Salamanca,Arturo ESP 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½
&;
1 3
15 Paoli,Enrico ITA ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0
&;
2

The first five qualified for the interzonal while another four received prizes, including Dr. Aitken.

West European Zonal, 4-26 June 1954, Munich, Germany

1954 Munich Zonal Tournament Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  Total 
1 Unzicker,Wolfgang FRG
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15
2 Rabar,Braslav YUG ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 14½
3 Donner,Jan Hein NED ½ ½
&;
½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14½
4 Fuderer,Andrija YUG 0 ½ ½
&;
½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 14
5 Pirc,Vasja YUG ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 13½
6 Toran Albero,Roman ESP ½ 0 1 1 0
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 12½
7 Golombek,Harry ENG ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 12½
8 Kramer,Haije J NED ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 11½
9 Castaldi,Vincenzo ITA 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
0 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 9
10 Lokvenc,Josef AUT ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 9
11 Bhend,Edwin SUI 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
&;
½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1
12 Lehmann,Heinz FRG ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½
&;
0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0
13 Aitken,James Macrae SCO 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1
&;
0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½
14 Burstein,Sylvain FRA 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1
&;
1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½
15 Bouwmeester,Hans NED 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
&;
½ ½ ½ 0 1 7
16 Wade,Robert Graham ENG 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½
&;
1 0 1 ½
17 Dunkelblum,Arthur BEL 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
&;
½ 1 1
18 Ribeiro,Joao Mario POR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½
&;
1 1
19 Mulcahy,Edmond IRL 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 0
&;
1
20 Jacob,Franz SAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0
&;
3

Top four players qualified for the interzonal. The bottom-ranked player represented the Saarland.

1963 West European Zonal, 4-25 October 1963, Enschede, Netherlands

1963 Enschede Zonal Tournament Nat'y Draw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17  Total 
1 Gligoric,Svetozar YUG 12
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 12½
2 Lengyel,Levente HUN 11 ½
&;
0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 12
3 Darga,Klaus FRG 8 ½ 1
&;
1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 12
4 Penrose,Jonathan ENG 3 ½ 0 0
&;
½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11½
5 Pomar Salamanca,Arturo ESP 5 ½ ½ 1 ½
&;
½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 11
6 Filip,Miroslav CZE 16 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 10½
7 Kupper,Josef SUI 9 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½
&;
0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 10
8 Popov,Luben BUL 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
&;
½ 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1
9 Van Scheltinga,Theo D NED 2 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1
10 Llado Lumbera,Jaime ESP 14 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½
&;
1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1
11 Tatai,Stefano ITA 17 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0
&;
1 1 1 1 0 1
12 Boey,Josef Martin BEL 13 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
&;
1 1 1 1 1 6
13 Durao,Joaquim POR 6 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 5
14 Mazzoni,Guy FRA 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½
&;
½ 1 1 5
15 Aitken,James Macrae SCO 4 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½
&;
½ ½ 4
16 Heidenfeld,Wolfgang IRL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½
&;
½
17 Philippe,Georges LUX 7 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
&;
2

Top three players qualified for the interzonal


Press Cuttings

"It was reported at the meeting that a number of outstanding chess players would be coming to Cheltenham with the Foreign Office Department, and that these would include Mr. C. H. O’D. Alexander (ex-British champion) and Dr. Aitken. The members welcomed the news that the playing strength of the club would be so strengthened by these outstanding British players." (Gloucestershire Echo, Monday 16 October 1950, reporting on the AGM of Cheltenham Chess Club)

"Biographical note: Dr. J. M Aitken whom we hope to welcome shortly as a member of the Cheltenham Club, was born in 1908, in Lanarkshire, learnt chess at eight. Scottish champion 1935. Led Scottish team, Stockholm, 1937. Lud Eagle Club champion, 1934-6-8 [assume it means 1934, 1936 and 1938 - JS]. Best British score, Hastings, 1946. Played for England v U.S.S.R. (London, 1947). Graduate Edinburgh and Oxford, Ph.D. (Edin.). Employee at Foreign Office." (Cheltenham Chronicle - Saturday 9 December 1950)


File updated

Date Notes
26 October 2020 The PGN file has 478 entries, including 400+ complete games, the remainder being either part-games or stubs. I put this collection together primarily to assist Geoff Chandler in his forthcoming project to input all of Dr Aitken's games from the collection of 45 scorebooks (each containing 50 games) held by Edinburgh Chess Club but thought I might as well make it available on BritBase while we await the completion of this major input project. A secondary purpose is to make the games available to BritBase's volunteer proof-readers who have proved themselves to be an invaluable resource in weeding out errors in existing game databases.
26 October 2020 Very prompt feedback from correspondents lead to a number of additions and amendments. Firstly, I've found another game myself - Ventham ½-½ Aitken, County Match 1961. Alan McGowan has pointed me in the direction of the two matches Aitken played against Fairhurst in 1937 and 1938, documented on the Chess Scotland website. Thank you, Alan. The first 1937 match consisted of six games, all of which I have now added to the file. The second match consisted of eight games, starting in December 1937 and continuing well into 1938. I had already collected two of these games (match games 3 and 7) in the initial upload; the other six have now been added. Brian Denman has also been in touch. He has contributed three new games: (1) G.Norman - JMA, County match 1950; (2) JMA - GH James, Jersey 1979; and (3) GH James - JMA, Guernsey 1981. He has also suggested new dates for two games vs Cafferty which had been previously been guessed at. Cafferty - JMA, National Club, previously dated 1957, is now 1962. Finally, Brian points out that game JMA - Cafferty, British Championship 1960, was played on the 18th (not the 19th) of August. So that's 16 new games in total, thus 494 entries all told.
2 November 2020 The file has now grown to 570 - that's 76 more than previously. The additional games are composed of 23 games sent by Andy Ansel, from the period from the 1960s to the 1980s when Dr Aitken played in several WECU (West of England Chess Union) Congresses and 53 from Dr Aitken's own first scorebook, input by Geoff Chandler. Geoff will be sending me the games one scorebook at a time, so that's a batch of around 50 games each time (less the games which are already in the public domain and on BritBase). There are 44 scorebooks-worth still to come! The first scorebook covers the period 1931 to early 1933 when Dr Aitken was a student at Oxford.
3 November 2020 Now a total of 616 games after adding the 46 (new) games contained within Aitken's Book 2. This covers the period up to Xmas 1934. Good work by Geoff! I'm working on finding full names for the players - it's proving reasonably successful so far.
4 November 2020 Now a total of 622 game entries. Gerard Killoran discovered three more games from the 1932/33 Scottish Championship: Aitken 1-0 Combe (rd 4), Page 1-0 Aitken (rd 5) and Hamilton 0-1 Aitken (rd 7). I've added two stubs for the remaining games missing from this event: Stewart-Aitken (rd 2) and Aitken ½-½ Goldberg (rd 6). Geoff Chandler sent me the score of a second game against FG Tims-Collins, dated 2 December 1935.
5 November 2020 Four more games added, played whilst Dr Aitken was engaged on cryptanalysis work at Bletchley Park during the war. One is probably an informal game, dated 30 December 1941, with Aitken losing to Harry Golombek after a terrible blunder. His mind may have been elsewhere - helping win the war seems like the best of excuses! Another is undated – perhaps played around the same time? – and is a win against another celebrated code-cracker, Jack Good. This was played as part of a match at Bletchley Park, with Aitken's Hut 6 playing Good's Hut 8. Plus two games from 1942 referred to as 'Ladder Games' against (David) Bernard Scott (né Schultz), later known as Professor Bernard Scott.
10 November 2020 The upload of Books 3 and 4 scores is imminent: I still have to proof-read and add full names and competition details, etc. But in advance of them, I am pleased to report that we now have the scores of Aitken's two missing games from the 1937 Stockholm Olympiad - a loss to Salo Flohr (Scotland v Czechoslovakia, rd 3) and a loss against Piazzini (Scotland v Argentina, rd 18) and have included these in the download.
10 November 2020 We're now up to 686 games, with another 60 games added from scorebooks 3 and 4 (more or less conforming to 1935-1938). Many thanks to Geoff Chandler for inputting the games. I've concentrated on finding full names for players and also determining the identity of competitions where Aitken hasn't recorded them, via searches of newspapers and BMD records, etc. Thanks also to Alan McGowan and Martin Smith for assisting in tracking down some of this data.
11 November 2020 Added two more games, which I found whilst browsing old newspapers: (1) Aitken 0-1 J.Strachstein, played 07.01.1939 in the Richardson Cup; and (2) A.Burnett ½-½ Aitken, Richardson Cup Final Replay, 25.03.1939.
13 November 2020 Geoff Chandler has now completed input of scorebook 5, which brings us 12 new games, making the total number of game entries now 702. Unless one or two strays come to light, this completes the collection of Aitken's pre-war games.
18 November 2020 Correction to three games played against FJ Camm. I have just learnt from the highly informative West London Chess Club history pages that the player's full name is Frederick Jackson Camm, not to be confused with Frederick James Camm (which was the exact trap I fell into! Apologies).
23 November 2020 Geoff Chandler has now completed books 6 and 7, with a few games from book 8, covering the period 1945-47, bringing us 69 new games. There are still a few mysteries among them as a result of Aitken not always recording names or events clearly, and having somewhat difficult handwriting. Geoff has attempted to iron out the difficulties found amongst the moves while I have concentrated on the names, competitions and dates. This proved more difficult than in the 1930s as the reporting of chess events was much worse in the mid-1940s than it had been in the late 1930s (for obvious and understandable reasons).
26 November 2020 Book 8 now completed, adding another 32 complete games and a running total of 794 game entries. The file is now up-to-date as of 1 April 1948, barring the appearance of the occasional earlier game (as the scorebooks are not always strictly chronological). As always during this post-war period, there are name of players and competitions which are hard to identify, given Dr Aitken's sketchy documentation of some games and difficult handwriting. Any help with this appreciated.
29 November 2020 Book 9 now completed and the running total of game entries is now 825. This brings the file up to May 1949, with all of Aitken's games at the 1948 British Championship (Bishopsgate, London) and 1949 SCCU Championship (Southsea) now included.
4 December 2020 Book 10 now completed and the running total of game entries is now 858, bringing the file up to date to around May 1951. (There are still one or two missing games here and there. Geoff Chandler tells us that Aitken's scorebooks aren't always chronological and he's shared scoresheet scans with me that underline the Doctor's very poor handwriting (anyone would think he was a medical doctor). Only another 35 scorebooks to go... !
16 January 2021 Book 11 now completed and the running total of games is now 960. 45 games have been added since the last update (ranging from Spring 1950 to about the middle of 1951), plus some 61 stubs relating to the nine Guernsey tournaments which Dr Aitken took part in the latter part of his life. Geoff actually sent me these games not long after book 10 but I've been taking my time over Xmas and the New Year, partly because of other domestic matters but also because I was aware that I wasn't holding up the operation. Geoff has now reached the end of his current batch of scorebooks but he cannot take custody of the next batch due to stringent lockdown in Scotland. So there could be a substantial wait before Book 12 is processed and published. Book 11 took a bit of deciphering (something of an irony in that, given Dr Aitken's day job) and there are still a couple more names that need looking at. The 1950/51 batch includes an Aitken win against Jonathan Penrose which he described as "one of my best games".
2 March 2021 Two games contributed by Gerard Killoran, via the English Chess Forum: (1) JMA ½-½ M Fallone, Scottish Championship 1958; (2) JMA 1-0 J Smail, Scottish Championship 1962. Many thanks, Gerard. Running total now 962 games.
4 March 2021 Five more games kindly contributed by Gerard Killoran: (1) JMA 1-0 Dr FHC Marriott, SCO-ch 1955; (2) J Ansell 0-1 JMA, Cheltenham Club ch 1956; (3) G Dickson ½-½ JMA, SCO-ch 1958; (4) DG Horseman ½-½ JMA, Coventry v N Glos League 1959; (5) T McKelvie 0-1 JMA, SCO-ch 1960. Gerard also alerted me to a BritBase error as regards the result of the game M Fallone-JMA from the 1956 SCO-ch, which was a draw. Many thanks, Gerard. Running total now 967 games.