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Games Collection of Dr James Macrae Aitken (27 October 1908 - 3 December 1983)
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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

Edward Winter on JM Aitken (Chess Note 3766)

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.


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

1935 Scottish Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
1 James Macrae Aitken
&;
1 1 1 1 ½
2 George Page 0
&;
1 ½ ½ 1 3
3 J B McGibbon 0 0
&;
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
&;
1

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

London Championship, 18-28 October 1950 (Venue: Lud Eagles CC)

1950 London Chess Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
1 Dr James M Aitken
&;
1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6
2 Dr Paul M List 0
&;
            5
3 E C Hughes 0  
&;
         
4 Jeffrey Ansell 0    
&;
        4
5 John Herbert B Bennett 0      
&;
     
6 Herbert Francis Gook ½        
&;
   
7 Arthur Henry Trott ½          
&;
 
8 Stanley Charles Love 0            
&;
1

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
&;
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.

59th Scottish Championship, Glasgow, April 1952

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

9th West of England (WECU) Championship, 15-19 April 1954, Newquay, Cornwall (7 rounds)

1954 West of England Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 - - - -  Total 
1-2 Dr James M Aitken Gloucestershire
&;
½ 1       0 1   1 1 1        
1-2 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas Devon ½
&;
      1                    
3 Cyril Owen Welch ¶ Gloucestershire 0  
&;
    ½                     5
4 Peter Fairbairn Copping Wiltshire      
&;
                        4
5 Leslie Vine Somerset        
&;
                      4
6 Ronald MacKay Bruce Devon   0 ½    
&;
                   
7 Y Peter Keffler Somerset 1          
&;
                 
8 Henry Vickers White Trevenen Cornwall 0            
&;
               
9 Francis Samuel Woolford Gloucestershire                
&;
             
(10) Ivan Robert Napier Cornwall 0                
&;
            ?
(11) Rowena Mary Bruce Devon 0                  
&;
          ?
(12) Dr Joseph Fine Monmouthshire 0                    
&;
        ?
  (John Edwin Jones) Devon                        
&;
      ?
  (Isaac Taylor Sifton) Devon                          
&;
    ?
  (Maximilian Ernst Poolake) Gloucestershire                            
&;
  ?
  (D S Reed) Somerset                              
&;
?

Rather a skimpy crosstable: the names and scores of the first nine players only are given in BCM (June 1954, p195). The list of competitors given in the February BCM (p49) comes to 16 in all but, of course, between February and April, players could well have dropped out or come in, so it's not known for certain if numbers 13-16 in the crosstable actually took part or not. Aitken's scorebook (no.15) suggests he played and beat Dr J Fine several weeks ahead of the tournament's start date, on 28 February, constituting round one for both players.
¶ Cyril Owen Welch was invariably referred to simply as C. Welch in chess publications (the removal of his middle initial may have been as a result of an aversion to schoolboy jokes of a bovine nature!)


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.


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
&;
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 Harry 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

CHESS, August 1956, p296 (Vol.21 no.s 273-4)

"CHAMPION BY HABIT - Dr. Aitken soon made sure of the Scottish Championship once again, starting with seven successive wins at Dundee. Son of a Lochgelly minister, he has four degrees, M.A. and Ph.D. from Edinburgh and B.A. and B.Litt. from Oxford. He does confidential work at Government Communications H.Q., a branch of the Foreign Office, at Cheltenham."

BCM, September 1956, p231-233 - report by Dr. Aitken

THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP, 1956

By J. M. Aitken

THE Sixty-third Annual Congress of the Scottish Chess Association was held in the Burgh Court Room, Dundee, from July 21st to 28th, underthe auspices of the Dundee Chess Club. The original entry for the championship was, unfortunately, considerably weakened by the withdrawal of a former Champion, P. B. Anderson, but the entry of two young players for the first time in a senior event—seventeen-year-old Michale Fallone and sixteen-year-old George Dickson, who was Scottish Boy Champion last year—was interesting and possibly significant for the future. As will be seen, neither disappointed expectations.

After the first half of the tournament I had a clean score of 5 but Dickson and Fallone, with 4½ and 4 respectively, were still close on my heels. But in the course of the next two rounds I increased my lead over both the youngsters to 1½ points (7 to 5½ each) and the decision came in the penultimate round when I drew with Fallone and Dickson lost. I had not on this occasion so many hard endings as last year and won most of my games in the middle games. Fallone undoubtedly played the best game against me and at one point might even have secured some advantage.

There is no doubt that Fallone was fortunate as he scored 2½ points from three games he might well have lost; and yet even this is evidence of his determination and resourcefulness. His score represents a remarkable debut in the championship for a boy of his age and his promise is indicated by the fact that those who know his play better than I do consider he was even so not playing in his best form.

Marshall started below his true form but pulled up well in the closing stages to pass Dickson and all but catch Fallone. Dickson was for so long second to me that he may well be somewhat disappointed with his final place; but he showed a fine combinative touch and in only less degree than Fallone made an excellent first appearance. Beckingham would have been in the prize-list with a little more steadiness at critical points; he missed a clear win against Fallone and was the first player to defeat Dickson.

The Ladies’ Championship, a double-round tournament of four players, ended in a tie, with 5 out of 6, between Mrs. N. C. Elder and Mrs. S. M. Steedman, Champions previously in 1950 and 1951 respectively. Owing to difficulties in arranging a play-off it was agreed to share the title. A Minor Tournament was won by F. Fallone, father of Michael.


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

16th West of England (WECU) Championship (All-Play-All Section), 29 March - 2 April 1961, Weymouth

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Total 
1 Adrian S Hollis
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
2 Jeffrey Ansell ½
&;
½ ½ 1 1 1
3 James Macrae Aitken ½ ½
&;
1 ½ ½ ½
4 Peter F Copping ½ ½ 0
&;
½ ½ 1 3
5 John A Henley 0 0 ½ ½
&;
1 ½
6 Denys P Bonner 0 0 ½ ½ 0
&;
½
7 Michael E Ventham 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½
&;

Hollis beat Ansell 2-0 in a match to decide who should play off against B Hare who won the WECU Championship Swiss Section; Hollis beat Hare 2½-½ in the play-off for the overall WECU title.

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

18th West of England (WECU) Championship (All-Play-All Section), 11-15 April 1963, Falmouth

"American" Section: 1 Philip E Walker (Weston-super-Mare) 5/7; 2-3 John F Wheeler (London), Adrian S Hollis (Oxford) 4½; 4 James M Aitken (Cheltenham) 4; 5 Francis E A Kitto (St Austell) 3½; 6 Andrew R B Thomas (Tiverton) 3; 7 John C Cock (Cheltenham) 2; 8 George W Wheeler (London) 1½. Unfortunately Aitken's games from this event are missing as they would be in one of books 23 and 24.

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


19th West of England (WECU) Championship, 26-30 March 1964, Torre Abbey, Torquay (6 rounds)

1964 WECU Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
1 Jeffrey Ansell § ♦ 1/12 ◊ ½/8 ♦ 1/9 ◊ 1/4 ♦ ½/2 ◊ ½/3
2 James Macrae Aitken ♦ ½/17 ◊ 1/16 ♦ 1/8 ◊ 1/9 ◊ ½/1 ♦ ½/4
3 Denis John Pereira Gray ♦ 1/20 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 1/12 ♦ ½/1
4 Denis Victor Mardle ♦ 1/5 ◊ 1/14 ◊ 1/3 ♦ 0/1 ♦ 1/8 ◊ ½/2
5 Brian William Clapp ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/10 ◊ ½/7 ♦ ½/15 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/6
6 John A Flood ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 0/11 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 1/20 ◊ ½/5
7 Maximilian Ernst Poolake ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/20 ♦ ½/5 ◊ ½/12 ◊ ½/14 ♦ 1/13
8 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas ◊ 1/18 ♦ ½/1 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/17 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/14
9 Robert H Wildig ♦ 1/19 ◊ 1/6 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/10
10 John Crowle Cock ♦ 0/13 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 1/19 ◊ 1/16 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/9 3
11 Ivan Robert Napier ◊ 0/14 ◊ 1/19 ♦ 1/6 ♦ 0/3 ◊ ½/10 ♦ ½/15 3
12 Philip E Walker ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 1/20 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/16 3
13 Arthur William Busby ◊ 1/10 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 0/17 ♦ ½/14 ◊ 1/18 ◊ 0/7
14 D Ellis ♦ 1/11 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/15 ◊ ½/13 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 0/8
15 C(olin?) Durston ♦ ½/16 ◊ ½/17 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 0/9 ◊ ½/11
16 J Anderson ◊ ½/15 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/19 ◊ 0/12 2
17 Ronald O Powis ◊ ½/2 ♦ ½/15 ♦ 1/13 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/5 ♦ 0/19 2
18 J Cullum ♦ 0/8 ◊ ½/12 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 0/13 ♦ ½/20
19 P J Edwards ◊ 0/9 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 0/10 ♦ ½/20 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 1/17
20 Reginald Samuel Thynne ◊ 0/3 ♦ 0/7 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/19 ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/18 1

§ Ansell was placed first on Sum of Opponents' Scores. Results culled from the Torbay Express and South Devon Echo and the Times.

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 Ed 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 (28 December 1965 - 3 January 1966), a double-round play-off in Edinburgh ended Aitken & Jamieson 2½/4, Baxter 1, so Aitken & Jamieson shared the title.


24th West of England (WECU) Championship, 3-7 April 1969, Torquay, Devon (6 rounds)

1969 West of England Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Others  Total 
1 Peter H Clarke
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½ 1   ½ ½ 1     1
2 Leon P Burnett ½
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½ 1     1    
3 John F Wheeler 0 ½
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  ½     1   2 4
4 Stuart J Hutchings   0  
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½ ½       3 4
5 Dr James M Aitken ½   ½ ½
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  ½     2 4
6 George W Wheeler ½     ½ ½
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    ½ 4
7 Nigel J Holloway 0 0     ½  
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1   2
8 James R Boyce     0       0
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½ 3
9 Michael E Brigden           ½   ½
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10 Dr Peter Merrett  
11 John Crowle Cock  
12 Ronald O Powis  
13 John A Flood  
14 (Henry) James Draisey  
15 David LeMoir  
16 Leslie Paul Collard   2
17 David J Richards   2
18 Maurice J Belsten   2
19 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas   2
20 R Martin  

1st Jersey International, 13-18 May 1973 (6 rounds)

1 IM Radolfo Tan Cardoso (PHI) 5/6; 2-6 JM Aitken (SCO), TD Harding (ENG), RMR O'Kelly (ENG), JK Robinson (ENG), W Schmid (FRG) 4½; 7-9 R Bisson (JCI), H Herring (FRG), E Palmer (GCI) 4; 10-12 I Le Marquand (JCI), D Riley (ENG), C Wentworth (ENG) 3½; 13-18 A Grosse (JCI), S Manning (JCI), A O'Donovan (JCI), M Paut (FRA), P Watkins (JCI), D Wunsch (JCI) 3; 19-21 L Charnley (JCI), PD Gait (ENG), R Whitley (JCI) 2½; (all remaining players JCI) 22-26 I Henley, L Jones, R Le Rossignol, M Pallot, B South 2; 27 Mrs V Von Pantzer 1½; 28-30 Miss Chapman, R O'Toole, P Rynd 1.

2nd Jersey International, 5-11 May 1974 (7 rounds)

1 AJ Miles 6½/7; 2-3 N Birnboim (ISR), AJ Mestel 6; 4-6 RG Eales, RFA Harman, D Wright 5½; 7-12 GH Bennett, TD Harding, N Giffard (FRA), J Vickery, W Seeger (FRG), BH Wood 5; 13-19 R Blow (JCI), P Guillaume (FRA), J Kerkmeester (NED), A Goldsmith (AUS), R Gronau, RW O'Brien, R Norton 4½; 20-33 Dr JM Aitken (SCO), A Crosse (JCI), R Farley, R Gamble, J Goodman, I Henley (JCI), P Lunais (FRA), RMR O'Kelly, A Prizant, M Schmid (FRG), F Stegeman (NED), F Trommsdorff (FRA), L Wilde (JCI), Dinah Wright-> Norman 4, etc.

3rd Jersey International, 27 April - 3 May 1975 (7 rounds)

1 Baruch H Wood 6½/7; 2 S Pavlovic (YUG) 6; 3-5 S Brixel (FRG), ML Fuller (AUS), TD Harding (IRE) 5½; 6-10 GH Bennett, N Oliver, LM Pickett, P Stegemans (NED), Daniel Wright 5, etc. JM Aitken was amongst those on 4½/7.

4th Jersey International, 2-8 May 1976 (7 rounds)

1 David E Rumens 6½/7; 2-3 ML Fuller (AUS), KJ Wicker 6; 4-12 JB Adams, R Goldenberg (FRA), MJ Freeman (SCO), V Gass (FRG), H Lamb, Puck Leynen (GER), W Luberti (NED), E Moscow (USA), JE Stada (NED) 5; 13-21 G Boersma (NED), MG Chandler (NZL), R Evertse (NED), M Faber (FRG), TD Harding (IRE), CM Kuijpers (NED), RW O'Brien, D Sikkel (NED), BH Wood 4½. JM Aitken was amongst those on 3½.

5th Jersey International, 1-7 May 1977 (7 rounds)

1 Max L Fuller (AUS) 6½/7; 2-3 F Helmond, D Sikkel (both NED) 6; 4-6 I Branicki (NED), D Parr, W Wolff (GER) 5½, etc. JM Aitken scored 4/7 (including a one-point bye in round 1).

7th Jersey International, 13-19 May 1979 (9 rounds)

1 Max L Fuller (AUS) 8/9; 2-3 S Von Seelen (DEN), MJ Yeo 7; 4-8 H Dietrich (FRG), A Hanreck, RFA Harman, L Monnard (FRA), KJ Wicker 6½; 9-13 NF Dickenson, CD Gilliam, Sheila Jackson, H Schmelmer (FRG), E Gerritson (NED) 6; 14-19 NW Faulks, AD Gravett, K Harman, J Havenaar (NED), O Shapiro (USA), PK Wells 5½, etc. JM Aitken scored 5/9.

Jersey Lloyds Bank International, 26 October - 1 November 1980

1980 Jersey International Nat'y Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Total 
1 Ian D Wells ENG 2295f ◊ 1/40 ♦ 1/19 ◊ 1/10 ♦ 1/4 ◊ ½/3 ◊ 1/2 ♦ ½/7 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 1/14
2 Jean-Pierre Boudre FRA 2235 ◊ 1/8 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/3 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/9 ◊ 1/4 ♦ ½/10 7
3 Robert Bellin ENG 2440m ◊ 1/38 ♦ 1/25 ♦ 1/31 ◊ ½/2 ♦ ½/1 ◊ 1/10 ♦ ½/4 ◊ ½/7 ♦ ½/5
4 Stuart Conquest ENG   ◊ 1/33 ♦ 1/20 ◊ 1/14 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/19 ♦ 1/30 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/13
5 Ronald Blow JCI 2200 ◊ 1/42 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/45 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/46 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/14 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/3 6
6 Peter W Hempson ENG 2240 ♦ 1/9 ◊ ½/22 ♦ 1/32 ◊ 1/5 ♦ ½/10 ◊ 0/19 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 1/23 ♦ ½/7 6
7 Andrew D Martin ENG 2315 ♦ 1/36 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 1/15 ◊ 1/28 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/12 ◊ ½/1 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/6 6
8 S Newman JCI   ♦ 0/2 ♦ 1/52 ◊ 1/26 ◊ 1/34 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 0/35 ♦ 1/27 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 1/18 6
9 Alan Reid SCO 2255 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 1/12 ♦ 1/11 ◊ 1/31 ♦ 1/25 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 1/21 6
10 Paul Van Haastert NED   ♦ 1/48 ◊ 1/37 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/18 ◊ ½/6 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 1/15 ◊ ½/2 6
11 Kenneth J Bloodworth ENG   ◊ 1/29 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 0/9 ♦ ½/14 ♦ 1/41 ◊ 1/38 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 1/31
12 Neil H Bradbury ENG   ♦ ½/54 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/40 ◊ 1/35 ◊ 1/8 ♦ 0/7 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 1/41 ♦ 1/19
13 Jonathan P Levitt ENG   ♦ ½/32 ◊ 1/11 ♦ ½/22 ◊ ½/30 ♦ ½/28 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 1/24 ◊ ½/1 ♦ 0/4
14 Svend O Van Seelen DEN 2205 ♦ 1/23 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/22 ♦ ½/5 ◊ 1/19 ♦ 0/1
15 Joop P A Bakker NED   ◊ 1/39 ♦ ½/14 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/24 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 1/37 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 0/10 ◊ 1/34 5
16 Hans Berrevoets NED   ♦ 0/28 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/43 ◊ 1/44 ♦ ½/30 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 0/19 ◊ 0/21 ◊ 1/38 5
17 Michel Boixader FRA   ◊ 0/19 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 0/29 ♦ ½/40 ◊ 1/33 ♦ ½/44 ◊ 1/32 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/23 5
18 Alan K Crombleholme ENG   ◊ 1/46 ♦ 0/30 ◊ 1/38 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/6 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 0/8 5
19 Joseph G Gallagher ENG   ♦ 1/17 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/36 ◊ 1/37 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/6 ◊ 1/16 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 0/12 5
20 Jan Havenaar NED   ♦ 1/50 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/21 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/27 ◊ 0/23 ♦ 1/31 ◊ 0/5 ♦ ½/22 5
21 Jonathan R Hawes JCI   ◊ ½/24 ♦ ½/46 ◊ ½/20 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 1/15 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 1/16 ◊ 0/9 5
22 Brian J Valentine ENG   ◊ 1/47 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/13 ♦ 0/25 ◊ 1/34 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 1/28 ♦ ½/24 ◊ ½/20 5
23 Cornelis Van der Gaag NED   ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/38 ◊ 1/42 ♦ 1/39 ◊ ½/24 ♦ 1/20 ◊ 1/12 ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/17 5
24 James M Aitken SCO   ♦ ½/21 ◊ ½/54 ♦ ½/35 ◊ ½/15 ♦ ½/23 ♦ 1/34 ◊ 0/13 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/26
25 Tunc Alankus TUR   ♦ 1/43 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/54 ◊ 1/22 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 1/39 ♦ 0/8 ◊ ½/27
26 Y Fentelais FRA   ♦ 1/35 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 0/8 ◊ 1/48 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 1/45 ◊ 0/15 ♦ 1/39 ◊ ½/24
27 Leo(?) Helfrich FRG   1/bye ½/bye ½/bye ♦ 1/33 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 0/46 ◊ 0/8 ◊ 1/37 ♦ ½/25
28 R La Fuente ESP   ◊ 1/16 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/7 ◊ ½/13 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 0/22 ♦ 1/33 ◊ ½/35
29 George W Livie SCO   ♦ 0/11 ◊ ½/43 ♦ 1/17 ◊ ½/21 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 1/36 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 0/34 ◊ 1/42
30 Richard W O'Brien ENG   ◊ 1/52 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/2 ♦ ½/13 ◊ ½/16 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/29 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/41
31 Alan Shaw SCO   ◊ 1/41 ♦ 1/34 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 1/38 ♦ ½/32 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 1/35 ◊ 0/11
32 I Wirya INA   ◊ ½/13 ♦ 1/50 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 0/20 ♦ ½/37 ◊ ½/31 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 1/43
33 D Chevalier FRA   ♦ 0/4 ◊ 1/53 ♦ 0/37 ◊ 0/27 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 1/36 ◊ 0/28 ◊ 1/45 4
34 G Keizer NED   ◊ 1/53 ◊ 0/31 ♦ 1/51 ♦ 0/8 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 0/24 ◊ 1/35 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 0/15 4
35 M A C La Fuente ESP   ◊ 0/26 ♦ 1/42 ◊ ½/24 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 1/8 ♦ 0/34 ◊ 0/31 ♦ ½/28 4
36 S Neil JCI   ◊ 0/7 ♦ 1/39 ◊ 0/19 ♦ 0/47 1/bye ♦ 0/29 ◊ 0/33 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 1/48 4
37 (Miss) Claude Santoy FRA   ◊ 1/51 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/33 ♦ 0/19 ◊ ½/32 ♦ 0/15 ◊ ½/40 ♦ 0/27 ♦ 1/50 4
38 J Steenhuizen NED   ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/23 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 0/31 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/48 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 0/16 4
39 M Baker ENG   ♦ 0/15 ◊ 0/36 ♦ 1/52 ◊ 0/23 ♦ 1/48 ◊ 1/49 ♦ 0/25 ◊ 0/26 ♦ ½/44
40 Charles Harry Greier JCI   ♦ 0/1 ♦ ½/47 ◊ 0/12 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 0/35 1/bye ♦ ½/37 ♦ 0/38 ◊ 1/51
41 Philip H Le Feuvre JCI   ♦ 0/31 ◊ ½/48 ◊ 0/46 ♦ 1/43 ◊ 0/11 ♦ 1/42 ◊ 1/45 ♦ 0/12 ♦ 0/30
42 S Manning JCI   ♦ 0/5 ◊ 0/35 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 1/53 ♦ ½/51 ◊ 0/41 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 1/46 ◊ 0/29
43 R Whitley JCI   ◊ 0/25 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 0/16 ◊ 0/41 ♦ 1/50 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 1/46 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 0/32
44 Roy Bisson JCI   ½/bye ◊ 1/49 ♦ 0/28 ♦ 0/16 ♦ ½/45 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 0/21 ♦ 0/32 ◊ ½/39 3
45 J Illingworth ENG   ♦ 1/49 ◊ ½/28 ♦ 0/5 ♦ 0/46 ◊ ½/44 ◊ 0/26 ♦ 0/41 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 0/33 3
46 R Quaye ENG   ♦ 0/18 ◊ ½/21 ♦ 1/41 ◊ 1/45 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 0/27 ♦ 0/43 ♦ 0/42 ◊ ½/49 3
47 L Visser NED   ♦ 0/22 ◊ ½/40 ♦ ½/48 ◊ 1/36 ♦ 1/49         3/5
48 D Wunsch JCI   ◊ 0/10 ♦ ½/41 ◊ ½/47 ♦ 0/26 ◊ 0/39 1/bye ♦ 0/38 ◊ 1/49 ♦ 0/36 3
49 (Miss) M Daniel ENG   ◊ 0/45 ♦ 0/44 1/bye ◊ 1/51 ◊ 0/47 ♦ 0/39 ◊ 0/42 ♦ 0/48 ♦ ½/46
50 David Potigny JCI   ◊ 0/20 ◊ 0/32 ♦ 1/53 ♦ 0/38 ◊ 0/43 ♦ 0/33 ◊ 1/51 ♦ 0/45 ◊ 0/37 2
51 Miss H Chapman JCI   ♦ 0/37 1/bye ◊ 0/34 ♦ 0/49 ◊ ½/42 ◊ 0/43 ♦ 0/50 ◊ 0/36 ♦ 0/40
52 D De Lacy JCI   ♦ 0/30 ◊ 0/8 ◊ 0/39 1/bye           1/4
53 C Klop NED   ♦ 0/34 ♦ 0/33 ◊ 0/50 ♦ 0/42 1/bye         1/5
 54  Ton Slagboom NED   ◊ ½/12 ♦ ½/24 ◊ 0/25             1/3

Guernsey International, 16-22 October 1983

Aitken's penultimate tournament was the 1983 Guernsey tournament. (From the SCCU Bulletin)... "LLOYDS BANK GUERNSEY INTERNATIONAL (sponsored jointly with the Guernsey Tourist Board) attracted 160 players from 12 countries. Play was from 16 to 22 Oct 1983: 1 Bruno Carlier (NED) 6½/7; 2-7 Robert Bellin (Eng), James Plaskett (Eng), J Hvenekilde (Denmark), H Temmink, J van Baarle (both NED), Neil Carr, Gary Kenworthy (Eng) 5½. Junior trophy: Neil Carr. Ladies: Cathy Forbes (Eng), Yvette Nagel (NED) 4. Veterans: JM Aitken (Scotland), G Noradounguian (France), A Tackels (Belgium), BH Wood (Eng) 4. Junior: Julian M Way (Eng) 3½. Channel Islands prize: J Hawes (Jersey) 4. Holiday Tournament: T Borland (Scotland). The chief organiser and President of the Guernsey Chess Federation set a unique record when he stood in for 2 rounds to make up the numbers, winning both his games and registering the only 100% score."

18th Torbay Open, Torquay, 25-27 November 1983

Aitken's final tournament was the 18th Torbay Open (Torquay, 25-27 November 1983). By a curious coincidence, in his last game in Torquay (round 5) he played the same opponent that he had faced in the last round at Guernsey the previous month, Steve J Shutler (1959-2008). In Guernsey Shutler had won but in Torquay their game ended in an 18-move draw which left Aitken on 2½/5. Aitken died six days later on Saturday morning at his home in Cheltenham. (The back cover of BCM, January 1984, tells us that this was "on the eve of a Gloucestershire county match" but this was corrected in the February issue, p65, as the county match was scheduled for that afternoon, adding the detail that he was due to play in it.)


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.
21 April 2021 Aitken lockdown is over! The three-month delay since Book 11 was uploaded was a result of game inputter Geoff Chandler not being allowed to liaise with his Edinburgh CC colleagues who have custody of the scorebooks, but he tells me he has now collected all of the remaining books so the project is no longer in thrall to Covid-19 regulations. 27 games from Book 12 (September 1951 to April 1952) have been added in this latest update, so the running total of game entries is now 994. Note, Dr Aitken's handwriting and scanty recording of match details haven't got any better and my reference sources don't cover this period very well. Consequently we don't have reliable match/tournament details for several of the games. If anyone can help to proof-read the information, particularly anyone who has a copy of the 1951/52 BCF Yearbook (which is likely to have detailed scores of Middlesex county matches and perhaps National Club pairings), then I would be glad to hear from them. Thanks to Geoff for all his hard work, to Alan McGowan for helping with match/tournament details, and also to Ken Norman who sent me the score of his game against Dr Aitken from Paignton 1974. EDIT: game 568 - the name 'Alfred Matlock' amended to 'Alfred Mortlock'. Thanks to Brian Denman for alerting me to this.
24 April 2021 Book 13 has been uploaded. It consisted of 41 complete games from Spring to Christmas 1952, and the running total is now 1026. It now includes all 11 games Aitken played at the 1952 British Championship in Chester. Thanks to Geoff for his swift input work.
27 April 2021 Another game added: Jerry Humphries sent Geoff the score of his game with Dr Aitken from a Cardiff weekender, dated 15 January 1983. Thanks to Jerry for submitting the game. A reminder to anyone else who wishes to submit the score of a close encounter with Dr A, you're welcome to do so - just click where it says 'contact' in the left-hand panel and email me the game. Every game you send will save a few minutes' of Geoff's life!
30 April 2021

Aitken's scorebook no.14 added, with 40 more games up to November 1953. In the spring of this year Dr Aitken moved from London to Cheltenham to work at GCHQ (then often referred to as 'Foreign Office, Cheltenham'). He thus played his last games for the Lud Eagle club and the county of Middlesex, and transferred his affiliation to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. 1,063 game entries - more good work from Geoff. Some of the competition names are missing from the scorebook and in one game there are only mysterious three-character codes for the players (we assume Aitken must be one of them but it's not certain). My hunch is that this is a correspondence game, possibly played in the County & District (Ward Higgs) Correspondence Championship. Ambitious code-breakers amongst the BritBase readership are invited to see if they can crack the code! Here's the image we're working with...

1953 Aitken scoresheet

... can anyone make sense of what appears in the 'White' and 'Black' fields? Geoff thinks it might be some sort of consultation game combination fo two or three people's surname initials? Maybe a consultation correspondence game? The date is clear enough: Dec 52 - June 53'. The number at the top is just the number of the game in his series of scorebooks. EDIT (2 May): a few more clues have emerged. We now think the identifiers could H5r and H5l which might be something like Hut 5 (right) vs Hut 5 (left) and perhaps involved two GCHQ departments playing a consultation correspondence game against each other. N.B. Hugh Alexander was head of the Russian crypt section which was known as H5.

2 May 2021 Book 15 added, with 42 more games from the period November 1953 to November 1954. Game entries now 1,099. Aitken's 1954 British Championship games now included. Note that we already had all of Aitken's game scores from the June 1954 Munich FIDE Zonal tournament, but not yet the dates for each round. Geoff tells me these games are in a separate scorebook which he will address in due course, so that we should soon have dates for each round. I have retrospectively added dates of games for the April/May 1951 FIDE West European Zonal.
9 May 2021 Correction made to the result of a game - it had previously been thought that the game Aitken-Golombek, Scotland v England, 26.11.1955, had been adjudicated a win for Aitken by Max Euwe, but Aitken's own scorebook records this as a draw. It has therefore now been recorded as ½-½.
10 May 2021 Books 16 and 17 added, with 62 more games from the period November 1954 to June 1956. Game entries now total 1,161. Aitken's 1955 British Championship games now included. I've now included dates of individual rounds for the 1954 Munich FIDE Zonal tournament.
12 May 2021 Book 18 added, with 41 more games, and replacing eight stubs from the 1956 British Championship with complete scores. Game entries now 1,194. Up to date to 1 June 1957. I've also a little text to Aitken's 1956 Scottish Championship win, above on this page.
16 May 2021 Book 19 added, with 42 more games, up to the early rounds of the Scottish Championship in July 1958. Game entries now total 1,236.
16 May 2021 Book 20 added, with 23 more games, up to end-March 1959. Game entries now total 1,267.
10 June 2021 After a delay while I was working in Gibraltar, I've just uploaded a file with 136 more Aitken games. These are games from books 21, 22, 25 and 26. Which begs the question - what happened to books 23 and 24? Unfortunately they appear to be missing and Geoff is trying to find out what happened to them, and whether there are some loose score sheets that will help fill the gaps. It means that the period between May 1961 and May 1963 is still rather thin on the ground, including the 1961 British Championship and the 1962 West of England Championship where Aitken games are still far from complete. However, the supply picks up again in May 1963 as book 25 begins and we've got a comprehensive haul of Aitken's games up to August 1965. Game entries now total 1,403. More soon as Geoff Chandler's major input project continues. (There are still around 20 more books to be input.)
14 June 2021 Book 27 has been uploaded, with another 38 game entries (which now total 1,441 all told). We're now up to date to the end of May 1966 (with the aforementioned gap between May 1961 and May 1963 which is still being sought out in the Edinburgh CC library). Quite a number of games lack competition details. If anyone can identify the competition in which these games were played, do please let me know.
15 June 2021 One more game score added: Dr RC Nairn ½-½ JMA, Cheltenham v Bon Accord telephone match, 13.12.1961. This one may well be in one of the missing books 23 or 24 if and when they turn up. I found it in GD Campbell's chess column in the Aberdeen Evening Express, 22 December 1961. Game entries now total 1,442 (n.b. 85 of those are stubs, with no moves).
17 June 2021 Book 28 uploaded, with 31 more games, making 1,473 in total. Now up to date to May 1967 (except for the incomplete period May 1961 to May 1963).
11 July 2021 Four more books of games uploaded - scorebooks 29, 30, 31 and 32, with 172 more games from the period 1967 to early 1971. By the end of this period Dr Aitken had retired from work and was starting to play a few more weekend tournaments. 1,635 game entries, with 13 more books to go. Geoff's doing an amazing job. Dr Aitken didn't always identify the competitions he was playing in so if anyone can help with that, it would be appreciated. (It's likely that the unknown competitions were probably club championships but it would still be nice to know the context of these games.)
11 July 2021 A couple of running repairs to the last batch of games uploaded: (1) there are now more moves to the game G.Bennett ½-½ Aitken, West Wales Open, 31.01.1971; (2) I couldn't resist asking Geoff to send me any comments that Dr Aitken had made about his game against me, played in Oxford on 31.07.1971, and he sent me a scan. They were almost illegible but I've added a few of them to the score. I can't believe that was fifty years ago. I remember it like it was... only forty five years ago.
28 July 2021 Running total now 1,713 game entries, with the inclusion of books 33 and 34. This takes us up to May 1972. We now have the moves for Dr Aitken's games in the 1972 Wijk aan Zee Reserve A tournament. Still a dozen or so books to go... keep up the good work, Geoff!
5 August 2021 Running total now 1,753 game entries, with the inclusion of book 35. This takes up to April 1973. Ten scorebooks to go, covering the last ten years of Dr Aitken's life.
16 August 2021 Running total now 1,837 games, with 84 games added from scorebooks 36 and 37, taking us up to December 1974.
20 August 2021 Running total now 1,881 game entries, with 44 games added from scorebook no.38, taking us up to October 1975.
22 August 2021 Running total now 1,924 game entries, with 42 games added from scorebook no.39, taking us up to May 1976.
25 August 2021 Running total now 1,965 game entries. 41 games added from scorebook no.40, taking us up to May 1977.
30 August 2021 Total game entries now 2,040, with the addition of the 100-game scorebook number 41. This takes us up to October 1978.
3 September 2021 Book 42 added - 80 more game entries, making 2,120 in total, up to late 1980.
10 September 2021 Book 43 added - 46 more games, making 2,166 in total, up to July 1981. Two more books to go...
14 September 2021 All done! Geoff has completed the input of the last two books, 44 and 45, bringing to a close a process he began around the end of October 2020. In total, there are 2,268 game entries. However, a reminder that the collection cannot claim to be complete since books 23 and 24 are currently missing from the Edinburgh CC collection. That means that some of Aitken's games from the period between May 1961 and May 1963 are yet to be found and input. There's still hope of finding these two missing scorebooks. Another caveat: names of Aitken's opponents are still somewhat suspect in places, (a) because of his dodgy handwriting and (b) because our interpretations of these names may be wrong. Also, the identification of the competition in which a game was played is sometimes based on only the sketchiest evidence. Errors of this type are inevitable but this is an area where readers can help by telling us when we get it wrong. Feedback always welcome.
24 September 2021 2,268 game entries. No new games, one double removed, but an important update nonetheless: Geoff has been back through the games, checking against the original scorebooks, and identified a considerable number of errors. I have applied amendments. There are rather too many to refer to individually so I would recommend readers completely replace the file already downloaded with the new file found here. Geoff's checking process is not quite complete - he's gone back in time to 1952 so it's possible that further errors may come to light in the 1930s and 1940s. N.B. further amendments made 25 September 2021.
30 September 2021 John Robinson ("Nosnibor" on Chessgames dot net) has helped up solve the mystery of the player M P???t whom Aitken played in Jersey in 1973 and 1979. It was a French player called M Paut. Thanks, John.
30 September 2021 Note that I have now placed the crosstables and tournament info on this page in chronological order, which is hopefully more logical.