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The son of Angus Burnet, Jon Burnet, has kindly donated some of his late father’s books to the club. In his donation letter Jon mentions that Angus features in “500 Master Games of Chess” by Dr S Tartakower & J Du Mont (which is also held in the club’s library)!

Some of the inscriptions pasted in the donated books include a press clipping showing him winning the first Koltanowski Chess Cup in 1931:

and his school prize pasted in his copy of MCO (5th Edition, 1932):

Angus moved to Edinburgh in 1930 and was Scottish Boys’ champion in 1931, 1933 (shared with A.A. Thomson), and 1934 (after winning the deciding game with A.A. Thomson).  He played in the World Record Blindfold Display by Koltanowski at Edinburgh 1937 and was successful in club and league chess in Edinburgh, distinguished himself in several Scottish Championships and played in the 1951 Scotland-England match.

The SCA history web site has a number of pages with further details about Angus’ chess career and his involvement in Koltanowski’s blindfold display which, incidentaly,  also has the score of his game versus Koltanowski.

A letter of appreciation has been sent to Jon for his kind donation.


Club member Geoff Chandler has accepted the challenge to seek out the unpublished games of James Macrae Aitkens, Scottish Chess champion and Bletchley Park WW2 cryptanalyst.

The club was previously presented with JM Aitken’s library and chess writings which includes chess scorebooks covering his lifetime of playing chess.  Whilst many of his games are recorded it was clear that a great number had not been published previously.

Geoff has reached book 5 (out if the 45 have found so far ….) in his journey and has already made many discoveries – which are being written about in his Red Hot Pawn blog (perhaps?!?) and also soon to be reported in a future edition of Chess magazine.

They will be made available through John Saunders’ BritBase.


We’re going to run this season’s Johnny Marr Allegro on Tuesday 26th May through lichess. We will make and publish the pairings during the event. Please sign up by emailing myself ( or Andre ( by Sunday 24th May.

Our usual tournament activity continues. We retailed our title in this week’s UK CLubs Self Isolating Pawns battle on Saturday, and the Wednesday blitz event saw the biggest turnout so far with 52 players. Grandmaster Matthew Turner was victorious, with Calum MacQueen top club member in 3rd. On Tuesday we are looking at the effect of changing time controls for our club night.

This week, you can join the Tuesday friendly allegro night here, and our Wednesday blitz here. Password is 1822 again.

This Week’s Activity

Today: UK Clubs Self-Isolating Pawns Team Battle at 8pm. You can sign up through the club’s homepage on lichess, or directly to Edinburgh Chess Club Community

Tuesday: Informal Club Night – allegro chess. Sign up through the club homepage and also use password 1822 (see comment above!).

Wednesday: Blitz Arena 7.45pm start: Blitz Arena.
Password again is 1822 to join.

Last Week

Last Saturday we made our debut in the UK Clubs Self-Isolating Pawns Team Battle. This is a Team competition that works in a similar way to the blitz arena on Wednesdays, except we all play against players only from other clubs. We finished in second place – report elsewhere on the blog.

We had a Tuesday club night featuring allegro games. I’m still learning about lichess, and we created a members only event to avoid having lots of random people who we didn’t know join. Our set up just meant that they asked to join the club first! This week we’ll use a password as well to keep private.

On Wednesday night again there was another blitz arena. As with last week this was opened up to a wider audience to increase the numbers. This time the visitors led the way, Andrew Greet from Bearsden won, and Rudolf Brauening was second. Rudolf is the president of Andre’s former club SK Bebenhausen, and we are looking to arrange a future online match. Best club member was Andrew Green in third place. 43 players competed.

Other Chess

A couple of recommendations. Let me know if you have any others!

For anyone with a Smartphone, the Play Magnus app is set to play at the same strength of World Champion Magnus Carlsen at various young ages (from 5 upwards). You can work your way to the next level once you master a lower level.

There are 3 English players running a regular podcast – TheChessPit (@chesspitpod on twitter). The latest episode featured a tribute to the UK’s first Grandmaster, the late Tony Miles, and there were mentions for club stalwarts Hugh Brechin and Geoff Chandler.
Latest Podcast

Tuesday Program

We are back up and running on Tuesday nights. To begin with we’re using this for members looking to play allegro style matches, so around 20 mins plus increment. In due course we’ll run the blitz and allegro championships at this time. Please make sure you have joined the Club group: Edinburgh Chess Club Group, and sign up to the Tuesday Allegro Arena through the group.

Club Events this Week

Exciting new event – we are playing in a Team Battle with 9 other clubs tonight at 8pm. All players are welcome, and the top 5 points scorers will count towards the Club total. You can sign up through our lichess group, or directly through this link:
UK Team Battle

The Wednesday Blitz will continue as usual, and I will announce details tomorrow.

Last Week’s Results

We opened up the blitz to friends and team mates, and the Scots Gambit Arena increased to 39 players. Tournament winner was guest (and Scottish Chess editor) Andy Burnett, with Clement 2nd and Willie a fine 3rd.
There was a little confusion regarding the “go beserk” option in the tournament. This allows players to halve their time but get an extra point if they win. Arena Rules
I had previously disabled this for our tournaments, and wanted to test it at some point. To be honest, I had forgotten to disable on this occasion! Will make more transparent if used in future.

We’re on Twitter!

The Club now have a twitter account – @edinburghchess so if you are on this platform do give us a follow. We’ll use it mostly to promote club events and member results.