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David Graham Baird vs John Washington Baird
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Apr-10
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  1-0


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Mar-10-03  Rookpawn: I wonder if these two are related.
Mar-29-05  fgh: Beautifull endgame.
Mar-29-05  Whitehat1963: Clever endgame indeed.
Jul-16-05  rya: ?


Jul-20-05  Knight13: Good endgame.

Nice example of doubled pawn endings with the same material. This might happen in the Ruy Lopez, Exchanged with Black recapturing witht the d-pawn after 4... dxc6.

Sep-11-08  gauer: Reminiscient of other current chess-dating partners, one Edith Baird may have been a Mrs. John W. Baird, wife of the above black player, but I can't recall now where I read that she was as strong as her husband, & had also been at least partially responsible for some of their compositions listed.

An improvement by John Berry, Globe & Mail of a Vanity Fair (Magazine, 1902) puzzle has white playing, mating in 2 moves:

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& the try 1 Nd4 not sufficiently quick.

Another, a game this time, in 1889 featured Max Judd, white, finding a winning windmill themed combo vs one of the Bairds, but Spinrad in "New Stories about Old Chess Players, 27" does not seem to specify which Baird in the column:

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For more details, see page 3. Not much extra helpful info shows at

Sep-11-08  DoctorD: "An improvement by John Berry, Globe & Mail of a Vanity Fair (Magazine, 1902)"

An improvement over whom? Baird and Baird?

And Edith Baird was a very strong composer in her own right, with hundreds of compositions of her own. So her being "partially responsible" is something of a slight.

Sep-11-08  gauer: Yes, Mr. Berry is in this case improving on an Edith Baird puzzle, even though many sources do not specify which Baird(s) were working on each, thereby using the term at least partially responsible. Perhaps there was concern in making submissions to Composition tournaments, much similar to the way that men's & women's normal chess tournaments were held seperately, even up to the Vera Menchik period.
Sep-14-08  DoctorD:

gives her first published two mover as occuring in the late 1880s.

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  GrahamClayton: <Rookpawn>I wonder if these two are related

They are brothers.

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