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Baruch Harold Wood
Number of games in database: 125
Years covered: 1935 to 1971
Overall record: +33 -56 =36 (40.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E32 E33 E37 E38 E36
 Bird's Opening (8) 
    A02 A03
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D96 D97 D83
 King's Indian (6) 
    E77 E70 E78 E80 E67
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A68 A62 A57
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D55 D61 D56
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B73 B72 B75 B31 B21
 French Defense (11) 
    C02 C13 C14 C00 C05
 Sicilian Dragon (10) 
    B73 B72 B75 B70 B71
 King's Indian (9) 
    E72 E68 E87 E94 E60
 French (5) 
    C13 C00 C12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D37 D36 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B H Wood vs P N Wallis, 1945 1-0
   B H Wood vs E Walther, 1949 1-0
   B H Wood vs G Stokes, 1964 1-0
   B H Wood vs W Kuppe, 1949 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Oldenburg (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147

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BARUCH HAROLD WOOD
(born Jul-13-1909, died Apr-04-1989, 79 years old) United Kingdom

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Baruch Harold Wood was born in Sheffield, England. Wood was founded CHESS magazine in 1935, and was its editor until 1988, when it was sold to Pergamon Press. He was also a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and the co-founder of the Sutton Coldfield Chess Club. Wood was also a FIDE arbiter.

Between 1938 and 1957, Wood won the championship of Warwickshire eight times. He won several semi-international events: Baarn 1947, Paignton 1954, Whitby 1963, Tˇrshavn 1967, and Jersey 1975. He was British Correspondence Champion in 1945.

Wikipedia article: Baruch Harold Wood


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 125  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B H Wood vs F Collins  1-035 1935 Ludlow CongressD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. B H Wood vs Prins  0-135 1939 BirminghamD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
3. Alekhine vs B H Wood 1-043 1939 Montevideo (05)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. B H Wood vs P N Wallis 1-038 1945 British Correspondence Championship -6C17 French, Winawer, Advance
5. Lilienthal vs B H Wood 1-029 1946 UK - URS radiomatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. A Thomas vs B H Wood  ½-½53 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamB50 Sicilian
7. B H Wood vs Golombek  ½-½28 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. B H Wood vs Milner-Barry  0-148 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. B H Wood vs Lilienthal ½-½48 1946 UK - URS radiomatchD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
10. B H Wood vs C H Alexander 0-125 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamC78 Ruy Lopez
11. G Wood vs B H Wood 1-054 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
12. W Winter vs B H Wood  ½-½40 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE72 King's Indian
13. R F Combe vs B H Wood  1-045 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Wade vs B H Wood  ½-½55 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. B H Wood vs R Broadbent 1-030 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. B H Wood vs F Parr  1-052 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamA03 Bird's Opening
17. F Woolmer vs B H Wood ½-½16 1946 corrC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
18. G Abrahams vs B H Wood  1-027 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamA09 Reti Opening
19. B H Wood vs T Nielsen  0-136 1947 Aalborg DEND96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. C Poulsen vs B H Wood  1-052 1947 Aalborg DENB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. C B van den Berg vs B H Wood  1-031 1947 Team match NED-ENGD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
22. Stoltz vs B H Wood  0-170 1947 Aalborg DEND37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. S Herseth vs B H Wood  1-029 1947 Aalborg DENB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
24. B H Wood vs T van Scheltinga  1-045 1947 Aalborg DENA03 Bird's Opening
25. B H Wood vs C Kottnauer  ½-½57 1947 Match MCCU-CZED19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Feb-09-05  Catfriend: <WMD> No, 'cause I don't live in Britain:) Otherwise I daresay I would be!
Feb-09-05  Greginctw: are you jewish? i know jews say baruch ata adanoy.
Feb-09-05  Catfriend: <Greginctw> I am.
Feb-10-05  Greginctw: what do you think of this isreali peace thing? i always wondered why the media payed so much attention and i figure jews must be fascinated by this stuff. I Hope there is peace myself.
Feb-10-05  Catfriend: I wouldn't like to marr the beautiful pages of this site with the debates springing each time the issue is mentioned... For this we here have RJF's page:)

Still, to be polite and to answer the question - the mass-media is perhaps the worst way to understand what happens in the middle-east...

Jul-13-06  xenophon: odd that the biography has no mention of the "Chess"magazine-surely Wood's reason to be even on this site.
Jul-13-06  weary willy: Barry Wood was a phenomenon. He devoted far more of his life than was good for him to the publication of the magazine and the devlopment of the retail business. In the 1960s, as a keen schoolboy, I took the train across Birmingham to visit the ramshackle and over-crowded premises to spend saved pocket money. Wood was kindness itself, showing me some books he thought might help me and digging out a second-hand copy of one of them. With the current super-abundance of information and explosion in book and magazine publishing, it is hard to remember the paucity of information - and opportunities for tournament chess - of those times
Jul-13-06  cyclemath: Ah <weary>, what an Aladdin's cave lay under Sutton Coldfield railway station. We may have bumped into one another back in those days.
Jul-13-07  BIDMONFA: Baruch Harold Wood

WOOD, Baruch H.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/wood_baruch...
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Jul-13-07  xenophon: i see we've been updated this year and "chess"magazine gets a mention
Jun-18-08  deputy1: I remember the first time I met B. H.Wood . It was at Spalding 1970 my first chess Congress. He had a book stall there and I bought a few books and Chess magazine's I also went to his shop at Sutton Coldfield Railway station Every thing you think of Chess was there. he also organized British Open chess congresses at seaside towns I played at 2. Congresses one at Southport and one at Tesside Those were the days. John Hamer
Sep-21-08
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  GrahamClayton: Along with being the 1945 British CC champion, Wood from 1946 was the President of the ICCA, before it was reorganised as the ICCF in 1951. He also founded the Postal Chess Club, which folded after his retirement.

Source: Tim Harding "64 Great Chess Games - Masterpieces of Postal and Email Chess", Chess Mail, 2002

Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: this guy's got a weird name. if he wins, he burns his opponent. if he loses, he gets stuck in water.
Jul-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Today marks 100 years of Mr.B.H.Wood's birth. A strong player. A columnist and an editor, a true chess enthusiast.

R.I.P. Mr.Wood.

Jul-13-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday
Jan-09-10  jerseybob: In the early 70s I bought some second-hand CHESS annuals and still have 'em. Like the bound BCM annuals, they're just an all-round treasure-trove of great chess stuff.
Feb-10-10  Cibator: Ah yes, those "Chess" Festivals! Held for a fortnight each summer, in a different seaside town every year (and once in a Butlins holiday camp). Some of those places were subsequently inspired to hold regular annual congresses, Whitby being possibly the best known.

Having attended and greatly enjoyed the festival at Teesside in 1973, I was concerned to see no mention in "Chess" of the 1974 one, and wrote to BHW. He sent a nice reply saying because of the time and effort needed to organise the festivals, and the existence by then of so many other regular congresses, he'd decided to pack it in. Fair enough! He'd have been in his mid-sixties by then, and having so arduously worked himself out of that particular job, had undoubtedly earned the right to ease up a bit.

Mar-16-12  deputy1: I was at the Teeside Congress in 1973 After i played my game I would help out Barry on his Chess Book stall
Mar-16-12  AlanPardew: For free? Slavery over, bro!
Mar-16-12  Tired Tim: Ah! The spirit of volunteering is as valued as ever.

Let's acknowledge it "BH" made a living of sorts from his punishing working schedule but his heart was genuinely in widening the appeal of chess in UK

Apr-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a Wood victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "1935 Ludlow Congress"]
[Site "Ludlow, England"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GC Brown"]
[Black "Baruch Harold Wood"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. e4 dxe4 8. Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Bd7 10. Be3 Qe7 11. Qd2 Rd8 12. Rd1 O-O 13. Qc2 h6 14. Qc1 f5 15. Bd3 f4 16. dxc5 Bb8 17. Bd2 Qxc5 18. O-O Qh5 19. Rfe1 g5 20. h3 g4 21. hxg4 Qxg4 22. Be2 Qg7 23. c4 e5 24. Bc3 Kh8 25. Qc2 Rf5 26. Nh4 Rg5 27. Bf1 Rg8 28. f3 Be6 29. Qe4 Rh5


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30. Ng6+ Qxg6 31. Qxf4 Kh7 32. Qd2 e4 33. Rxe4 Ne5 34. Bxe5 Bxe5 35. f4 Qxe4 36. Bd3 Bd4+ 37. Kf1 Rh1#

Source: CHESS, Vol 1 No 1 14 September 1935

Jul-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Endgame study by Wood from 1951: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/es859...
Jul-13-13  DoctorD: That study reminds me of a Benko Gambit style endgame, where it seems to me that eventual maneuvering can reach this sort of position (white to move):


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where I think (with the caveat that I could of course be wrong; both about reaching this position and the win!) that Black is winning. I'd be interested in analysis by others.

Jul-13-13  DoctorD: I went through the main line at the Chesscafe site and it appears to me that the mistake there is 6. .. c4 by Black, which looks premature to me and gives up the win. I don't think my line is even necessary but that Black can continue to press on the K-side and eventually get the bishop to d3 or a similar square, at which point the .. c4 push will win.

Again, I welcome analysis.

Jul-15-13  DoctorD: A friend of mine recommended FinalGen to analyze this position (start for Wood's study):


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and it showed that Black indeed wins after 1. Bc2 and now not 1. .. Kd8 but instead first 1. ... Kb6! 2. Ba4 Be2 3. Be8 Bf3 4. Bf7 Kc7 5. Be6 Kd8 6. Kd2 Ke7 7. Ke3 Bh1 8. Bg8 Kf6 9. Kf4 c4 10. Be6 c3 11. Ke3 Be4 12. Bh3 Ke5 13. Bc8 Bb1 14. Bb7 Bh7 15. Bc6 Be4 16. Bb7 Bxd5 and wins.

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