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Baruch Harold Wood
B H Wood 
Number of games in database: 172
Years covered: 1931 to 1971

Overall record: +48 -81 =43 (40.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E33 E37 E39 E22
 King's Indian (11) 
    E76 E77 E70 E67 E78
 Bird's Opening (10) 
    A02 A03
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D96 D97 D83
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D50 D55 D56 D52
 Slav (6) 
    D15 D17 D19 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B73 B72 B75 B56 B21
 French Defense (17) 
    C02 C13 C05 C14 C00
 King's Indian (12) 
    E72 E94 E60 E68 E91
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B72 B73 B75 B74 B71
 French (6) 
    C13 C00 C12
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B H Wood vs L D H, 1948 1-0
   B H Wood vs G Stokes, 1964 1-0
   D G Ellison vs B H Wood, 1959 0-1
   B H Wood vs P N Wallis, 1945 1-0
   B H Wood vs E Walther, 1949 1-0
   B H Wood vs W Kuppe, 1949 1/2-1/2
   J E Littlewood vs B H Wood, 1962 0-1
   B H Wood vs I Koenig, 1949 1-0
   B H Wood vs O'Kelly, 1949 1-0
   B H Wood vs W Winter, 1948 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aalborg (1947)
   Hastings 1948/49 (1948)
   British Championship (1948)
   North Devon Open (1971)
   British Championship (1936)
   British Championship (1946)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   British Championship (1959)
   British Championship (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/1949 by WCC Editing Project

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(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. He founded CHESS magazine in 1935 and was its editor until 1988, when it was sold to Pergamon Press. He was also a FIDE Arbiter, a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and also wrote an interesting weekly column for Illustrated London News from 1949 to 1979. He co-founded the Sutton Coldfield Chess Club.

Between 1938 and 1957, Wood won the championship of Warwickshire eight times. He won several semi-international events: Baarn Group C 1947, Paignton 1954, Whitby 1963, T├│rshavn 1967, and Jersey 1975. At the 1948 British Championship he shared 2nd with Harry Golombek, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry and George Alan Thomas, behind Reginald Joseph Broadbent. 1 He shared 4th with William Albert Fairhurst at Hastings (1948/49). He was British Correspondence Champion in 1945. Father of Margaret E Clarke.

1 Gino De Felice, "Chess Results 1947-1950" (McFarland 2008), p.150

Wikipedia article: Baruch Harold Wood

Last updated: 2022-04-04 04:19:13

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 172  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B H Wood vs C Damant  0-1331931BCF-ch 24th Major Open ResD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. B H Wood vs F Collins  1-0351935Ludlow CongressD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Koblents vs B H Wood  1-0271935Margate premier reserves prelim-AD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. G A Thomas vs B H Wood  1-0221936British ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
5. B H Wood vs F Parr  1-0541936British ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. B H Wood vs H Saunders  1-0391936British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. B H Wood vs G Abrahams  0-1461936BCF-ch 29th Major Open BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. B H Wood vs Eliskases  0-1231937BirminghamE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
9. B H Wood vs Prins  0-1351939BirminghamD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
10. W J Muhring vs B H Wood  1-0191939NED-ENGE60 King's Indian Defense
11. W Holowach vs B H Wood  0-1541939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1A22 English
12. B H Wood vs D Soto  0-1291939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1E61 King's Indian
13. B H Wood vs F Zita  ½-½351939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
14. A Aponte vs B H Wood  ½-½441939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1D00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Alekhine vs B H Wood 1-0431939MontevideoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. B H Wood vs P N Wallis 1-0361945British Correspondence Championship -6C17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. F Woolmer vs B H Wood ½-½161946corrC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
18. Lilienthal vs B H Wood 1-0291946GBR-URS Radio MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. B H Wood vs Lilienthal ½-½481946GBR-URS Radio MatchD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. G J Wood vs B H Wood 1-0541946British ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. B H Wood vs Golombek  ½-½281946British ChampionshipE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. G Abrahams vs B H Wood  1-0271946British ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
23. B H Wood vs R Broadbent 1-0301946British ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. R F Combe vs B H Wood  1-0451946British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. B H Wood vs C H Alexander 0-1251946British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
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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.

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
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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  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

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  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. ♘f3 ♘f6 3. e3 e6 4. ♗d3 c5 5. c3 ♘c6 6. ♘bd2 ♗d6 7. e4 dxe4 8. ♘xe4 ♘xe4 9. ♗xe4 ♗d7 10. ♗e3 ♕e7 11. ♕d2 ♖d8 12. ♖d1 O-O 13. ♕c2 h6 14. ♕c1 f5 15. ♗d3 f4 16. dxc5 ♗b8 17. ♗d2 ♕xc5 18. O-O ♕h5 19. ♖fe1 g5 20. h3 g4 21. hxg4 ♕xg4 22. ♗e2 ♕g7 23. c4 e5 24. ♗c3 ♔h8 25. ♕c2 ♖f5 26. ♘h4 ♖g5 27. ♗f1 ♖g8 28. f3 ♗e6 29. ♕e4 ♖h5

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30. ♘g6+ ♕xg6 31. ♕xf4 ♔h7 32. ♕d2 e4 33. ♖xe4 ♘e5 34. ♗xe5 ♗xe5 35. f4 ♕xe4 36. ♗d3 ♗d4+ 37. ♔f1 ♖h1#

Source: CHESS, Vol 1 No 1 14 September 1935

Jul-13-13  Karpova: Endgame study by Wood from 1951:
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.

May-27-22  Nosnibor: According to a report in the 50th Paignton Congress referring to the 1948 Congress section of the top Reserve Tournament the following makes interesting reading. "H. Israel won the top Reserve tournament in which Baruch (Barry) Wood had to retire through illness after the fourth round having scored 2.5 points in the first three. B.H. was accident prone throughout his life and had to retire from many tournaments. A few years later, when controlling one of the first Junior International at the Devon Junior Congress, he crashed his car when turning into the drive of Ron and Rowena Bruce`s house. However, few men did more to further the interests of English chess, especially among the younger generation in post-war years.
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