We remember Baruch Wood MSc OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Baruch Harold Wood was born on Tuesday, July 13th 1909 in Ecclesall, Sheffield, Yorkshire. The registration district is given as Ecclesall Bierlow.
The birth record suggests that he was baptised as Harold Baruch Wood. His mother’s name was Herington.
Baruch attended Friars School, Bangor (established in 1557) along with William Ritson Morry. BHW was one year and three months older than WRM so it is entirely possible that they had met.
In October 1936 BHW married Marjory Elizabeth Farrington in Ross, Herefordshire. When Marjory died on 7th September 1977 they were living at 146, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
In the 1984 New Years Honours List, Civil Division, BHW was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess”
“BH Wood was born in Sheffield in 1909. A great lover of the game, he founded the magazine Chess in 1935, and has written a book for beginners. He scored a notable success by winning the British Correspondence Championship on one occasion. Wood has competed in the British Championship on several occasions, and in a number of Premier Reserves tournaments. He also played for Great Britain in the international team tournament at Buenos Aires in 1939.
He is a graduate of the University of Wales and Birmingham University. He has been very active in recent years in giving simultaneous exhibitions and in organising correspondence chess.”
Here is an obituary from the BCF Yearbook 1989 – 1990, page 14 :
From The Encyclopedia of Chess by Harry Golombek :
“A well known British player, editor of Chess (starting 1935) and chess correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and Illustrated London News. A FIDE judge, he has founded and conducted 21 annual chess festivals, notably at Whitby, Eastbourne and Southport.
Winner of a number of small and semi-international tournaments : Baarn 1947, Paignton 1954, Whitby 1963, Thorshavn 1967, and Jersey 1975.
Played for the BCF in the International Team Tournament at Buenos Aires 1939. His best tournament result was probably his equal second in the British Championship at London 1948.
Among his books are : Easy Guide to Chess, Sutton Coldfield 1942 et seq; World Championship Candidates Tournament 1953, Sutton Coldfield 1954. ”
Here is an obituary from the MCCU
Here is the obituary from British Chess Magazine, Volume CIX (109), Number 5 (May), pages 210 – 211 :
Here is his Wikipedia entry
He won the BCF President’s Award in 1983, an OBE in 1984 and he was made a Life Member of FIDE.