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Baruch Harold Wood vs L D H
corr (1948) (correspondence)
French Defense: Rubinstein. Fort Knox Variation (C10)  ·  1-0



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Oct-17-06  semislav: Haha, Black was counting on elminiting white's knight if white played 8. Bg5 but overlooked 9.Qd2!
Mar-25-09  Xeroxx: knock on wood
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  Domdaniel: An old trick, but a good one. Even in 1948 anyone playing the French should have been aware of it.
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  FSR: Black should have tried 9...Bxg2 10.Bxf6 Bxh1. Then he theoretically would have enough material for the queen, though in reality he's still lost because of White's lead in development.
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  Phony Benoni: In his <1000 Best Short Games of Chess>> Game #39, Irving chernev names Baruch Harold Wood as White and specifies this as a correspondence game. Are there other sources to confirm or deny this?
Sep-05-15  thomastonk: <Phony Benoni> You won't be happy with this information: Harding's Ultra corr database contains this game - at least until 9.♕d2 - as "S.Wood v S.Wood, corr 1948".

The same database contains two more games with the position after 9.♕d2, both continued with 9.. ♗xg2. One was won by White, the other one by Black!

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  Phony Benoni: <thomastonk> That is certainly unsatisfying, having both White and Black with the same name.

I know enough to be suspicious of Chernev's information, which is why I asked. It often feels that he is not deliberately misleading us, but just remembering something incorrectly.

I have to confess my own carelessness as well. I should have noted that Chernev gave Black's name as "L.D.H."

<FSR> pointed out the 9...Bxg2 resource earlier, so I'm not surprised it was played in other games.

Sep-06-15  siggemannen: <Knox on Wood>? :D
Nov-29-15  rodantero: The game was repeated in 1966 (with another "actors")
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  sea7kenp: White's d4 Pawn, sure was Poisoned!
Dec-23-21  Alan McGowan: B.H. Wood, the editor of 'Chess', challenged any reader to play two games of correspondence chess against him for a fee. This game resulted from one of these challenges.

It is given in Chess, Nr. 158, November 1948, p39. Wood's opponent was L.D.H., who insisted on having Black in both games. He wanted to use his favourite line in the French Defence.

Fascinating to consider how this game comes to be in CG at all. Insufficient information about White and, apparently, a made-up name for Black (Lambert).

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