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John Washington Baird
Number of games in database: 94
Years covered: 1880 to 1906

Overall record: +19 -57 =18 (29.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C78 C83 C65 C62 C61
 Ruy Lopez, Open (5) 
    C83 C80
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
 Scotch Game (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C67 C65 C84 C91
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C25 C26
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J W Baird vs Spielmann, 1905 1/2-1/2
   J W Baird vs Bird, 1889 1-0
   Bird vs J W Baird, 1889 0-1
   J W Baird vs J M Hanham, 1889 1-0
   J W Baird vs Janowski, 1894 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   6th American Chess Congress (1889)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1893 Masters Tournament by crawfb5

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(born Feb-22-1852, died May-08-1917, 65 years old) United States of America

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His brother was David Graham Baird.

Wikipedia article: John Washington Baird

Last updated: 2017-06-14 04:35:01

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Ettlinger vs J W Baird  1-0361880USA-05.Congress-BC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Bird vs J W Baird ½-½5218896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. J W Baird vs N MacLeod 1-02418896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. J W Baird vs Taubenhaus 0-15918896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC70 Ruy Lopez
5. J W Baird vs E Delmar 0-13818896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Burn vs J W Baird  1-05518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
7. J W Baird vs J M Hanham 1-01918896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC41 Philidor Defense
8. W Pollock vs J W Baird 1-02518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC52 Evans Gambit
9. J W Baird vs D M Martinez  1-04318896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. M Judd vs J W Baird 1-05418896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. J W Baird vs J Mason 0-17318896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Burille vs J W Baird ½-½3518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. J W Baird vs M Weiss 0-15418896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Gossip vs J W Baird 1-06118896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC25 Vienna
15. J W Baird vs Showalter  0-14518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC48 Four Knights
16. D G Baird vs J W Baird 1-06518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
17. J W Baird vs Lipschutz  0-12918896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. Blackburne vs J W Baird 1-04618896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC26 Vienna
19. Gunsberg vs J W Baird  1-03818896th American Chess Congress, New YorkD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Chigorin vs J W Baird 1-04418896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC30 King's Gambit Declined
21. J W Baird vs Bird  ½-½6018896th American Chess Congress, New YorkB32 Sicilian
22. N MacLeod vs J W Baird  1-08918896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
23. Taubenhaus vs J W Baird 1-06218896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC25 Vienna
24. E Delmar vs J W Baird 1-04518896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC53 Giuoco Piano
25. J W Baird vs Burn  0-13418896th American Chess Congress, New YorkC49 Four Knights
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Jan-13-09  sillybilly47: J.W. Baird 3-0-2 vs. Bird. Not bad.
Jan-14-09  sneaky pete: Not bad at all, if one considers that John Washington Baird and Bird only played 2 games against each other, of which the first one was drawn.
Jan-15-09  sillybilly47: Sneaky Pete, I beg to differ. Chessgames own data base lists five games: A pair of 24 move wins,a 16 move win,a 40 move draw and a 52 move draw.In addition, one of the wins was off a Bird's opening. Are you a Bird fan?
Jan-16-09  sneaky pete: <sillybilly47> Huh? This database has 5 games between these two gents? Well, it's on the internet, so it must be true. And yes, I am a fan of Mr. Bird, in fact I am his Number Two Fan on this site.
Jan-16-09  Morphischer: Amazing! This guy's still alive.
Jul-06-09  myschkin: . . .

John Washington Baird


"Of the Baird brothers, David G. is the better player by far. He plays with characteristic Scotch carefulness, for he is of Scotch descent. Of medium height, he is inclined to stoutness, and is of light complexion. His brother John W. is very thin, although he looks like his brother in the face. He was one of the slowest players in the tournament." (source: NY Times, 1889, p.8)

His younger brother David Graham Baird , who was also an American chess master.

Jul-06-09  WhiteRook48: he had a Baird
Dec-27-09  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Morphischer: Amazing! This guy's still alive.> Yep, and more ... it's all set for his 158th birthday already.
Feb-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Washington Baird.
Jun-14-17  zanzibar: As far as Edward Winter is concerned, it seems that John Washington Baird is indeed still un-deceased: C.N. 5711.
Jun-14-17  zanzibar: I have seen some giving his dod as 1923, but without reference.
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  Tabanus: = from Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1920, says he died in Berlin 8 May 1917.

He applied for Am. passport at the American embassy in Berlin 26 April 1916, for continued residence in Germany, to which he came in 1912.

Jun-14-17  whiteshark: <Tab> I'm a bit confused about his date of death (d.o.d.) due to the following incompatible dates :

Your source says <Berlin 8 May 1917>

while wiki leaks only y.o.d. <1923> referring to <Jeremy Gaige, Chess Personalia: A Biobibliography, McFarland & Company, 1987, p. 19>

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  Tabanus: <Sharkie> I think Gaige may be wrong, there is a death of a "John W. Baird" in the US almost every year, and he may have picked one of those. I've also seen 1926, and 1928. The Berlin Deaths states "John Washington Baird", of which there may be several, but the passport application in Berlin 16 April 1916 (applying for continued residence) has "John W. Baird" born 22 Feb 1852 in New York City. There are pitfalls - I'd say 99% sure it's him.
Jun-14-17  whiteshark: Thanks for your clarification/explanation, <Tab>, much appreciated! I have no access to 'Ancestry' and thus couldn't follow your link.
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  Tabanus: <ws> I feared that it was not open-able, and apparently only Anc. dot com has it. There is a good deal of German handwriting on the form which I can't understand, but "ach(ten) Mai" seems certain. I find two John Baird's d. 1923, and, but it's neither of those.
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  Tabanus: 1910 census Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York:

<Baird John W.>, Lodger, 58, b. in New York, married 9 years, Own incomer, <Baird Lucy>, Lodger, 29, b. in Germany, married 9 years, Governess Private Family. I find no marriage record.

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  Tabanus: There exists a quite thorough family tree but with two mistakes: they have married Lucy abt. 1912 (no source, should probably be abt. 1901), and d. in Germany abt. 1915. They have seen the passport application of 1916, but not that it was at a US embassy (in Berlin).
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  Tabanus: Oh dear, I see only now that the passport application (of April 1916) has a page 2 as well. It says he left New York in end of May 1912, and (typewritten):

<I came abroad to see some relatives of my wife's. I haven't since had money to live anywhere else or to return> and

<I have relatives in the United States. Children of my brother> and <I have no income> and <I have not money enough to return at this time>

And I note that his brother David died in 1913, and his sister Sophia in 1914. I'd like to read the Berlin death certificate, but the Gothic handwriting is too much. The wife is mentioned, apparently something like "Lucie Rössler".

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  Tabanus: and next page 1226.
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  MissScarlett: <while wiki leaks only y.o.d. <1923> referring to <Jeremy Gaige, Chess Personalia: A Biobibliography, McFarland & Company, 1987, p. 19>>

Gaige (in the 1987 edition, at least) doesn't give a DOD. It's possible this citation was was only meant to refer to Baird's DOB.

Sad to hear of Baird's wartime plight. As an American in a Germany that was suffering food shortages caused by the Allied blockade, it's possible his death was hastened by privation.

Jun-14-17  zanzibar: I agree with <MissS> on the wiki citation, especially as it also contained:

<The date and place of Baird's death are unknown.[1][3]>

[1] being the Gaige reference again.
[3] being the Winter CN previously mentioned.

All his final tournaments were German, so I suspected he may have relocated, though 1912 is after the last of them. His relocation helps explain why finding his dod was so difficult.

Crackerjack work <Tab>.

Wonder why 1923 got so widely disseminated (though Wall gave 1910(?)) ... ?

I also wonder if we know what he did as a vocation, other than chess? I saw a mention of a like named person performing music in NY during his time there.

Also, did the two brothers really come from Canada?

And finally, who is going to inform Winter?!


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  Tabanus: No Canadian connection. 1860 census New York Ward 21 District 5:

Willm. (?) Baird, 49, Carpenter, b. in New York
Sarah Baird, 30, b. in N Hampshire
Sarah E, 12, b. in New York
Caroline M, 10, b. in New York
<John>, 8, b. in New York
David, 5, b. in New York

1870 census New York Ward 12 District 6:

John Baird, 52, Builder, born in New York
Sarah, 40, Housekeeping, born in New Hampshire
<John>, 18, Apprentice to Carpenter, born in New York
David, 15, Apprentice to Carpenter, born in New York
Sophia, 8, born in New York

1880 census 109 Street New York:

John Baird, 63, Carpenter & Builder, b. New Brunswick, parents b. in Scotland
Sarah Baird, 56, keeps home, b. in New Hampshire
<John W Baird>, 28, Carpenter, b. in New York
D. Graham Baird, 25, Lawyer, b. in New York
Sophia, 17, Attending College

Jun-14-17  zanzibar: Another myth busted it seems.

I suppose the one brother remained a carpenter, a bit unusual for chess players of that era (although, if Paulsen could be a farmer, why not?).

Thanks <tab>, gg.

Jun-15-17  zanzibar: The two brothers weren't that far apart at their peaks, according to EDO chess:


D.G. (2340, 323, [1883, 2398, 18])
J.W. (2251, 263, [1891, 2358, 27])


Average, Games, [Peak yr, rating, games] )

So 100 point separation over career average, but only 50 point difference in peak rating (so peak D.G. vs peak J.W. is ~ 5.8/10 more winning).


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