Definitive Work on Chess History in Progress!

For the last decade, International Master Jay Whitehead has been researching old newspaper archives from before 1867 and has been collecting chess games that have never been published within the last hundred years. He has been researching weekly chess columns in obscure publications such as the Bristol Mercury, for example.

So far, he has collected more than eight thousand chess games from English language publications.

Now, he needs French, German, Dutch, Romanian, Spanish (and possibly other) translators to bring to fruition a lifelong dream.
Jay Whitehead
Jay Whitehead

Every Known Chess Result and Every Traceable Chess Game, including all available dates, conditions, etc., prior to 1867, will soon appear to satisfy the cravings of every true chessaholic.

Not only that, he plans that a complete rating list, with EVERY RATABLE RESULT, 1798-1866 (about 50,000 games), will soon be within your grasp.

NEVERMORE will you wonder, "How shall I fritter away my valuable life, today?"

You will know at last:

And that's just a taste of what's coming IF he gets the translating help he needs.

So what are you waiting for? Be a part of this glorious tribute to the Royal Game!

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ALL profits will be donated to charity, so cast aside petty, selfish considerations and HELP TRANSLATE NOW!

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I will be happy to prove to Mr. Brennen that at least two games widely published as "Morphy-Lowenthal" are fakes IF he can help me find translators.

You know, the inside cover of Oxford Chess Encyclopedia (A laudable attempt) claims they've printed every game played before 1867 by anyone who was ever among the top two in the world.

Von der Lasa was probably the best player in the world from 1841-1849, and may have maintaned that distinction for many more years (When our research is completed, such questions will be more clearly answerable).

Oxford has 34 of his games. We have already found 277.

You do the math.

One of the most dominant dinosaurs from that era was Daniel Harrwitz. Praised by Lasker, he was probably the strongest constantly active player during the 1850s, only Anderssen, Lasa, and of course Morphy being possibly superior.

Frederick Lokes Slous was probably the leading British player between McDonnell's death and Staunton's ascent, 1836-39. (George Walker was probably his main rival.) So Slous was--after LaBourdonnais of course--a real contender, along with Szen, Amant, Boncourt, and the Berlin "Pleades," which were still developing.

It is curious that, although we have so far found 43 games played, in 1847, between Harrwitz & Slous, Oxford found none.

Of course, Harrwitz may have never actually been amongst the strongest two players alive, but that is doubtful.


Jay Whitehead

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