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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.
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