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Jay E Whitehead
Number of games in database: 83
Years covered: 1976 to 1998
Last FIDE rating: 2407

Overall record: +23 -36 =24 (42.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B22 B50 B51 B96 B42
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A57 A61 A70
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C97 C69 C65 C91 C99
 Benko Gambit (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B21 B23 B65 B70
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E12 E15
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E41 E42 E43 E27
 King's Indian (4) 
    E94 E60 E75 E85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fedorowicz vs J Whitehead, 1977 0-1
   J Whitehead vs Reshevsky, 1981 1/2-1/2
   J Whitehead vs D B Gurevich, 1987 1-0
   A T Arnason vs J Whitehead, 1978 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1981)

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(born Oct-12-1961, died Oct-04-2011, 49 years old) United States of America

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Jay E. Whitehead was born in New York, New York, USA. He won the U.S. Junior Closed in 1981. Whitehead was awarded the IM title in 1986 and was also known as a backgammon player.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Whitehead vs B F Gibbons ½-½691976American OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. T Weinberger vs J Whitehead  ½-½321977Paul Masson OpenA47 Queen's Indian
3. C Garcia Palermo vs J Whitehead  ½-½381977Lone PineB32 Sicilian
4. J Whitehead vs Szabo  ½-½881977Lone PineB50 Sicilian
5. J Whitehead vs P Biyiasas 0-1201977Lone PineC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Fedorowicz vs J Whitehead  0-1191977Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
7. Larry Evans vs J Whitehead 1-0301977Lone PineB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. J Whitehead vs P Cleghorn  0-1351977Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
9. V McCambridge vs J Whitehead 1-0651977Lone PineC41 Philidor Defense
10. Martinovsky vs J Whitehead  1-0351977Lone PineE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
11. J Whitehead vs R Henley  1-0441977Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Whitehead vs L Christiansen 0-1361977Paul Masson OpenA06 Reti Opening
13. J Whitehead vs B Zueger 1-0291977Wch CadetsB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Kasparov vs J Whitehead ½-½281977Wch CadetsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J Whitehead vs K Lawless  ½-½421978Mechanics Institute MarathonC42 Petrov Defense
16. R Bogdanovic vs J Whitehead  1-0501978Lone PineB32 Sicilian
17. J Whitehead vs Rohde  0-1291978Lone PineC00 French Defense
18. Angantysson vs J Whitehead  1-0291978Lone PineA21 English
19. J Whitehead vs P Youngworth  ½-½391978Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. J Whitehead vs Filguth  0-1601978Lone PineC07 French, Tarrasch
21. J P Erlingsson vs J Whitehead  0-1541978Lone PineB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. A T Arnason vs J Whitehead  0-1551978Lone PineB30 Sicilian
23. J Whitehead vs C Garcia Palermo  0-1441978Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. G Garcia vs J Whitehead  ½-½221978Lone PineB32 Sicilian
25. J Whitehead vs Benko  ½-½201979Lone PineB42 Sicilian, Kan
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Oct-11-11  AnalyzeThis: Sorry to hear that.
Oct-11-11  JustAFish: There's a really interesting picture of Jay Whitehead- complete with frilly shirt and choker- in Jeremy Silman's book "The Reassess Your Chess Workbook."
Oct-11-11  Prugno: Hoping to distract from the tragedy of his premature death with a little pun, I would like to point out that Mr. Whitehead's surname is the exact translation of "Capablanca". His style, however, looks more aggressive than the Cuban's...
Oct-11-11  Agent Bouncy: "Capa" means cape or cloak, not head.
Oct-11-11  I play the Fred: <Cabezablanca> would be correct, I think.
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  ketchuplover: RIP please
Jan-07-12  Caissanist: The US Junior was apparently not the only tournament where he used pseudonyms, there is also this: Withead vs S Biyiasas, 1984 .
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  GrahamClayton: Whitehead is possibly the only US player to have finished ahead of Garry Kasparov in a tournament, finishing 2nd in the 1977 World U-17 championship (Kasparov finished 3rd).
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  HeMateMe: Thats a great trivia question, regarding Kasparov.
Mar-13-12  esundel: i remember the whitehead twins quite well. i drew against paul once in a friendly time odds blitz game. pity about jay, i hadn't heard till now. anyone know how paul is faring?
Mar-13-12  Granny O Doul: Not quite twins; Paul was a year or so older. That's all I know.
Mar-13-12  esundel: <Granny O Doul> We all thought of them as twins back then even though they were quite different in personality and age. they were twins on the junior rating list. i knew them both as acquaintances.
Mar-27-12  ekw: Hello all. I spent the last month helping Jay out in San Diego and then San Francisco; he passed the last week at the Zen Hospice Guest House on Page Street, with his mother present. His brother Paul made it in for a week (from Virginia, where he's lived for many years).
Mar-29-12  Whitehat1963: No relation.
Jun-28-15  epistle: Mukhang ayaw ng magporkas ni jayz a. Nakoryente e, bwahaha.
Oct-29-15  zanzibar: A little more background about his historical database via Sam Sloan:

< I (ed-Sam Sloan) just let him stay as a service to the chess community, as I often have done.

The reason he wanted to stay in my residence in Brooklyn was he was going to the New York Public Library every day to research old chess manuscripts. The New York Public Library is the largest library in the world and has many documents that no other library has. Whitehead had a list of newspapers that had published chess columns in the period around 1830-1850 and every day Whitehead was going there to write down every game he could find. One of these newspapers was the Bristol Mercury from Bristol, England.

In 2001, I had to tell him that he could no longer stay at my place because I had gotten married and had a child, so I could not keep any men in my family home. About a year later, I received an email from him saying that he was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the hard disk on his computer had gone bad so he had lost all the data he had collected. Since he had been using my computers in my home in Brooklyn New York, he asked me to send him his computer file that he had left on my computer. Fortunately, I still had the file, so I sent it to him. I am sure that I still have the file on one of my old computers and I will search for it when I have time.>!t...

Oct-29-15  zanzibar: See also these posts:

H W Popert (kibitz #57)

H W Popert (kibitz #66)

Oct-29-15  zanzibar: A good picture (maybe the best?) is at Sam Sloan's site:

There's also this (from M Ginsburg's site):

J Whitehead is 2nd from left (see autographs on picture as well)

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  jnpope: And another post about the Jay Whitehead database when I was involved:

Morphy vs NN, 1850

Oct-30-15  zanzibar: Here's a list of players/games for those players with more than 100 games in Whitehead's database:


877 Cochrane, John

817 un

781 Staunton, Howard

717 Anderssen, Karl Ernst Adolf

704 Harrwitz, Daniel

695 ?

659 Cochrane

500 Bonnerji, Mahescandra

499 Mahescandra

459 Lasa, Tassilo v H und der

439 Morphy, Paul Charles

374 Paulsen, Louis

369 Lowenthal, Johann Jacob

368 Williams, Elijah

331 Mayet, Carl

297 Kieseritzky, Lionel Adalbert B.F

293 Lange, Max

272 Horwitz, Bernhard

267 Walker, George

255 Kennedy, Hugh Alexander

240 Guttock, Somacarana

238 Mongredien, Augustus

232 Somacarana

221 Stanley, Charles Henry

221 Kolisch, Ignatz F. von

216 team

214 McDonnell, Alexander

214 Neumann, Gustav Rich. Ludwig

209 Steinitz, Wilhelm

207 Spreckley, George Stormont

197 Boden, Samuel Standidge

192 Perigal, George

187 Medley, George Webb

187 Riviere, Jules Arnous de la

180 Suhle, Berthold

172 Bird, Henry Edward

164 Eckstadt, Conrad W Vitzthum v

160 Falkbeer, Ernst Karl

159 Schulten, John William

147 Hanstein, Wilhelm

143 Slous, Frederick Lokes

138 Bourdonnais, Louis Chas. M de la

136 Perrin, Frederick

129 Saint Amant, Pierre Charles F de

128 Walker*, George

126 Brien, Robert Barnett

124 Buckle, Henry Thomas

121 Barnes, Thomas Wilson

121 Hirschbach, Hermann

119 Hirschbach*, Hermann

117 Deacon, Frederick Horace

114 Lewis, William

113 Hirschfeld, Philipp

111 Szen, Jozsef

111 Smith, C. F.

106 Goltz, Alex. Ferdinand v.d

105 Withers, John

103 Marache, Napoleon

103 Emmett, J. F.

103 Fenton, Vivian

101 Macdonnell, George Alcock

101 Mackenzie, George Henry


Note: I didn't try to merge any names together, e.g. Cochrane and Cochrane* are considered separate entries.

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  jnpope: <Note: I didn't try to merge any names together, e.g. Cochrane and Cochrane* are considered separate entries.>

Which is a good thing. From what I've seen most of the asterisk appended names just mean that it is a line or NN vs NN game given by that author in the source material Jay was using. For example the Walker,George* games all seem to come from "Chess Studies" (so far) where Walker doesn't give the names of the players. In those cases Jay just attributes the game to Walker,George* in the White field and no opponent in the Black field. This may have been due to the number of fields he was limited to back in the days of ChessBase 3.0.

I've been slowly going through "Chess Studies" (for a couple months now) verifying games found in Jay's database. I'm up to game 833 and so far I've only discovered two games that he missed.

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  Domdaniel: <LIFE Master AJ> displays his usual staggering tact here, asking < [Does he even play chess anymore?]> shortly after Jay's death.

Much too young. Though AJ does not return to comment on this.

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  MissScarlett: <103 Emmett, J. F.

103 Fenton, Vivian>

Falkirk Herald, April 15th 1908, p.8:

<"Norwich Mercury” some time ago quoted the following game (with its interesting notes which smack of the hunting-field) from a source which is explained in the accompanying text:-

“Curious to say we lately picked up a book which shows that chess was much in vogue at Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1864. It is a record of 100 games played between J. F. Emmett and Vivian Fenton during the winter of 1864, and published by Delahodde, Rue Royale, Boulogne, 1865. The authors say they had these printed as 'a memento of a long and dreary winter, which, with its rapid rounds of frost, thaw, fog, rain, snow, hail, gale, flood, and mud, left them little else to than to sit behind the Staunton ivory.’ The notes to the games are extremely quaint, and readers were asked to regard them as the small talk of the home fireside, round which they were made the time.” We give one example....> (submitted)

Feb-22-19  Caissanist: A posting on the Monokroussos page:

<Jay was my son. He was brilliant. He also had a tender and loving heart. He introduced me to animal rights and vegetarianism. He cared about the plight of animals. I'm leaving my house in San Francisco to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Jay's memory, The Hare Krishnas seduced him in his early twenties when he was lonely and grieving after a bad relationship. They tried to sever his relationship with me, a standard ploy of cults. But they were not successful. I blame them for his dying prematurely - they made him paranoid of everything Western: e.g.. "Western doctors are only in it for he money, etc." So, although he had a very curable cancer (testicular) he didn't follow through with the protocols. Beware of cults! There are no magic solutions for life's challenges. Think critically! And never take the ones you love for granted - Jay spent the last 8 days of his life in the Zen Guest House Hospice in San Francisco. He was treated royally. I have the wonderful memory of John Donaldson visiting him and Jay looking so animated and happy. Eluott Winsow, another chess master, was his devoted friend until the end. Any friends of Jay's are welcome to write or visit me. Loretta ->

Feb-23-19  JimNorCal: Doubtless the second name in the selection above should be Elliot Winslow. Elliott C Winslow
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