Popert, William


Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1841  2559 (78) 25

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Popert, William M.  
Born: 1797
Died: 1844
ChessBase Player Database gives birth year 1795 but this may just be a guess. Sarah, and Hooper and Whyld, give a tentative death date of 1844 (though possibly later). Gaige gives date of death only as '1840s'. His name is given as 'Popper' once by de Saint-Amant (Le Palamède, 1836, p.187). Sergeant, Gaige, Utterberg and Hooper and Whyld all give his name as 'H.W. Popert', the initials being taken from the subscription list to William Greenwood Walker's book on the de la Bourdonnais - McDonnell match. John Townsend in his Notes on the Life of Howard Staunton (p.44), however, has found an earlier reference (5 Nov. 1835) from the records of the London Chess Club to a 'W. Popert' and suspects that the initial 'H.' in Walker's book simply meant 'Herr'. He tentatively identifies Popert from the 1841 census as 'William M. Popert', 'a foreign-born 44-year-old merchant living in Fenchurch Street, in the parish of St. Dionis Backchurch, London' (p.44). Townsend confirms this identification in his book Historical Notes on Some Chess Players (p.8). This would make his year of birth either 1796 or 1797.
   Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 336
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 40, 355
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 324
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (2nd ed.), page 314
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 50
   Townsend, Historical Notes on Players, page 8
   Townsend, Notes on Staunton, page 44
   Utterberg, De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, page 326, 349
   Walker, Chess Studies, page xi
   Walker, A Selection of Games at Chess, page 279
   [BLL], 17 Jan. 1836, page 3
   [BLL], 16 Oct. 1836, page 4
   [BLL], 11 Sep. 1842, page 2
   [BLL], 30 Apr. 1843, page 2
   [BLL], 14 Dec. 1845, page 3
   [CPC], vol. 8, 19 June 1847, page 192
   [CPC], vol. 12, Apr. 1851, page 122
   [CPC], vol. 4, Apr. 1856, page 125
   [CW], vol. 3, June 1867, page 100
   [Era], vol. 29, 17 Feb. 1867, page 14
   [ILN], vol. 26, 14 Apr. 1855, page 347
   [Pal], vol. 1, 15 July 1836, page 187
   [Pal], vol. 1, 15 Sep. 1836, page 233
   [Pal], vol. 2, 15 Jan. 1838, page 481
   [Phil], vol. 1, Feb. 1838, page 118
   Murray, H.J.R.  [Howard Staunton by H.J.R. Murray]
   Sarah.  [An American Tragedy]
   Sarah.  [Charles Henry Stanley]
   Sarah.  [State of Chess in 1838]
   [H Popert]

Match data  (f=formal; c=casual; s=soft)

Staunton, H. - Popert, W.M. 1841         (f)     13   -   12

Player information updated: 16 Jul. 2017