John Herbert White (22 February 1880 – 18 November 1920, London, England) was co-author with Richard Clewin Griffith of the first three editions of the famous chessopeningtreatiseModern Chess Openings. It was first published in 1911 and is still in print. Griffith and White explained in the preface to the first edition that "the many recent master tournaments have rendered necessary an up-to-date book on the Openings" and that "the book is intended to be a guide for match and tournament players". The fifteenth edition, by AmericangrandmasterNick de Firmian, was published in 2008. The book is commonly referred to as MCO today.
^See R. C. Griffith, J. H. White, and M. E. Golstein, Modern Chess Openings, 4th edition, Whitehead & Miller, 1925, Preface to the Fourth Edition (referring to White's fatal 1920 accident and "the eight years which have elapsed since the appearance of the previous issue").
^R. C. Griffith and J. H. White, Modern Chess Openings, 2nd edition, Longmans, Green and Co., 1913, p. viii (reprinting Preface to First Edition).