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The Oxford Companion to Chess

The Oxford Companion to Chess is a reference book on chess written by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld. The book is written in an encyclopedia or dictionary format. The second edition (1992) has over 2500 entries, including rules, terms, strategies, and tactics, over 500 brief biographies of famous players, and entries on more than 700 named openings and opening variations. Additionally, it discusses chess from other countries (such as Shogi), chess variants (such as three dimensional chess), and some forms of fairy chess. The book belongs to the Oxford Companions series.


  • First published in 1984 by Oxford University Press
  • Reissued in paperback (with corrections) in 1987 by Oxford University Press
  • Second edition published in 1992 by Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-866164-9


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