The Oxford Companion to Chess

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The Oxford Companion to Chess

The Oxford Companion to Chess is a reference book on the game of chess, written by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld.[1] The book is written in an encyclopedia format. The book belongs to the Oxford Companions series.


The first edition of the book was published in 1984 by Oxford University Press. The second edition (1992) has over 2,500 entries, including rules, terms, strategies, tactics, over 500 brief biographies of famous players, and entries on more than 700 named openings and opening variations.[citation needed] In the back of the book is a comprehensive index of opening variations and sub-variations, listing 1,327 named variations.

The book also discusses chess from other countries (such as shogi), chess variants (such as three dimensional chess), and some forms of fairy chess.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "The Oxford Companion to Chess". Goodreads. Retrieved 28 November 2017.