The Oxford Companion to Chess

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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 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 2500 entries, including rules, terms, strategies, tactics, over 500 brief biographies of famous players, and entries on more than 700 named openings and opening variations. In the back of the book is a comprehensive index of opening variations and sub-variations, listing 1327 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.