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The Oxford Companion to Chess

by David Hooper, Kenneth Whyld

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The Oxford Companion to Chess is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the game from the earliest myths describing the game's invention right up to recent World Championship competitions. For the second edition, all entries have been scrutinized, revised, and updated, maintaining the book'sreputation for authority and accuracy.* Over 2,500 entries covering named openings, laws, and strategies* Biographies of all the major figures* Embraces all branches of the game, including correspondence chess and other forms of telechess, and regional variations such as Chinese and Japanese chess, as well as various unorthodox forms * A host of topics such as computers and chess, philately and chess, and the representation of the gamein literature, art, theatre, and film… (more)

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Pop it by the bed, cruise in and out of it. I'm not saying it's as good as sex, but.

Here are a couple of things I've found out from it lately.

A goodreader recently asked me what the sexiest chess opening is. Well, it turns out there is a Horny Defence, created by Johann Horny, a 19th century German actor. This has got to be a front-runner, doesn't it?

And there is a chess player in here called Pratt and it turns out, Pratt by name...When he played blindfold chess he'd call his moves out in rhyming couplets. Actually, I fancy that would add to your chances of winning.

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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
This my reference book for everything chess. At least for the years covered. An invaluable book for those interested in all aspects of chess. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Mar 11, 2010 |
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A History of Chess

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Albéric O'Kelly de Galway

Albin Countergambit

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George Koltanowski

Grigory Levenfish

Győző Forintos

Gyula Breyer

Handbuch des Schachspiels

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The Oxford Companion to Chess is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the game from the earliest myths describing the game's invention right up to recent World Championship competitions. For the second edition, all entries have been scrutinized, revised, and updated, maintaining the book'sreputation for authority and accuracy.* Over 2,500 entries covering named openings, laws, and strategies* Biographies of all the major figures* Embraces all branches of the game, including correspondence chess and other forms of telechess, and regional variations such as Chinese and Japanese chess, as well as various unorthodox forms * A host of topics such as computers and chess, philately and chess, and the representation of the gamein literature, art, theatre, and film

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