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Paolo Boi (1528–1598) was an Italian chess player. He is considered to have been one of the greatest chess players of the 16th century.

Paolo Boi
Full namePaolo Boi
Country Italy
Syracuse, Italy
Died1598 (aged c. 70)
Naples, Italy

He was born in Syracuse, Sicily (now Italy) and died in Naples. Historian H. J. R. Murray says he was poisoned by jealous rivals. Other sources say he caught a cold when hunting and died as a result of it. BOI BOI


  • Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), "Boi, Paolo", The Oxford Companion to Chess (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-280049-3

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