LONDON (AP) _ Terence Reese, one of the finest players in the history of bridge who wrote or co-authored 83 books on the card game, has died. He was 82.

Reese died Wednesday at his home at the coastal resort of Hove, 40 miles south of London, British newspapers said. No cause of death was stated and funeral arrangements were not provided.

Reese and his bridge partner, Boris Schapiro, were the anchor pair in the British teams that won the European Championships in 1948, 1949, 1954 and 1963.

In 1955 they won the Bermuda Bowl Championship, the world's top event, in New York.

Reese, who was educated at Oxford, was named World Pair Champion in 1961 and 1962. He won the Gold Cup _ Britain's senior challenge _ eight times and the Master Pairs seven times.

His mastery of the game led many to rank him as the world's best player.

But in 1965, he and Schapiro, now bridge correspondent for the London newspaper The Sunday Times, made headlines around the world when they were accused of cheating at the Bermuda Bowl Championship that year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the biggest sensation in the history of the game, the World Bridge Association ruled they had used illegal finger signals in their bidding. Reese and Schapiro insisted they were innocent.

Reese's books include ``Reese on Bridge'' (1948) and ``The Expert Game'' (1958) _ both considered classics on the game.

Reese was bridge correspondent for the London paper The Observer since 1950 and for 12 years hosted a BBC radio bridge program, ``Bridge on the Air.''

In 1970 he married Alwyn Sherrington, who survives him.