Selection of studies composed by

Timothy George Whitworth

(England, 31.7.1932 - 17.4.2019)


At the BDS website of Brian Stephenson there is an interesting article about him which reports:

"... Although he is a composer of endgame studies, Timothy is also well known as the editor of three high quality collections of the work of study composers of a earlier era.

His anthologies of the work of Leonid Kubbel (1984, revised 2004),

Hermanis Matisons (1987, revised 1997) and

The Platov Brothers (1994)

are the definitive works in English (and probably other languages) on those composers.

As well as being works of great scholarship (very few editors attempt to personally verify the source of every quoted composition) these books also have first-class production qualities.

These books satisfy the mind and they look and feel good too.

Another anthology edited by Timothy was The Best of Bent (1993), a selection of the work of that most prolific of British study composers, Mike Bent.

As you would expect, it is of the same high quality as his other work. ... " 

Timothy has written a lot of articles, many of them when he was the Studies columnist for the British Chess Magazine from 1988 to 1995.

He has also collaborated in producing books about endgame studies, as shown below:

He wrote the Arves book of the year 1991 about Gulyaev / Grin.

He wrote Endgame Magic with John Beasley 1996.


Recently, in October 2017, a second edition was issued.

It contains 160 studies (20 new ones) with extensive commentary. 192 pages.

After an Introduction the book has 3 parts with in total 17 chapters.

The chapters show studies with themes:

"Winning material", "Giving mate", "Creating stalemate", "Racing to promote", "Fighting to promote", "Perpetual harassment", 

"Losing the move", "Underpromotion", "Decoys and diversions", "Shielding and obstruction", "Fortress and blockade",

"Corresponding squares", "Echoes and repetitions", "Cut and thrust", "Frolics and fantasies" and "The grand manner".


He also made a booklet with 20 of his best studies.


In the  Magazine "Guardian", published on 3. July 2019 we can read about him:

"The son of Phoebe (nee May) and George Whitworth, he was born in Radwinter, Essex, where his father was the vicar.

Timothy attended Marlborough college and then studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1955.


(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden database V (31-12-2015) )