A selection of studies composed by

 Jan Hendrik Marwitz

(Netherlands, 10.10.1915 - 6.12.1991).

His daughter Elly Marwitz contacted ARVES by finding this website.

The chess legacy of her father is given to ARVES.

Marwitz Jan

Jan Hendrik Marwitz was the most successful and best Dutch composer before the computer age.

He moved to Haarlem and became head of a primary school. Later he became a school inspector in Zwolle.

Although his opinions are sharp, he is respected for his expertise.

Marwitz played strongly over-the-board.

His interest in studies was aroused by the Russian books translated by Oskam.

In 1959, he became FIDE Judge of Chess Compositions.

In his judgement of the Thémes - 64, he mentions aesthetic effects, originality and economy as aspects of the study judge´s task.

He became Fide Master in Chess composition in 1990.


About his works:

His studies show a strong fighting spirit with sharp combinations.

His best studies have about ten men, but he has also composed fine miniatures and impressive romantic studies.

He participated in numerous tourneys for decades. His great works are published in his book "Eindspelkunst".

(Info taken: "Endgame study composing in the Netherlands and Flanders" by Jan van Reek & Henk van Donk)


(See also an article in EG202 about him) 

On German Wikipedia also some information about him.


Below some certificates of awards of him.



Certificate as a reward for the next study.


Marwitz,Jan 1958 [+0130.24c8c5]

Sadly the study was found incorrect later:



3rd prize Olympiad Tel Aviv 1964.


1966 Schakend Nederland.


Marwitz,Jan 1966 [=0800.21g7d5]
You find this study below as well:  1. Kg8! Rxb2

(1... Rbxb7 2. Rd1+)

(1... Kd4 2. Ra3 Rbxb7 3. Rd1+ Kc4 4. Rc3+)
2. Rd3+ Ke4

(2... Kc6 3. Rd2 Rbxb7 4. Rc1+ Kb5 5. Rb2+ Ka4 6. Rxa2+)

(2... Ke6 3. Re1+ Kf6 4. Rd6+ Kf5 5. Rd5+ Kf4 6. Rd4+ Kf3

7. Rd3+ Kf2 8. Rd2+ Kxe1 9. Rxb2 a1=Q 10. b8=Q Ra8 11. Rb1+)

3. Rxa2 Raxa2 4. Rd2 Kf3 5. Rc2 Ke3 6. Kh8 Kd3 7. Rf2 Kc4

8. Rc2+ Kd5 9. Kg8 Ke6 10. Kf8 1/2-1/2


1967 Basel



1st row: "Proletarians of all countries come together"

2nd row below logo: "Honory mention"

3rd row: "Award"



 This Arves-book was issued in 1991.


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

Harold van der Heijden (HHdbVI))