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Update: 12-12-2017:


Jubilee issue Finales Y Temas 100 !!


Page about Whitworth, Timothy 1932 extended with Picture and many of his studies.


Recently, in October 2017, the second edition of the book Endgame Magic, which he wrote with John Beasley 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 certain themes, such as:

"Winning material", "Losing the move", "Underpromotion", "Fortress and blockade" or "Echoes and repetitions".


Thank you for visiting this website which had 172.000 visitors over the last 12 months!


26 EG PDF files have improved quality.

Harold van der Heijden has corrected some problems (e.g. missing pages) in the PDF-files of the following EG issues:
8, 12, 27, 44, 48, 56, 74, 93, 98, 102-1, 106-1, 106-2, 109, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 122, 124, 124-supplement, 125, 134, 136, 138, 153.

You may download these NEW files from: EG numbers 1 to 190 PDF+


Interesting new books about Endgames or with Endgamestudies.

Yochanan Afek has written: Extreme Chess Tactics, where he uses many endgame studies as examples:

The Belgium Thinkers Publishing issues very high quality chess books. Also about endgames, like:



5 new tournament announcements (see: Tournament Calendar)

and 2 new award results available (see: Awards ).


EG 210 issue available.

Below the interesting content and also information about the Solving contest in Wijk aan Zee

along the traditional Grandmaster Tata tournament. See also: Agenda

The supplement contains the translated Awards to English.


Data Download limit and Data Storage limits upgraded.

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New issue of the Argentinian studymagazine by

José A. Copié (PDF in spanish): “Finales Y Temas 99” 


Presentation of a study by GM Niclas Huschenbeth on YouTube with Martin Minski


More than 40 new PDF files of magazine EG (8 years) are added !!.

Thanks to Harold van der Heijden and Luc Palmans.

See article: EG numbers 1 to 190 PDF+


This websites has more than 1200 subpages .... !! with:

More than 500 PDF files with articles or awards to view or download;

More than 400 PGN files with studies to download;

More than 650 pictures (mainly about composers);


WCCT-10 best studies at: 10th World Chess Composition Tournament 2015-2017 Preliminary.


Lewis Stller has provided many CQL 5.1 conversion codes to the older 3.02 examples. They are added to the pages here on Arves.

Because of the better CQL 5.1 he has improved many examples. Look for instance at: CQL Indian theme.


Since 24.06. there is the new Fide album list ready.
Huge congratulations to Richard Becker, new Grandmaster, Martin Minski, new International Master,
and Peter Krug a new Fide Master in Chess composition  !!!
Webmaster Peter Boll (left) congrats Martin Minski (right) with his new International Master title in Berlin.
These titles are officilally be awarded at the WFCC congress at Dresden.
Also Nikolai Ryabinin and Ladislav Salai are now Grandmaster
and Andrzej Jasik is FIDE master!!

WFCC List of most succesfull Endgame study composers 2013-2015.

Top 6:

1. Richard Becker

2. Oleg Pervakov

3. Martin Minski

4. Yuri Bazlov

5. Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen

6. Peter Krug


Study of the year 2015 

is decided !

The winning study is:

See also Study of the year 2015.


New Endgame study tournament announced Mark Dvoretsky MT with 1500 Euro Prize money.

See for details Tournament Calendar


Magnus Carlsen finished brilliantly with a study-like move in the 15th and last (rapid) game against Karjakin in NewYork 2016

on move 50 he played Qf4-h6+ !

(When 51... Kxh6 51.Rh8# or 51...gxh6 51.Rxf7#)

Vladislav Tarasiuk and Peter Krug have composed studies which are inspired on this finish.

Tarasiuk dedicates the study to Magnus Carlsen.

(More about: Tarasiuk, Vladislav 1968)


Peter Krug study has both mating concepts based on this finish in his creation:




More than 600 articles about Chess endgame study composers are available,

i.e. about Chess Queen Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1984.

or about the Polgar, Sisters 1969 1974 1976

They play very well chess but also created a few Endgame studies.


New article in menu Hall of Fame: Composers by Timeline, where you find 3 ordered lists of composers by Birthdate.



CQL 5.1 is the last release.

Look at: Chess Query Language 5


Twan Burg winner of the Arves Solving Wijk aan Zee 2017 contest.

GM Twan Burg and his wife WGM Nargiz Umudova

Photo: René Olthof


Gady Costeff and Lewis Stiller have announced Chess Query Language 5.

Now also available for Mac.

CQL 5.1 is NOT upwards compatible with previous versions.

So check older CQL to find out if they still work properly.

The articles and examples on Arves are still of previous version 3.02.


Studies in Informant 129 can be replayed here; Selected by Yochanan Afek


Page created to honour Stamma, Philipp 1705-1755,

one of the pioneers in writing about chess and born in Syria in the city ALEPPO !


Impression by Siegfried Hornecker of the

59th World Congress of Chess Composition

in Belgrado. See for more information WCCC2016


The WFCC has issued the 7th edition of the Handbook of Chess Composition.

This manual is both for Problem and Endgame study Composers.

Here the link to the website of WFCC to download the pdf.


José A. Copié dedicated this new study to Arves as an excellent Website ! Thanks !


WCCT 10 Entries 2016-2017 available


21-6-2016. CQL Obtrusive bishop finds 7 illegal startpositions, even back to positions from Liburkin and from 1920 !


18-6-2016 Chess Query Language pages of Gady Costeff and Lewis Stiller are copied into this website.

(See Menu Endgame studies or start at Chess Query Language)

The CQL examples given, where theme-queries are given, have been excuted on the Harold van der Heijden database 5

and some of the studies out of the results of each query are showed on these thematical pages. (See Sample files)

Thanks to new cql contributions of Gady Costeff more Theme-page are created, where the used CQL is showed with some study-examples.


14-06-2016: Peter Krug actively selects studies and corrects some of them, for many composers for which a page for each composer is created.

Thanks to these contributions there are now over 100 articles about Composers with some of their studies 

(see  menu Endgame Studies, Studies by Composer).

These composer-articles can also be found by the Biographical data Composers page.

New pages about composers with their studies are added regurlarly.


 The Arves website is completely redesigned with Joomla!

It will mainly be in english and members will be able to create articles.

Registered users will see more articles !

Any contributions are welcome !

Mail to webmaster This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Composers can send a PGN file with their best studies, which will be showed as easy replayable, see studies by composer.


A nice drawing made by Pia Sprong during the  Arves Solving in Wijk aan Zee 2016.



L. Prokes 1934

White plays and makes a draw!


More animated studies are found on this website. Look around...





Bone,W 1904

White plays and wins.


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