Selection of studies composed by 

John Derek Beasley

(England, 15.2.1940 - 3.3.2024).

He was a mathematician.

At Chesscomposers Blogspot we can read:

John D. Beasley is a multi-faceted composer and author.
He has written a few books, such as "The Mathematics of Games",

,"The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire" or "Endgame Magic".

As far as chess problems are concerned, on the one hand,

he held for years an endgame studies column in French magazine "diagrammes"

and he also edited by himself an endgame magazine "British Endgame Study News" (BESN),

of which all issues can be downloaded from his website.


He wrote an excellent book about Artur Mandler's studies, "Depth and Beauty" and another,

more recent one about the endgame studies of Richard Réti.

On the other hand, he is also interested in fairy chess variants and fairy problems.

He was one of the editors of the Chess Variants magazine, of which all issues can be downloaded from George P. Jelliss' website.

He also wrote "51 Flights of Chess Fancy", a booklet about Progressive Chess and works about Losing Chess endgames.

He usually composed well-pointed studies or problems.


John had an interesting website with a lot of Endgamestudy articles

A bit more information about him on the french Wikipedia, BDS and ChessComposersBlogspot


His latest book issued in 2023:

Book review: A Book of Bedtime Pawn Endings


A endgamebook he wrote (with Timothy Whitworth) in 1996:

 You can read this book for free online here.


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 certain themes, like i.e. :

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


And he wrote the Arves book "Depth and Beauty" (2003) about studies of Artur Mandler:

 On his website you can find this book completely scanned !!


In 2022 he published:

 Some more information about him at Wikidata and French Wikipedia.

A list of his publications at Data Bnf.

(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))