Krabbé was born in Amsterdam. His writing has appeared in most major periodicals in the Netherlands. Once a competitive cyclist, he is known to Dutch readers for his novel De Renner (The Rider), first published in 1978 and translated into English in 2002, of which The Guardian's Matt Seaton wrote: "Nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing". English readers know him primarily for The Vanishing (Dutch: Spoorloos, literally: "Traceless" or "Without a Trace"), the translation of his 1984 novel Het Gouden Ei (The Golden Egg), which was made into an acclaimed 1988 Dutch film for which Krabbé co-wrote a script. A poorly received American remake was made in 1993. In 1997 he published De grot, translated as The Cave and published in the U.S. in 2000. In 2009, he wrote the "Boekenweekgeschenk", called Een Tafel vol Vlinders.
Krabbé is a strong chess player who competed in two Dutch Chess Championships in 1967 and 1971. He maintains a chess website, and is renowned for his writings on the subject, in particular on chess problems; for instance, one of his publications is devoted to the Babson task. Krabbé once authored a chess puzzle which featured a rook castling vertically (see joke chess problem), before this move was specifically disallowed. His FIDE rating is 2274.
His father was the painter Maarten Krabbé (1908–2005) and his mother the Jewish film translator Margreet Reiss. He is the brother of actor Jeroen Krabbé and the multimedia artist/designer Mirko Krabbé, and the uncle of Martijn Krabbé, a Dutch media personality.
- Seaton, Matt (30 June 2005). "Matt Seaton's top 10 books about cycling". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Krabbé, Tim (1986). De man die de Babson task wilde maken. Nova Zembla. ISBN 9070711117.
- Kavalek, Lubomir (17 November 2011). "Joys of Chess: From Krabbé to Hesse | Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Official website (in Dutch)
- "Chess Curiosities".
Open Chess Diary updated only occasionally after April 2009, many other sections last updated much earlier
- "Chess Curiosities".
- Tim Krabbé, rating at FIDE
- Tim Krabbé player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- van Erikweijers, Berichten (Sep 29, 2011). "Krabbé's random word". Review of The Rider (in Dutch).
The word: Batüwü Griekgriek [Battoowoo Greekgreek]
- Tuohey, Robert T. "Chessville Plays 20 Questions with Tim Krabbé". Chessville. Archived from the original on January 30, 2005.