Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

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Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by John Saunders » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:29 pm

I've just been given some sad news by Paul Timson. Derek Horseman has died.

Derek Geoffrey Horseman (6 May 1931 - 18 March 2010).

Paul comments that "Derek was a strong player particularly in the 1950s. He competed in the Hastings Premier of 1956/7 (where he defeated Penrose and Alexander) having won the Challengers the year before. He also competed in four British Championships (1954, 1956, 1957 and 1958) scoring 6 points on each occasion." His current grade was 184 and he was based in Southport.

Paul sent a link to an obituary notice in the Coventry Telegraph (http://www.bmdsonline.co.uk/3749118) which has funeral details as well:
Coventry Telegraph wrote:HORSEMAN Derek Geoffrey 18th March 2010 In hospital, after a short illness, aged 78 years. Dearest husband of Theresa; much loved father of Anne, Marie and Sarah; loving Grandad to John, Mary, Gerard, Patrick and Francesca. Requiem Mass at Holy Family RC Church, Brompton Road, Southport on Monday 29th March at 12.15pm. Family flowers only by request, but masses for Derek and donations for CAFOD and Oxfam are being received by the family (http://www.just giving.co.uk/ derekhorsemanoxfam or http://www.just giving.co.uk/ derekhorsemancafod) All enquiries to Gibb's Funeral Directors, Clarence Mews, 6a Clarence Road, Southport. PR8 4BH. Tel 01704 551666.
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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by John Saunders » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:34 pm

I might have added that, as recently as 2008, Derek was the joint British Under 175 Champion and the British U18 Champion in 1948.
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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by James Pratt » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:16 pm

I think he was a monk; maybe I'm wrong.. :oops:

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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:06 pm

James Pratt wrote:I think he was a monk; maybe I'm wrong.. :oops:
I vaguely recall reading in an old CHESS magazine that he was giving up (or at least cutting back) on chess in order to enter the priesthood, so you might not be far out :wink:
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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Leonard Barden » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:05 pm

Derek as I knew him was a gentle, friendly and perennially good-humoured young man who honed his skills with the successful Oxford University teams of the 1950s. He was a sharp and inventive player with creative ideas, and while at Oxford improved his game from aound 200 strength to near-IM level. When he qualified for the Hastings Premier he was widely expected to be outclassed but didn't allow himself to be overawed and had an excellent result given the quality of the opposition which included Larsen, Gligoric and Olafsson. The game which stands out in my memory is his draw with Szabo, then an active world title candidate close to the height of his powers. Playing Black, Derek swung a mighty mid-game tactic which had the great man fighting to hold the draw.

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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Anne Varney » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:09 pm

Derek was my Dad and he loved his chess to the end. He taught my 4 children to play and took the youngest two to play with him in Liverpool at the British championships in Liverpool in 2008. There he was joint winner of the Under 175 section. He didn't think he was senior enough for the seniors! He taught a chess club at my children's Primary School until recently and also coached the 'Kings' in the Junior Chess club at Southport where my 2 youngest play. He was very fit and active and enjoyed accompanying his Grandchildren to tournaments. He went on holiday to Spain in January with my mother to escape the horrible weather. Whilst there he played chess with staff at the complex and with a local team in Fueringurola! He was suddenly taken ill with septicemia and was in hospital in the Costa del Sol until he was transfered by Air Ambulance to Southport where he died. Although he never was a priest or monk, he had a deep faith. He was a maths lecturer ,then an Education Adviser until he retired. R.I.P.

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