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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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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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:18 am

I came across this thead while looking up some other information, and I was wondering if anyone out there knows where to find the games referred to by Leonard above, such as the Hastings Premier games and the game against Szabo?

I found the relevant collections on Chessgames (which has 19 of Horseman's games), but don't have the right set-up on this computer to see what Britbase has (I can see the Hastings games are there in the zip file for the 1950s, but am unsure how many of Horseman's games are on Britbase).

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=48041
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=79990

The Szabo game is indeed impressive:


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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by John Clarke » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:46 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:18 am
The Szabo game is indeed impressive
Another interesting example of this particular material balance/imbalance, the best known being Portisch-Fischer. Santa Monica 1966. Two rooks better than a queen, and bishop better than knight - right? Wrong! Just as Fischer demonstrated (and I found once to my cost), Q+N often work more harmoniously together than 2R+B. But of course it all depends on the position.
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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Paul Habershon » Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:30 am

Frank Rhoden, for several years the ebullient Hastings organiser, once told me that he had achieved a last minute coup to bring a youthful Bobby Fischer to the 10-player Premier. I assume this was 1956-57 when Fischer was 13. Frank claimed that the American was 'waiting at the airport', but he needed Derek Horseman to give up his place and accept a 'gold-plated' invitation for the following year (waiving the celebrated £4 entry fee perhaps?!).Frank was distinctly unhappy when Derek insisted on playing and the Fischer publicity value was lost.

It would be most unfair to criticise Derek because I have no idea of other relevant circumstances. No doubt his personal arrangements were fully in place, and perhaps other British players could have been asked to withdraw. I suppose as 'merely' winner of the Challengers, Derek was in the firing line.

As far as I know, that was the nearest Fischer got to playing at Hastings.

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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:36 pm

I can see an argument that the Challengers winner might be *more* entitled to insist on their place, rather than those who were "just" invited.
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Re: Derek Horseman (1931-2010)

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:42 pm

"I can see an argument that the Challengers winner might be *more* entitled to insist on their place, rather than those who were "just" invited."

True - he earned his place and maybe thought it would be his only chance? A nebulous promise of "next year" might not be appealing.

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