In 1965 GM Walter Oskar Fredrik
Hellman(1916-1975) won 7-1-27 from DEO at Stamford CT. GM Richard Hallett won from Derek 4-3-13 in an 11-Man Ballot World
Title Match in 1986 and drew 2-2-16 3-Move match with him in 1985. Master Richard Lee Fortman (1915-2008) who was the World
Postal Champion (in 1980,1986 & 1990) beat DEO 5-3-16 in 8 games postal matches in 1987 & 1989. In 1992 Oldbury was
the contender to GM Ronald King (b.1955,Barbados) for the World GAYP Title. The match was drawn 5-5-14 so King retained the
title. In 1965 Derek played the IBM 7094 computer with Arthur Lee
Samuel ( 1901-1990,USA) program and won all 4 games by mail. In 1966 he played 4 games against the Samuel Checkers program
and won all of them. In 1982 he played 2 games versus Borcheck (Destiny Inc TX) and drew them both. In 1989 Chinook program
won from Derek 2-0-3 in the 1st Computer Olympiad at London. Chinook had its 4-piece database then. In 1992 Derek played versus
the Colossus programme by Martin Bryant(UK) and won overwhelming score 43-1-24! In 1994 Chinook, the strongest program ever, won from Derek 3-0-9. Chinook had a rating of 2816 (2814 according to some) at that time and was written by Jonathan
Herbert Schaeffer (b.1957) and his team of Artificial Intelligence specialists.
Derek Edward Oldbury was estimated 10th best player in history by Richard Lee Fortman, 6th best one by Yunior
Lopez and 7th best by GM Aleksandr Naumovich Moiseyev (b.1959).
Derek was the prolific author of books on draughts. His works include the following:
A Game of Draughts (1946-47, a journal).
Championship Draughts: Derek Oldbury V James Marshall for the
British MatchChampionship: The Sturges Trophy & Gold Medal & F100 Subscription Prize-Money,played at Edinburgh, August
8th-10th and Bristol, August 13th-16th,1955. (1956, in co-authorship).
Checker Game Score (19??), 10 pages.
Championship Draughts: Derek Oldbury V Samuel Cohen for the English
3-Move Championship and Subscription F75 Prize-Money (1956, in co-authorship).
Frazier – Oldbury Non-Title Match Games: August 8th-12th
(1964), 6 pages.
The Hand of D.E.O.:
a selection of problems,critical positions and end-games (1947), 43 pages.
1950: Scottish Draughts Championship, Aberdeen (1950, in co-authorship).
Move over, or how to win at Draughts (1957).
International Draughts and Checkers (1959, in co-authorship).
The Square World (1965,1966,1967).
World Checkers Championship : Hellman versus Oldbury (1965), limited
Checker Chiaroscuro (1966).
The Students' Encyclopaedia of Draughts (1978).
The Complete Encyclopaedia of Checkers in 6 volumes (1978-83).
On the Record: In 1958 the 5th game in London for the World Title between Dr Marion
Tinsley (USA) and Derek Oldbury (UK) lasted for 7,5 hours. (The Guinness Book of World Records, 1988). The game was drawn.
Derek was cremated and buried at Torquay Cemetery on Thursday 14th July of 1994.
This biography was written on 22nd of December 2012.
Special thanks to John Brian Reade (UK) for preparing this work and Dave Jowsey (UK), crematorium
attendant of Torquay Cemetery. Also Vadim Vasilenko (Russia, technical sciences candidate) for finding in 1998 the small text
file about Derek and his Encyclopaedia.
Without the people named below it would not have been possible:
1.GM Richard Clare Beckwith (USA).
2.Martin Bryant, the Colossus draughts programmer (UK).
3.Edward 'Pal' Bucker (USA).
4. Ian Henry Caws (UK).
5. M Richard Lee Fortman (USA).
6. Jay Hinnershitz (USA).
7. Bob Newell (USA).
8. Nick McBride (UK).
9. Alan Millhone (USA)
10. Jim Loy(USA).
11. IGM Derek Edward Oldbury (UK).
12.GM Richard James Pask (UK).
13. John Brian Reade (UK).
14. Betty A Solomon, Derek's private secretary (UK).
15. IM William Stephens (Ireland).
16. Dr Jonathan Herbert Schaeffer (Canada).
17. Roberto Waldteufel, the Wyllie draughts programmer (UK).
18. GM Hugh G. Devlin (Ireland).
19. IM Lindus John Edwards (Wales).
Sites are used to:
Chinook programme ww.webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~chinook
3. The EDA www.englishdraughts.co.uk
4. North Carolina Checker Association www.nccheckers.org
Online Museum of Checkers History www.online-museum-of-checkers-history.com
Wyllie Checkers Program www.wylliedraughts.com
Derek and his family photographs: