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Derek Oldbury (1924 - July, 1994) (often known as DEO) was a British draughts champion from Devon. He was a rival of Marion Tinsley. Oldbury was interested in Go As You Please (GAYP) draughts, in which players are free to choose their own opening moves.

He has contested in 7 world championship matches and has come out as the champion in 1976, 1976 (GAYP) and 1991 (3-move).

Oldbury was born paraplegic. He wrote the 6-volume The Complete Encyclopaedia of Draughts.


  • Move Over - online book by Derek Oldbury, an excellent introduction to draughts
  • The Unknown DEO - 62 draughts columns by Oldbury for the Rotherham Advertiser


Adapted from the Wikipedia article, Derek Oldbury,, used under the GNU Free Documentation License.