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Nathan Joseph Divinsky
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1945 to 1966
Overall record: +9 -2 =6 (70.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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NATHAN JOSEPH DIVINSKY
(born Oct-29-1925, died Jun-16-2012, 86 years old) Canada

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Nathan Joseph Harry Divinsky was a Canadian master and mathematician. He played an important role in chess organization in Canada during the 1950's and 1960's. From 1959 to 1974 he was editor of Canadian Chess Chat and in 1987 became Canada's FIDE representative. He was also an author of note.

In 1946 and 1952, he won the Manitoba championship. In 1959, he tied 1st-4th with John Kegel, Daniel Abraham Yanofsky & Harry Yanofsky in the Manitoba open. He was 3rd= in the Canadian Championship of 1945 and represented Canada as Captain in the Olympiads of Amsterdam 1954 and Havana 1966.

Wikipedia article: Nathan Divinsky


 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Divinsky vs W Holowach  1-041 1945 CAN-chD04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. N Divinsky vs A Helman 1-037 1945 CAN-chC19 French, Winawer, Advance
3. N Divinsky vs L Duval  ½-½32 1945 CAN-chB54 Sicilian
4. N Divinsky vs J M Taylor  1-041 1945 CAN-chC42 Petrov Defense
5. N Divinsky vs Yanofsky  ½-½30 1945 CAN-chD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. N Divinsky vs H Hegler 1-037 1945 CAN-chC55 Two Knights Defense
7. N Divinsky vs W Jursevskis  ½-½41 1951 CAN-chB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. N Divinsky vs J M Taylor 1-036 1951 CAN-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. N Divinsky vs Yanofsky  0-140 1951 CAN-chD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. F Bohatirchuk vs N Divinsky 0-142 1951 VancouverC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. N Divinsky vs F R Anderson 0-163 1951 CAN-chE46 Nimzo-Indian
12. N Divinsky vs D Fox  1-065 1951 CAN-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. N Divinsky vs Ugo Cala  ½-½41 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men) pre-IIA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. N Divinsky vs Yanofsky  ½-½15 1959 Manitoba opB06 Robatsch
15. N Divinsky vs A Lahti  ½-½69 1966 La Habana ol (Men) fin-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. N Divinsky vs J Chiaramonti  1-039 1966 La Habana ol (Men) fin-BC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. N Divinsky vs S Smiltiner  1-061 1966 La Habana ol (Men) fin-BC77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan...
Oct-29-08  BIDMONFA: Nathan Joseph Divinsky

DIVINSKY, Nathan J. H.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/divinsky_na...
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Oct-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Just 2 posting robots :D
Oct-29-08
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  johnlspouge: I received my BSc in mathematics from the same Math department, at University of British Columbia, and his daughter Mimi (truly a wonderful person) was in the same medical class (UBC '79).

It's a small world.

...a 3rd posting robot :)

Oct-29-08
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  Ron: http://www.genealogy.ams.org/id.php...

4th posting robot

Feb-18-09
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  Tabanus: http://www.chessbc.ca/nd.html
Oct-29-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Nathan Joseph Divinsky!!!
Oct-29-09  Moonstone: Almost the same lifetime percentage record as Bobby Fischer! Happy Birthday!
Oct-29-09  WhiteRook48: was Fischer's 75%?
Oct-29-11
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

I robot

Oct-29-11  number 23 NBer: You notice he only has one game as black here? That seems odd.
Oct-29-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: This sample is hardly exhaustive.
Oct-29-11  Sho: Fine name for pun of the day: "Divine Intervention" or "Divinity" (around Christmas time).

Which game?

Jun-18-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Nathan Divinsky passed away at the weekend.

RIP

Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: RIP, Nathan Divinsky.

LTJ

Jun-18-12  SimonWebbsTiger: A game which could be uploaded to the cg.com database can be found in the following obituary:

http://stevegiddinschessblog.blogsp...

Jun-18-12  Cibator: Dr Divinsky, as he then was, came and delivered a lecture at my north London chess club one time in the mid-70s (when BTW he was still married to the future - but sadly very short-term - Canadian PM Kim Campbell).

A memorable evening, full of wit and humour. One of the games he presented to us was

Marshall vs Lasker, 1914
where we see Lasker deploying the kind of set-up that would become very popular about 30-40 years later, but which was regarded in 1914 as highly unorthodox.

The other game the good doctor showed us was
Janowski vs Ed Lasker, 1924
which he turned into a real chess shaggy-dog story. I'll never forget his comment as he made the final moves on the demo board: " ... and the game's drawn. SORRY!"

RIP, Nathan.

Jun-19-12
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  wordfunph: rest in peace, master Divinsky..

http://www.fide.com/component/conte...

Jun-19-12
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  eternaloptimist: It's sad that divinsky died a few days ago but for me he will be remembered for co-authoring (w/ GM Keene) the book "warriors of the mind" in 1989. Divinsky was the mathematician that Keene chose to come up w/ a system for determining the best chess players of all time. Some people think they were biased in the book...perhaps so...still I think it's a very good book! Here is a link for different methods for comparing the best chess players in history. Choose for yourself which is the best. I personally like sonas' chessmetrics the best! Look under "statistical methods": http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comp... There is also a book "who was the strongest? - warriors of the mind 2" that came out in 2006. Keene & divinsky again were the authors but this time they included sonas to help them.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/18438...
I haven't seen it yet but I plan to get it soon!
Jun-20-12
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  wordfunph: "Machines can certainly solve the mysteries of chess. As soon as this happens the game will vanish. It will become another mathematical theorem locked away in a cold book. Few will look at the body as it is buried. Few will know the details of the inhuman calculation. They will only know that a good and warm friend has perished."

- Nathan Joseph Divinsky

Oct-29-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

RIP

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