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Nathan Joseph Divinsky
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 1945 to 1966
Overall record: +15 -7 =12 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(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 1950s and 1960s. From 1959 to 1974, Divinsky 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, Divinsky 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.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Divinsky vs H S Hegler 1-0371945Canadian ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
2. J Rauch vs N Divinsky  0-1521945Canadian ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. L H Neatby vs N Divinsky  0-1231945Canadian ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
4. J Belson vs N Divinsky  1-0401945Canadian ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
5. P Haley vs N Divinsky  0-1211945Canadian ChampionshipA28 English
6. F Yerhoff vs N Divinsky  ½-½371945Canadian ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. L Hall vs N Divinsky  0-1201945Canadian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. N Divinsky vs A Helman 1-0371945Canadian ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
9. N Divinsky vs Yanofsky  ½-½301945Canadian ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. N Divinsky vs W Holowach  1-0411945Canadian ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. N Divinsky vs L M Duval  ½-½321945Canadian ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
12. N Divinsky vs J M Taylor 1-0411945Canadian ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
13. N Divinsky vs M Fox  1-0651951Canadian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. R Hayes vs N Divinsky  0-1381951Canadian ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. W Holowach vs N Divinsky  ½-½501951Canadian ChampionshipA28 English
16. C F Millar vs N Divinsky  1-0871951Canadian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. P Vaitonis vs N Divinsky  1-0371951Canadian ChampionshipD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
18. F Yerhoff vs N Divinsky  ½-½391951Canadian ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. F Bohatirchuk vs N Divinsky 0-1421951Canadian ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
20. N Divinsky vs Yanofsky  0-1401951Canadian ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. N Divinsky vs J M Taylor 1-0361951Canadian ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. N Divinsky vs W Jursevskis  ½-½411951Canadian ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. N Divinsky vs F R Anderson 0-1631951Canadian ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
24. Reshevsky vs N Divinsky ½-½611954Simultaneous exhibition, 33bE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
25. N Divinsky vs U Cala  ½-½411954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-2A46 Queen's Pawn Game
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  whiteshark: Bio:
Oct-29-08  BIDMONFA: Nathan Joseph Divinsky

DIVINSKY, Nathan J. H.

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  whiteshark: Just 2 posting robots :D
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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 :)

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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%?
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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  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.


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


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


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.

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  wordfunph: rest in peace, master Divinsky..

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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": 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.:
I haven't seen it yet but I plan to get it soon!
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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

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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>


Aug-12-16  diagonal: Biography and Obituary by John William Donaldson, including a simul game from Divinsky played vs. Reshevsky at Winnipeg in 1954, annotated by Divinsky:

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