Nathan Divinsky

(1925-2012)

copyright 2008 by Nathan Divinsky

Mathematics Professor Emeritus 1991, University of British Columbia; runner-up Master Teacher Awards

Canadian Chess Hall of Fame 2001

Represented Canada at Olympiads (1954, 1966)

Mathematics Professor Emeritus 1991, University of British Columbia; Runner-up Master Teacher Awards

PhD. Mathematics 1950 at age 24; wrote two mathematics books: Rings and Radicals 1965, Linear Algebra 1975; produced math puzzles Discovery TV

Vancouver School Board member 1974-80; chairman 1978-80

Vancouver City Council alderman 1981-2

Part-owner, popular restaurant 'Bridges' established 1979 on Vancouver's Granville Island; editor, The Good Food Guide to Vancouver

Married 1972-83 to Kim Campbell, who became Canada's 19th Prime Minister 1993

CFC President 1954

FIDE Representative 1987-94

Editor, Canadian Chess Chat 1959-74 (except for 2 sabbaticals)

Radio, television commentator on chess

Author of Around the Chess World in 80 Years 1959, Warriors of the Mind (with Keene) 1989, The Chess Encyclopedia 1990, Life Maps of the Great Chess Masters 1994; provided game annotations for Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps by Felix Berkovich 2000

Bridge Life Master 1972; Canadian Bridge League's Contract Bridge Champion 1987

Plays piano; enjoys and has sung in opera, operetta, musicals

Owen Hindle - Nathan Divinsky, Olympiad, Havana, Cuba, Finals Round 5, 1966

Here is Nathan Divinsky's choice for his best game:

Fedor Bohatirchuk - Nathan Divinsky, Canadian Championship, Vancouver, British Columbia, Round 3, 1951

 

Sources: Warriors of the Mind by Nathan Divinsky and Raymond Keene, 1989; Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician, by Robert Fife, 1993, HarperCollins, p.33-55; Mensa Canada Society.

 

Contributor: Nathan Divinsky.

Copyright 2011. David Cohen.

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