I heard yesterday that Nathan Divinsky has died at the age of 87. I met him during the World Championship in London in 1986 and remember him as a warm hearted and fun person who was a wonderful ambassador for the game. One of the highlights of his London visit was when he pretty much took over Terry Wogan’s television show and was immediately invited back by the jovial Irish DJ.
I can’t remember anyone ever producing such good PR for its chess and its aficionados, all too often we end up represented by rather spiky and unlovable characters. Chess should be fun, in fact it has to be for anyone to want to devote a serious amount of time to it. And this is an important lesson for the chess improver.
Here’s an entertaining Divinsky effort from the 1945 Canadian Championship.