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nottop 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Rounding up the usual suspects Every Christmas my wife and I watch our favorite movie - Casablanca.
I''ve heard that H. Bogart was a chess players - used to play all the time on the set. Does anybody know how good he was? Are there any of his games saved through time?

muppyman 19 ( +1 | -1 )
nottop, chessgames.com has an article on this with four of his games, 2 wins 2 losses shown. :) a google search brings it up in less than a second to save searching all through chessgames .com.
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fmgaijin 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Candidate Master Bogie The word on Bogart when he was hustling chess in New York City as a young man was that he wasn't quite master level but a solid 2000-level player with good tactical skill. It was his own idea to help establish Rick's character in "Casablanca" via the chess scene, and the set and board in the movie were his own and the positions seen are real positions (vs. some chess inaccuracies in various movies).
bucklehead 163 ( +1 | -1 )
PGN games Below are the four Bogart PGN games I could find--it's possible there are more. He loses to the strong professional George Koltankowski and Belgian champion Paul Limbos, but neither is a walkover (though I must say it's odd that both are exchange French). I think the most remarkable thing is the fight Lauren Bacall puts up against Bogart--she's got a real advantage late in the middlegame, and could have won but for a fatal miscalculation.

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[Event "?"]
[Site "San Francisco"]
[Date "1952.??.??"]
[White "Koltanowski,George "]
[Black "Bogart,Humphrey "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[Round "?"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. Ne2 Bg4 6. O-O Bd6 7. f3 Be6
8. Bf4 O-O 9. Nd2 Nc6 10. c3 Ne7 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. f4 c5 13. Nf3 Nf5 14. Qd2 Ne4
15. Qc1 Rac8 16. dxc5 Qxc5+ 17. Ned4 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Rc7 19. f5 Bd7 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Qf4 Re8
22. Rae1 Re5 23. Rxe4 Rxe4 24. Qxe4 Bc6 25. Qe3 Re7 26. Qg3 Re8 27. f6 g6 28. Qh4 h5
29. Re1 Rxe1+ 30. Qxe1 Qd6 31. Nxc6 Qxc6 32. Qe7 Qc8 33. h3 Qc6 34. b4 Qxc3 35. Qe8+ Kh7
36. Qxf7+ Kh6 37. Qe7 Qc1+ 38. Kf2 Qf4+ 39. Ke2 Qc4+ 40. Kf3 Kg5 41. f7+ 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "Africa"]
[Date "1951.??.??"]
[White "Limbos,P "]
[Black "Bogart,Humphrey "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[Round "?"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Nge2 O-O 7. O-O c6
8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Ng3 Qc7 10. Nh5 Nxh5 11. Qxh5 g6 12. Qh6 f5 13. Rfe1 Nb6 14. Re2 Bd7
15. Be7 Bxe7 16. Rxe7 Rf7 17. Rxf7 Kxf7 18. Qxh7+ Kf6 19. Re1 Qd6 20. g4 Rd8 21. f4 g5
22. h4 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1951.??.??"]
[White "Bogart,Humphrey "]
[Black "Bacall,L "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C60"]
[Round "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. c4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Bxc3+
8. bxc3 Qd6 9. a4 Bd7 10. Ba3 Qf6 11. Qe2 Nge7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Nxe5 Bxg2
15. Rg1 Bh3 16. Rg3 Be6 17. d4 c6 18. d5 cxd5 19. cxd5 Bxd5 20. c4 Be6 21. Re3 f6
22. Nd3 Kf7 23. Nf4 Rae8 24. Nxe6 Qb4+ 25. Kf1 Re7 26. Re1 Rhe8 27. Nd8+ Kf8 28. Rxe7 Rxe7
29. Qxe7+ Qxe7 30. Rxe7 Kxe7 31. Nxb7 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "USA"]
[Date "1933.??.??"]
[White "Bogart,Humphrey "]
[Black "NN "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[Round "?"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 Nxg4 3. f3 Nf6 4. e4 d6 5. Be3 g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Qd2 Nc6
8. O-O-O O-O 9. Bd3 e5 10. d5 Nb4 11. Bc4 a5 12. a3 Na6 13. h4 Nh5 14. Nge2 f5
15. Bg5 Bf6 16. f4 exf4 17. Nxf4 Nxf4 18. Qxf4 fxe4 19. Bh6 Re8 20. Nxe4 Bg7 21. Bxg7 Kxg7
22. h5 Bf5 23. hxg6 Bxg6 24. Qh6+ Kg8 25. Rdg1 Qe7 26. Rxg6+ hxg6 27. Qh8+ Kf7 28. Rh7+ 1-0

i_play_slowly 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Perhaps apocraphyl... I've read that Bogart, as part of his contribution to the war effort, agreed to play correspondence chess against any G.I. who challenged him.
nottop 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks all Thanks all for your help. I think you can find almost anything about chess by posting at gameknot.

bucklehead 86 ( +1 | -1 )
Bill Wall is the source of all chess knowledge Here is an article -> www.geocities.com from Bill Wall's massive page of chess links (-> www.geocities.com that discusses Bogart's love of chess at length. There's a lot in there that may indeed be apocryphal, but the details about his acting as a tournament director for the USCF and other such specifics have the ring of truth.

Check this out: -> www.chessdryad.com There's also an article (-> www.chessdryad.com about the PanAmerican Chess Congress Bogart helped sponsor.

richfeet 34 ( +1 | -1 )
AFRICAN AMERICAN GRAND MASTERS Have there ever been African American Grand Masters in chess here in the U.S.A. and did anyone see the chess movie on a+e knights of the south bronx. i enjoyed the movie which is based on a true story it shows how chess can help young people in varios ways a nice flick- i enjoyed this movie
richfeet 12 ( +1 | -1 )
play it again Bogart!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its nice to know one of my favorite actors of all time was such and avid chess fan great minds think alike.
bucklehead 22 ( +1 | -1 )
richfeet Maurice Ashley springs immediately to mind -> www.mauriceashley.com

He's no Bogart, but he's got a good screen presence (<--transparent attempt to cover by "staying on topic").
spurtus 38 ( +1 | -1 )
I've tried to play his opening a few time the Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.g4).. abbreviates to 'GW' for convienience in my circle of chess buddies.... its a nice opening that has potential for aggressive play from start to finish so I am told although I struggle to play it!

It really ought to be looked at if you've never heard of it, cos its actually quite a nice offbeat opening if played right.

Spurtus
naamloos 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Bogart have just run across a site with another alleged Bogart game:

-> www.geocities.com