24 ( +1 | -1 ) Rounding up the usual suspectsEvery 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?
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.
41 ( +1 | -1 ) Candidate Master BogieThe 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).
163 ( +1 | -1 ) PGN gamesBelow 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.
86 ( +1 | -1 ) Bill Wall is the source of all chess knowledgeHere 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.
34 ( +1 | -1 ) AFRICAN AMERICAN GRAND MASTERSHave 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
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.
22 ( +1 | -1 ) richfeetMaurice 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").
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.
23 ( +1 | -1 ) BogartÍ have just run across a site with another alleged Bogart game: