“Ruy Lopez” and the African Queen: Humphrey Bogart and the art of chess.

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By Robert Horvat and Sean Munger

Humphrey Bogart is one of the silver screen’s classic icons. Regarded by many as the best screen actor of all time, his stellar performances in movies like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen (for which he won an Academy Award) solidified his place in cinema history. But did you also know that he was an extremely accomplished chess player? The story of how he came to be one is almost as interesting as the history of his acting career.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the subsequent Depression that followed destroyed many fortunes and livelihoods. Unemployment was at staggering highs and it seemed that no one was immune to its grip, including the dizzy and glamorous world of Broadway theatre. Like many others who worked on Broadway, Humphrey Bogart had to look west for gainful employment…

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