Actor Humphrey Bogart was an avid chess player, often playing on set between takes. During World War II, he played correspondence chess with members of the military posted overseas or in hospitals. The FBI intercepted this mail and thought he was sending secret codes to Europe.

Humphrey Bogart and Chess

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on January 23, 1899 in New York City. He was the son of a noted Manhattan surgeon. His mother was was a popular illustrator.

Humphrey probably learned chess in 1912. His father taught him chess during their stay at their summer home in Canandaigua Lake, near Rochester, New York.

He played chess with other chess players in 1913 when he visited the chess clubs in New York City. Bogart attended Phillips Academy in preparation for medical school. He was later expelled from school (perhaps spending too much time playing chess instead of studying).

In 1918 he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was called to active service, but World War I was nearly over.

After his discharge from the Navy in 1…
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