A Humphrey Bogart postcard regarding a game of chess played during the filming of Casablanca
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A Humphrey Bogart postcard regarding a game of chess played during the filming of Casablanca
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A Humphrey Bogart postcard regarding a game of chess played during the filming of Casablanca
A Humphrey Bogart postcard regarding a game of chess played during the filming of Casablanca
Autograph postcard signed ("H. Bogart"), 1 p, Los Angeles, postmarked June 8, 1942, to Irving Kovner of Brooklyn. With 8 x 10 in. still of Rick and Ugarte hovering over the chess game.
Provenance: Herman Darvick, June 9, 1988, lot 15. With pages from Darvick catalog and 4 pp article in UACC publication by Darvick, date unknown, explaining the game's relationship to the film.

The first view of Rick in his cafe shows him lingering over a solitary chess game, making moves for his opponent and himself. In January of 1942 Bogart entered into a game by mail with Irving Kovner, brother of a Warner Bros. employee; Bogie eventually sent Kovner 17 postcards and 2 letters in the pursuit of the game. Intriguingly, as Rick listens to Ugarte discuss the two German couriers and the transit papers, Bogart executes moves that appear in the correspondence offered here.

The postcard reads, "Dear Irving Kovner / You're too hot-headed--calm down! / My 6 move a bad one--think should have been BxB. / Now I'm in a jam. / However 8 knt-knt 5--Castle Kings side 9?" As Ugarte speaks, Bogart moves Kovner's white knight (according to Kovner's previous card) and then, as this card indicates, castles his king.
3 1/2 by 5 in.
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