Richard Hopkins

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Birthday
22, 1863
Birthplace
Arkansas
Death Date
Jul 10, 1924 (61)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
22, 1863
Birthplace
Arkansas
Death Date
Jul 10, 1924 (61)

About

One of the first recognized chess prodigies in the world, who is perhaps best known for innovating the Hopkins Gambit.

Before Fame

His father, a Baptist minister, used his son to hustle grown men in chess competitions.

Trivia

It is rumored that he learned to play on a chess board that formerly belonged to George Washington.

Family Life

His father was a minister and his mother a shopkeeper.

Associated With

He was a Rough Rider under the command of Theodore Roosevelt.