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Dionisio M Martinez
Number of games in database: 69
Years covered: 1874 to 1892
Overall record: +16 -38 =15 (34.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-26-1837, died Mar-11-1928, 90 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Dion Martinez emigrated from Cuba ca. 1873-1875 and settled in Philadelphia, where he in 1885 became the first president of the Franklin Chess Club. His son Charles S Martinez (1868-1941) also played chess.*

Wikipedia article: Dion Martinez *

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 69  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mason vs D M Martinez 1-0251874Philadelphia m2C25 Vienna
2. D M Martinez vs J Mason 1-0461874Philadelphia m2C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. D M Martinez vs J Mason 1-0381874MatchC42 Petrov Defense
4. J Mason vs D M Martinez 0-1401875Philadelphia mC48 Four Knights
5. H Davidson vs D M Martinez  ½-½6118764th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
6. D M Martinez vs H Davidson ½-½7218764th American Chess CongressA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
7. D M Martinez vs J Mason 0-14218764th American Chess CongressA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. J Mason vs D M Martinez 1-02718764th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
9. D M Martinez vs Mackenzie 1-0231880PhiladelphiaC49 Four Knights
10. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0561882Philadelphia m1C00 French Defense
11. D M Martinez vs Steinitz  0-1341882Philadelphia m1C70 Ruy Lopez
12. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0441882Philadelphia m1C30 King's Gambit Declined
13. D M Martinez vs Steinitz 0-1531882Philadelphia m1C70 Ruy Lopez
14. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0591882Philadelphia m1C30 King's Gambit Declined
15. D M Martinez vs Steinitz 0-1211882PhiladelphiaC51 Evans Gambit
16. Steinitz vs D M Martinez  1-0381882MatchC28 Vienna Game
17. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 0-1581882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
18. Steinitz vs D M Martinez ½-½741882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
19. D M Martinez vs Steinitz ½-½811882Philadelphia m2C70 Ruy Lopez
20. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0691882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
21. D M Martinez vs Mackenzie  ½-½421883New York-Philadelphia mC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. D M Martinez vs Steinitz 0-1301883PhiladelphiaC45 Scotch Game
23. Steinitz vs D M Martinez  1-0331884PhiladelphiaC25 Vienna
24. Zukertort vs D M Martinez 1-0411884PhiladelphiaC51 Evans Gambit
25. D G Baird vs D M Martinez 1-03818896th American Chess CongressC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 69  PGN Download
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Jan-05-11  Shams: Is nothing known about this fellow? I'd imagine he's the best pre-Capa Cuban.
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  Tabanus: Some of the games here may be by his son Charles S Martinez.

Here is the family in Philadelphia 1880:

Dionisio Martinez 42
Carlota Martinez 36
Dionisio M. Martinez 13
Charles S. Martinez 12
Isabel M. Martinez 11
Benjiman Y. Martinez 8
Fermina F. Martinez 7
Maria T. Martinez 5
Ignacio J. Martinez 2

Not sure if Dionisio Jr. also played chess.

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  Tabanus: In a letter letter from Steinitz (copied from the "Steinitz letters" p. 42) 1883:

<Respecting the Chess Monthly it is very shabby that they do not distinctly mention that Mr. Martinez has in reality beaten both Messrs Mackenzie and Mason.>

His match and tournament data is perhaps best seen here:

Mar-11-16  zanzibar: According to Shipley, he first appeared in 1874, having come from Cuba where he had recently defeated Golmayo for the island's championship.

Shipley mentions the Centennial Tournament (1876), saying only that Martinez dropped out after losing two to Mason, and drawing two against Davidson.

I've seen other reports that he dropped out due to an illness in his family.

For the source of this info, and his claim of being responsible for bringing Steinitz to the US, see here:

Wilhelm Steinitz (kibitz #1143)

(Another strong Mexican/Cuban player near that period was A.C. Vazquez, who supposedly published Capablanca's first game from Capa's childhood).

May-14-16  zanzibar: This guy?

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