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Rolf Martens
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1960 to 1969
Overall record: +1 -4 =0 (20.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-22-1942, died Apr-22-2008, 66 years old) Norway (federation/nationality Sweden)

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Rolf Olav Martens was Swedish champion in 1967.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Saidy vs R Martens  1-0431960WchT U26 07thA59 Benko Gambit
2. Savon vs R Martens  1-0531967WchT U26 14thA56 Benoni Defense
3. Velimirovic vs R Martens  1-0301967WchT U26 14thC41 Philidor Defense
4. Jansa vs R Martens 0-1401967Olson Memorial 67/68C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
5. O Jakobsen vs R Martens 1-0231969Nordic-chB27 Sicilian
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  whiteshark: (* 1942 ; † 22.04.2008)
Nov-30-08  Ziggurat: There is a good article on Rolf Martens in the current installment of Stefan Bücker's "Over the Horizon" column at Rolf Martens was known for his eccentric opening ideas, and in later years he had been posting lots of ideas on a Swedish message board. It would be cool if someone would preserve these posts.
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  whiteshark: Hey <Ziggurat>!!!

I've read this article, too. I thought I'had posted some of his French ...Nh6 ideas somewhere around here, but can't recall where.

Some personal backround from Martens himself which given in "Over the Horizon" :

<“I was born in Norway in 1942 and have lived in Sweden since 1950. I’ve worked as a welder in relatively big industries for 24 years and also have had jobs in various other fields. I was brought up as an intellectual and have a university degree with mathematics and physics as main subjects. On the web, there are some mentions of me in connection with chess. I was Swedish champion at that game in 1967 and later, after I had learned some Marxism, made some “shocking” discoveries in its opening theory.”

Martens was so left, politically, that for some years he sympathized with the ultra-left German KPD/ML (NEUE EINHEIT), a party that followed “the political line of Marx, Lenin and Mao Zedong. Apparently, it was the only party in Europe (at least) that did this. However, at some point or other in the 1980s, it too started to degenerate”.>

More details can be found here:

All his 'political' writings on his homepage:

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  whiteshark: update: (* 22.02.1942)

Swedish wiki bio:

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  whiteshark: More games:
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  whiteshark: There's a <Rolf Martens scholarship fund>

"Welcome with your contribution to Rolf Martens scholarship fund, managed by LASK. Notify if you want to be anoym contributor. The Board of Directors consists of Calle Erlandsson, Johan Sigeman and Sven-Ingvar Sundin. Scholarships for travel and education are awarded annually to stimulate the youth chess. In 2009-2018, a total of 26 grants totaling 187,000 SEK have been distributed."

<bankgiro 326-2458
<Collected so far: 249 672 kr>>

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