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William E Martz
Number of games in database: 104
Years covered: 1963 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420
Overall record: +25 -32 =47 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E79 E78 E74 E77 E69
 English (9) 
    A16 A10 A15 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A22 A21
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 A41 A46 E10
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (13) 
    B05 B02 B03 B04
 English (6) 
    A15 A16 A14 A12
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D94 D85 D78 D82
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E41 E47 E42
 Sicilian (4) 
    B36 B44 B32 B33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Martz vs Reshevsky, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Csom vs W Martz, 1975 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs Huebner, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Kaufman vs W Martz, 1972 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1972)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1977)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1969, Lincoln by Phony Benoni

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(born Mar-21-1945, died Jan-17-1983, 37 years old) United States of America

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William Edward (Bill) Martz was born in Detroit, Michigan. Martz won the US Junior Championship in 1965. He was awarded the IM title in 1975. In 1982 Martz was co-winner of the US Open. He succumbed to cancer and passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1983.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 104  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W Martz vs N Kleszczewski  1-025 1963 Illinois opC07 French, Tarrasch
2. J Tums vs W Martz  0-142 1963 Illinois opC18 French, Winawer
3. W Martz vs Gulko  1-039 1967 World Student tt CE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. Smejkal vs W Martz  1-046 1968 WchT U26 15th qual-EA15 English
5. Larsen vs W Martz  1-060 1968 USA opA02 Bird's Opening
6. W Martz vs Smejkal  ½-½33 1968 WchT U26 15th fin-AD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
7. W Martz vs S Schwartz  1-029 1969 US-opE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
8. W Martz vs J L Watson  1-035 1969 US-opE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
9. W Martz vs T Wozney  1-056 1969 US-opD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Vukcevich vs W Martz  ½-½18 1969 US-opB44 Sicilian
11. W Martz vs E Karklins  1-026 1969 Chicago opA00 Uncommon Opening
12. W Martz vs Robert E Byrne  0-173 1969 US-opD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
13. W Martz vs A Karklins  1-036 1969 Chicago opA15 English
14. W Martz vs R Wilcox  1-038 1969 US-opE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
15. W Martz vs R Newbold  1-062 1971 Lone PineE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
16. W Martz vs Tarjan  0-129 1971 Lone PineA22 English
17. W Martz vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½27 1972 US ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
18. W Martz vs L Christiansen  ½-½29 1972 Lone PineA22 English
19. W Martz vs Popovych  1-067 1972 US ChampionshipE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
20. W Martz vs Csom  0-126 1972 Skopje ol (Men)E20 Nimzo-Indian
21. Kavalek vs W Martz  ½-½54 1972 US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. W Martz vs A Karklins  ½-½45 1972 Lone PineA15 English
23. W Martz vs E Winslow  0-139 1972 North American opA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. Kaufman vs W Martz  ½-½27 1972 US ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
25. P Brandts vs W Martz  ½-½47 1972 Lone PineE41 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 104  PGN Download
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"I [ Robert Huebner ] met him [ William E Martz ] for the first time during the Student Olympiad at Ybbs 1968, and for ever after he kindly and patiently stimulated my attempts to play chess. He also tried with much self-sacrifice to improve my English. His generosity has enlarged my library by many donations both in the field of chess and the English language. I always greatly enjoyed his fine sense of humour with a penchant for absurd situations, which was by no means dulled but on the contrary sharpened by his legal studies. I have lost a fine friend too early."

Robert Huebner in <Twenty-five Annotated Games>

Nov-24-08  newzild: Bill Martz went 104 games in a row without losing, which is a world record.

Nov-24-08  Karpova: "The New York Times" Obituary from 1983.01.20:

Excerpt: <William Edward Martz, a leading American chess player for more than a decade, died of cancer on Monday in Milwaukee. He was 37 years old and lived in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb.>

Mar-21-10  Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?
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  GrahamClayton: Here are some of Martz's annotations on his own games:

The Southwest Chess Club in Franklin, Wisconsin runs a William Martz memorial tournament in November of each year:

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  wordfunph: <newzild: Bill Martz went 104 games in a row without losing, which is a world record.>

...but many of these were against non-masters.

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  Richard Taylor: I think that doesn't matter. How many games do any of us win in a row? I lose most of my games. Poor bloke died so young.
May-25-14  Eastfrisian: To have a photo of him, would be great, but nowhere.
Jul-10-14  thedivingbell: Eastfrisian, I'm not sure why you want a picture of Bill, but he was on the December 1982 cover of Chess Life pictured here with Andy Soltis. Bill is the one in white.

Aug-05-15  zanzibar: The old link to a photo of him no longer works.

Here's an Getty image that's less likely to go away:

From his tie for first place in the Toronto Open (unsure what year - you might think that would qualify as a Notable Tournament - but it doesn't).

Photo by Doug Griffin (also undated, afaict)

Aug-05-15  zanzibar: He didn't pursue a career in Law according to his NYT obit:

<A 1970 graduate of the Marquette University Law School, Mr. Martz also had a degree in mathematics. He divided his time between chess and his work as the business manager of a Chevrolet dealership in Milwaukee operated by his family.>

Business and Chess don't make such a bad combo (if, in addition to playing, one wants to eat).

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