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William E Martz
Number of games in database: 118
Years covered: 1963 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420
Overall record: +31 -33 =54 (49.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E79 E78 E77 E74 E76
 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
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D94 D85 D78 D86 D82
 Sicilian (8) 
    B36 B44 B45 B32 B33
 English (6) 
    A15 A16 A14 A12
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E41 E47 E42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Martz vs Reshevsky, 1972 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs Huebner, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Kaufman vs W Martz, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Csom vs W Martz, 1975 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.

Wikipedia article: William Martz

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 118  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. W Martz vs N Wood  1-034 1968 69th US OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. W Martz vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½20 1968 69th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. A Spiller vs W Martz  0-139 1968 69th US OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
7. Larsen vs W Martz  1-060 1968 USA opA02 Bird's Opening
8. J T Westbrock vs W Martz  0-142 1968 69th US OpenE77 King's Indian
9. W Martz vs R J Gross  ½-½35 1968 69th US OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W Martz vs Smejkal  ½-½33 1968 WchT U26 15th fin-AD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
11. W Martz vs N Weinstein  ½-½51 1968 69th US OpenE77 King's Indian
12. W Martz vs P Brandts  ½-½50 1968 69th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
13. Smejkal vs W Martz  1-046 1968 WchT U26 15th qual-EA15 English
14. W Martz vs D Kerman  1-041 1968 69th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
15. R Shean vs W Martz  0-127 1968 69th US OpenB44 Sicilian
16. L Levy vs W Martz  1-031 1968 69th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. W Martz vs T Wozney  1-056 1969 US-opD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Vukcevich vs W Martz  ½-½18 1969 US-opB44 Sicilian
19. W Martz vs E Karklins  1-026 1969 Chicago opA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Benko vs W Martz  ½-½20 1969 70th US OpenB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
21. W Martz vs Robert E Byrne  0-173 1969 US-opD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
22. W Martz vs A Karklins  1-036 1969 Chicago opA15 English
23. Bisguier vs W Martz  ½-½76 1969 70th US OpenD94 Grunfeld
24. W Martz vs R Wilcox  1-038 1969 US-opE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
25. W Martz vs S Schwartz  1-029 1969 US-opE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 118  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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