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Dion Martinez
D M Martinez 
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Number of games in database: 77
Years covered: 1874 to 1892
Overall record: +17 -43 =17 (33.1%)*
   * 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. He was regarded as one of the strongest chess players in Philadelphia. There he played several matches against James Mason (4 : 5 in 1874 and 3 : 1 in 1875), Wilhelm Steinitz (0 : 7 in November 1882, 2.5 : 4.5 in December 1882, and 1 : 10 in 1883), and Johannes Zukertort (3.5 : 9.5 in 1884).

He took 9th at Philadelphia 1876 (Fourth American Chess Congress, Mason won), and tied for 17-18th at New York 1889 (Sixth American CC, Max Weiss and Mikhail Chigorin won). The New York Times of 16 June 1889 describes him as "Dion Martinez of Philadelphia is rather an elderly gentleman, tall and dignified. He was regarded as one of the strongest chessplayers in Philadelphia, but has not practiced much for two years past, and financial adversities have tended to detract his mind from the game."

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Last updated: 2022-03-11 14:02:54

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 77  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mason vs D M Martinez 1-0251874Philadelphia, First MatchC25 Vienna
2. D M Martinez vs J Mason 1-0461874Philadelphia, First MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. J Mason vs D M Martinez  0-1511874Philadelphia, First MatchB06 Robatsch
4. D M Martinez vs J Mason  0-1361874Philadelphia, First MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. D M Martinez vs J Mason 1-0381875Third MatchC42 Petrov Defense
6. J Mason vs D M Martinez  ½-½561875Philadelphia, Second MatchC25 Vienna
7. J Mason vs D M Martinez  0-1481875Philadelphia, Second MatchC48 Four Knights
8. D M Martinez vs E Alberoni  0-1841875Alberoni Exhibition, Match GameC67 Ruy Lopez
9. D M Martinez vs E Alberoni  0-1121875Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
10. H Davidson vs D M Martinez  ½-½6118764th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
11. D M Martinez vs H Davidson ½-½7218764th American Chess CongressA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
12. D M Martinez vs J Mason 0-14218764th American Chess CongressA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
13. J Mason vs D M Martinez 1-02718764th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
14. D M Martinez vs Mackenzie 1-0231880PhiladelphiaC49 Four Knights
15. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0561882Match (1)C00 French Defense
16. D M Martinez vs Steinitz  0-1341882Philadelphia m1C70 Ruy Lopez
17. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0441882Match (1)C30 King's Gambit Declined
18. D M Martinez vs Steinitz 0-1531882Philadelphia m1C70 Ruy Lopez
19. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0591882Philadelphia m1C30 King's Gambit Declined
20. D M Martinez vs Steinitz 0-1211882PhiladelphiaC51 Evans Gambit
21. Steinitz vs D M Martinez  1-0381882Match (1)C28 Vienna Game
22. Steinitz vs D M Martinez  0-1581882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
23. Steinitz vs D M Martinez ½-½741882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
24. D M Martinez vs Steinitz ½-½811882Philadelphia m2C70 Ruy Lopez
25. Steinitz vs D M Martinez 1-0691882Philadelphia m2C28 Vienna Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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