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Raymond Martin
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1942 to 1979
Overall record: +20 -21 =10 (49.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-07-1924, died Aug-31-2001, 76 years old) United States of America

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Raymond J. Martin was a California chess master. In 1948, he won the Santa Monica Open and the Los Angeles Chess Club Championship. In 1949, he won the Los Angeles Open and the Los Angeles County Championship. In 1950, he won the Hollywood Invitational and the 17th California State Championship in San Francisco. In 1951, he won the Santa Monica CC Championship with a perfect 9-0 score. In 1952, he won the California Rapid Transit Championship and tied for 1st in the Southern California Championship. In 1961, he won the Southern California championship. In 1969, he won the 5th American Open in Santa Monica.

Last updated: 2020-10-18 09:09:32

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harold W Liggett vs R Martin 1-0351942West Virginia State ChampionshipC51 Evans Gambit
2. R Martin vs Santasiere ½-½56194950th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. R Martin vs H Daly  1-036194950th US OpenB32 Sicilian
4. C Capps vs R Martin  ½-½431951San Francisco Pacific 1stC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. R Martin vs H Gross  0-1361951NorCal-SoCalC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. J S Knaur vs R Martin  0-131195152nd US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
7. R Martin vs B Brice-Nash  1-042195152nd US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
8. E McCormick vs R Martin  1-055195152nd US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. R Potter vs R Martin  0-125195152nd US OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
10. R Martin vs J F Donovan  1-034195152nd US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
11. R Martin vs J Gonzalez de Vega  0-145195152nd US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
12. G Eastman vs R Martin  1-030195152nd US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. R Martin vs A Liepnieks  1-065195152nd US OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. R Brieger vs R Martin  ½-½22195152nd US OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
15. R Martin vs R Vollmar  1-022195152nd US OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. L Joyner vs R Martin  ½-½471952HollywoodA12 English with b3
17. R Martin vs Dake 0-1311952HollywoodB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. J Cross vs R Martin  ½-½461952HollywoodD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. R Martin vs V Pafnutieff  0-1621952HollywoodC07 French, Tarrasch
20. Gligoric vs R Martin  1-0281952HollywoodD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Kashdan vs R Martin  1-0391952HollywoodD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. R Martin vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½461952HollywoodC54 Giuoco Piano
23. Graf-Stevenson vs R Martin  0-1381952HollywoodD90 Grunfeld
24. R Martin vs H Steiner  0-1401952HollywoodC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
25. R Cross vs R Martin  1-04319542nd Pan-American Chess CongressE01 Catalan, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-09-14  zanzibar: I'm wondering where the James came from. Doing a google search on <"Raymond James Martin" chess> leads to a paucity of results.

In fact, the only hit is this one.

Searching for <Raymond J. Martin> does give a USCF hit with his dod:

<Raymond J. Martin - Youngstown, Ohio passed Aug. 31, 2001 at age 76. >

This player was primarily active in Los Angeles, CA. I matched him up with <Ray Martin> from LA in the <2nd PanAm Open (1954)>.

<Raymond J. Martin> can be found as #9 of <Top 10 CA by Decade> here:

with a USCF 2331 in 1953-05-20.

Dec-09-14  zanzibar: <Ray Martin> is mentioned promeniently here:

<<CHESS DIGEST (August 1950, Volume 3, Number 8)>

Ray Martin of Santa Monica won the title in the California State Championship in San Francisco with great ease proving once again that his victories were far from flukes, as some people suggested.

Indeed, Martin's game has improved tremendously; his knowledge of the openings and his middle game judgment show originality. His end game play still can be improved.>

Dec-09-14  zanzibar: He was more often listed as <Ray Martin>, and is given as winner of 1969 American Classics // American Open here: (pdf)

Dec-09-14  zanzibar: Here's a picture of Martin on the cover of CL&R, Volume XXV, Number 4, April 1970 holding his trophy from American Open (1969):

(Sales item - likely to go stale someday)

A more permenant, and earlier picture, is here:

I believe Martin is on the right.

Dec-09-14  zanzibar: Bill Wall has a little to say about Santa Monica 1969 Am Open:

<I entered the 5th American Open on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1969 at the Retail Clerk's Union Auditorium on 1410 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Entry fee was $15 for me and I joined the United States Chess Federation (USCF) for $5. It was an 8 round Swiss System event. The tournament director was William Bragg. Top player was 20-year old International Master (and later Grandmaster) Walter Browne (2445). The mayor of Santa Monica welcomed the players. He played on board 1. Time control was 50 moves in 2 hours. The event was won by Ray Martin. Other players there included Kim Commons, Larry Christiansen, Tibor Weinberger, Jude Acers, Charles Henin (California State Champion), Ross Stoutenborough, Ron Gross, and Carl Pilnick. Walter Browne got knocked off by John Davidian who sacrificed his rook to get a mating position with Queen and Bishop in 29 moves. The youngest player was a 7-year old. The player on the last board was me. I played on board 101 of the 202 player event.>

Martin came out on top of Browne and Christiansen. As Curdo says, "get 'em while they're young".

Dec-09-14  zanzibar: Oh yeah, here's the ref:
Dec-09-14  zanzibar: I find a record with dob/dod matching bio for <Raymond J Martin> here:

It also lists Youngstown, OH as pod.

Dec-09-14  Bartacus: I played Ray Martin several times in the late 1970s in Los Angeles as I progressed from Class A player to Master. He was a strong master-strength veteran. Playing him was similar to me as playing veteran Carl Pilnik, the former East Coast master. They both had plus scores against me, deservedly so.

ICCM Bart Gibbons

Dec-10-14  zanzibar: <Bartacus> It's always nice to hear from players who know.

One question about Pilnik, is it a typo? Did you mean Carl Pilnick?

Carl Pilnick

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