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Andrew D Martin
Number of games in database: 136
Years covered: 1974 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2357
Highest rating achieved in database: 2433

Overall record: +40 -45 =50 (48.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A65 A77 A69 A61 A57
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E41 E33 E29 E45
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A40 A45
 Sicilian (4) 
    B32 B50 B23 B21
 King's Indian (4) 
    E70 E60
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (8) 
 King's Indian (6) 
    E80 E98 E90 E87 E91
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A41 A45 D00 A40
 French Defense (4) 
    C15 C03 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Shaw vs A D Martin, 2004 0-1
   A D Martin vs M Basman, 1984 1-0
   V Lyukmanov vs A D Martin, 1993 0-1
   J P McKenna vs A D Martin, 2010 0-1
   Uhlmann vs A D Martin, 1990 0-1
   A D Martin vs G Buckley, 2000 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1983/84 (1983)
   Hastings 2009/10 (2009)

   🏆 4NCL 2011/12
   A D Martin vs S Salov (Apr-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   D Bisby vs A D Martin (Mar-31-12) 1-0
   A D Martin vs A Stebbings (Feb-11-12) 1-0
   A D Martin vs R Bellin (Jan-15-12) 1/2-1/2
   G Wall vs A D Martin (Jan-14-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-18-1957, 63 years old) United Kingdom

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Andrew David Martin was born in West Ham London, England. Awarded the IM title in 1984, he was a commentator at the Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match in 2000. In 2004, he broke Ulf Andersson 's official record for playing the most players in a simul by playing 321 opponents, scoring +294 =26 -1 for a winning percentage of 95.64 percent, a record that stood until 2005 when it was broken by Zsuzsa Polgar. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 136  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A D Martin vs Keene  0-1411974IlfordB06 Robatsch
2. Vaganian vs A D Martin  0-1471975Simul, 30bE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
3. A D Martin vs Miles 0-1361977LanzaroteB32 Sicilian
4. A D Martin vs R Emerson  0-1431978Middlesex Team TourneyA05 Reti Opening
5. B Rind vs A D Martin  1-03119782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
6. A D Martin vs M Ginsburg  ½-½2419782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. R Casse vs A D Martin  1-02819782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC41 Philidor Defense
8. J Century vs A D Martin 1-06219782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. A D Martin vs A Muir  1-04219793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. J C Saunders vs A D Martin 1-0261979National Club ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
11. A D Martin vs I Wells  ½-½191980Jersey Lloyds Bank InternationalA03 Bird's Opening
12. A D Martin vs D Andric  1-0391981Caorle opA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. A D Martin vs J van Mil  1-0371981Caorle opA02 Bird's Opening
14. A D Martin vs Barlov  ½-½111981Caorle opC55 Two Knights Defense
15. A D Martin vs Short 0-1311981BCF-chE60 King's Indian Defense
16. A D Martin vs M J Freeman  ½-½3819815th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. A D Martin vs T Krabbe  0-1651982Amsterdam, tt NetherlandsD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Keene vs A D Martin 1-0421982Team MatchA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
19. Speelman vs A D Martin 1-0421982BCF-chA15 English
20. M Pein vs A D Martin  1-0471982London Lewisham op 2ndE90 King's Indian
21. A D Martin vs J Richmond  1-0271983BCF-chD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
22. A D Martin vs J Horner 0-1271983BCF-chE70 King's Indian
23. A D Martin vs Speelman  ½-½181983Hastings 1983/84E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. A D Martin vs Ftacnik  ½-½221983Hastings 1983/84B50 Sicilian
25. Suba vs A D Martin  ½-½1101983Hastings 1983/84E17 Queen's Indian
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Oct-23-04  Knight13: I never noticed this guy until <refutor> told me that "A Fish" is probably "Andrew Fish." I got this guy when I searched A Fish. Who is this guy anyway?
Oct-23-04  mack: There's a lot to be said for Andrew Martin - in fact he holds the record for the greatest number of participants taken on in a simul. 320+ if I remember correctly.
Nov-06-05  Chesschufty: I played in his world record 320+ so I know you're right. He is based in Sandhurst-England and has written many books and presented DVD's-I think he is also a commentator for Chessbase. His world record was recently beaten by Susan Polgar.
Nov-06-05  cade: His record was beaten but Martin questions the legitimacy of that event.
Nov-06-05  GBKnight: Some of these games are not Andrew Martin, the English player. For example, the game against Ulf Andersson at Montilla 1977 was Angel Martin Gonzalez, the Spanish player. Its obviously difficult when the same name crops up many times. I believe Andrew is still playing and definitely does commentaries/lectures etc. His commentaries are one of the highlights at the annual British Championship.
Mar-02-06  midknightblue: Andrew Martin Chess Academy went live 3/1/06!
Mar-02-06  jamesmaskell: Yeah. I signed up for that last night then realised the costs involved.
Mar-02-06  midknightblue: haha <james>. I haven't signed up yet either, much as I would like to support Martin, as i think he has a lot to offer, in general. It is just that the amount of money one can spend on chess is neverending (books, websites, tournaments, lessons). But it seems like an interesting site.
Mar-02-06  jamesmaskell: It hasnt cost me anything to sign up but I wont be buying anything from the site. Just cant afford anything right now.
May-17-06  BIDMONFA: Andrew D Martin

MARTIN, Andrew D.

Aug-22-06  Kriegspiel: Martin needs to toot his own horn here, discretely but diligently, and get some wins uploaded. A record of 31.9% is not exactly awe-inspiring, and while an incomplete or highly selective database offering can bias one's record enormously, that is not always apparent to the average viewer; and since Martin makes his living as a commentator and analyst appealing to the sensibilities of the average viewer, this deserves consideration.

Also, he needs to change his Playchess Radio commentator photograph. I see it every week there, and every week he reminds me of a Star Wars publicity photo of Darth Maul caught in a "doh!" moment. I've seen some perfectly fine, up-to-date photos of him on the net, so why anyone would choose a head-shot that makes him look like a deer caught in headlights is beyond me.


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  ray keene: andy martin supervises chess at wellington college where-gratifyingly-it is soon to become part of the curriculum. andy has been most helpful in helping to sort out minor difficulties at the second half of the staunton memorial also being held at wellington college-possibly the most beautiful venue i have ever seen for a chess event!
Sep-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <His record was beaten but Martin questions the legitimacy of that event.>

<cade> Who broke it?

Sep-03-06  Albertan: <EmperorAtahualpa: His record was beaten but Martin questions the legitimacy of that event. <cade> Who broke it?>

Hi EmperorAtahualpa, GM Susan Polgar beat Martin's record.You can read about this at this link:

Sep-04-06  apawnandafool: the crux of the argument is whether non chessplayers count as opponents in simul record-breaking attempts.

every single one of martin's opponents were chessclub members of a minimum playing ability, while polgar's attempt included scores of mall shoppers.

as an added complexity, guinness did not witness polgar's attempt. so is it really official?

a polgar vs. martin 2007 simultaneous simul is needed, winner-takes-all. where each battle the same number of opponents of equal-relative strengths, at the same time in the same auditorium.

Aug-05-09  generaldamage: I've read that he has also beat Spassky; here's the link:

May-15-10  KarenBindash: I've got several of the ChessBase Fritz Trainer series of DVDs. Andrew Martin is probably their most prolific author. He has authored videos on the Spanish Exchange Variation, Trompowsky, King‘s Indian, Scandinavian (two editions), Budapest Gambit, Vienna, Ruy Lopez, Sicilian Dragon, Anti-Dutch, Leningrad Dutch, Evans Gambit, Modern Benoni, Queen’s Pawn Openings and Alekhine openings.

What concerns me is a complete lack of Martin's objectivity in his videos (I've not seen them all, though I have three). His first DVD on the Scandinavian (Center Counter) gives you the impression black can hardly lose. Almost all games show a Black win, with not a single White victory. I've looked over some of the games with a chess engine and it is clear in many cases white has an advantage before blundering, so then black goes on to win. After seeing this video, and a few more like it, I will not be buying any more.

Andrew Martin considers himself an expert on the Scandinavian, but I was less than impressed with his DVD which covers the Pytel Variation (1. e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6). Objectively, the Scandinavian is not a particularly successful opening for black (Black wins 26.1%, whereas white wins 45.4%), but Martin gives a very different impression. The Pytel Variation is a bit better than some of the others, but black only wins 24.4% of the games, with 46.4% being white wins and 29.2% draws - statistics just taken from

The Chesbase DVD on the Sicilian Alapin (2.c3) by Sergei Tiviakov is excellent. I don't know why Chessbase did not get Tiviakov to author a DVD on the Pytel variation of the Scandinavian, as Tiviakov is a strong GM, who is arguably the leading expert on that opening.

Martin 's DVD on the Caro Kann suffers from the exact same problem.

In his favor, Martin speaks good English, does not mumble, is enthusiastic. But the lack of objectivity puts me off of him.

I can't help but draw an analogy between Andrew Martin's prolific authoring of chess DVDs and Eric Schiller of chess books. I'm not saying Martin's work deserves the two-worded review of a Schiller book by Tony Miles in Kingpin, but there is definitely a problem of high quantity but low quality. Martin is also a prolific author of chess books, so perhaps he does aim to publish more than Eric Schiller!


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  wordfunph: books authored by IM Andrew Martin..

+ King's Indian Battle Plans
+ Starting Out - The Sicilian Dragon
+ The Essential Center-Counter
+ The Hippopotamus Rises

more books to write...happy birthday!

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  OBIT: <Karen>I don't think it's a problem when an opening book shows a high percentage of wins in favor of the opening. Now, some books do take this to the extreme. For example, I can recall a book on the 1. e4 c5 2. f4 variation of the Sicilian where White wins every game!

The high percentage of victories suggests a biased view of the opening, I suppose, but then the club level players who buy the book are generally most interested in how to win with it - games that demonstrate successful strategies have the most appeal to them. Sure, include some games to illustrate pitfalls to avoid, but keeping the focus on how to win with the opening makes sense, IMO.

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  Paint My Dragon: For all those looking for some free chess lessons, I can thoroughly recommend Andy's YouTube channel (YMChessMaster).
Jul-16-11  Shams: I heartily second <Paint My Dragon>'s tip -- Martin's channel is great. If you like his clips, please show your appreciation in the comments.

Jan-05-12  ChessMan94: Good commentary from Andrew Martin on the Ivanchuk-Caruana game.!
Jul-03-17  PhilFeeley: So many games missing here. I'm watching some of Martin's early videos and he mentions many games from 1989-1995 that are not here. I wonder why they're not.
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  Tabanus: <PhilFeeley> It's because you did not send them in to CG, and then waited 3 months.
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  Domdaniel: <Karen Bindash> Those are valid points ... but I don't think that Andy Martin is in the same zone as Schiller, the object of the great Tony Miles' famously brief put-down. I played Miles (somehow drawing, to my own surprise) and I am still an admirer of his games.

I also have a few books and DVDs by Martin, and I think he's good. Not, maybe, the strongest player or best analyst, but still very capable.

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