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William Martz
Number of games in database: 159
Years covered: 1963 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420

Overall record: +43 -41 =75 (50.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (20) 
    E79 E78 E77 E60 E69
 English (14) 
    A16 A10 A15 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (11) 
    A21 A28 A22 A20
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E20 E25
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A31 A34
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 A46 A41 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (18) 
    B05 B03 B02 B04
 Sicilian (12) 
    B36 B44 B45 B85 B32
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D94 D82 D85 D72 D86
 English (7) 
    A15 A16 A12 A14
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E41 E42 E47
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C67 C61 C65 C66
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Martz vs Miles, 1976 1-0
   W Martz vs Reshevsky, 1972 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs T Wozney, 1969 1-0
   W Martz vs P Quillen, 1971 1-0
   Kaufman vs W Martz, 1972 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs L Christiansen, 1972 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs D Kerman, 1968 1-0
   W Martz vs J L Watson, 1969 1-0
   W Martz vs G Berner, 1972 1-0
   W Martz vs Huebner, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   70th US Open (1969)
   Olot (1974)
   Norristown (1973)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   US Championship (1972)
   69th US Open (1968)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-8 (1972)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   72nd US Open (1971)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1977)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1972 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 won the South Dakota Open in 1968. He won the Wisconsin Championship in 1969. He was awarded the IM title in 1975. In 1982 Martz and Andrew Soltis were co-winners of the US Open. He succumbed to cancer and passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1983.

Wikipedia article: William Martz

Last updated: 2019-09-20 06:25:00

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 168  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Martz vs N Kleszczewski  1-0251963Illinois OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. J Tums vs W Martz  0-1421963Illinois OpenC18 French, Winawer
3. W Martz vs Gulko  1-0391967World Student tt CE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. Smejkal vs W Martz  1-0461968WchT U26 15th qual-EA15 English
5. W Martz vs Smejkal  ½-½331968WchT U26 15th fin-AD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
6. W Martz vs N W Wood  1-034196869th US OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. R Shean vs W Martz  0-127196869th US OpenB44 Sicilian
8. W Martz vs P Brandts  ½-½50196869th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
9. W Martz vs R J Gross  ½-½35196869th US OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A Spiller vs W Martz  0-139196869th US OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. L Levy vs W Martz  1-031196869th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. W Martz vs D Kerman 1-041196869th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
13. W Martz vs N Weinstein  ½-½51196869th US OpenE77 King's Indian
14. J T Westbrock vs W Martz  0-142196869th US OpenE77 King's Indian
15. W Martz vs R Byrne  ½-½20196869th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
16. Larsen vs W Martz  1-060196869th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
17. W Martz vs E Karklins  1-0261969Chicago opA00 Uncommon Opening
18. W Martz vs A Karklins  1-0361969Chicago opA15 English
19. W Martz vs S Schwartz  1-029196970th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
20. W Martz vs J L Watson  1-035196970th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
21. P Poschel vs W Martz  ½-½33196970th US OpenE92 King's Indian
22. Vukcevich vs W Martz  ½-½18196970th US OpenB44 Sicilian
23. W Martz vs R Wilcox  1-038196970th US OpenE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
24. O Popovych vs W Martz  0-140196970th US OpenB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
25. W Martz vs R Byrne  0-173196970th US OpenD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
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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:

Nov-08-10  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).

Apr-29-18  Cibator: I remember there was a photo of him in the book of the 1972 Olympiad put out by Batsford (Ray Keene was one of the co-authors).
Jan-07-21  Zugzwangovich: There is another photo of him on page 635 of the November 1973 issue of Chess Life (now available online).
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  MissScarlett: Are back issues of <Chess Life> now freely available online? If so, for what period? Provide a link. Jump to it.
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  Tabanus: or
Jan-16-21  BIDMONFA: William E Martz

MARTZ, William

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