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.
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)
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
| page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 168
|1. W Martz vs N Kleszczewski
|| ||1-0||25||1963||Illinois Open||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|2. J Tums vs W Martz
|| ||0-1||42||1963||Illinois Open||C18 French, Winawer|
|3. W Martz vs Gulko
|| ||1-0||39||1967||World Student tt C||E20 Nimzo-Indian|
|4. Smejkal vs W Martz
|| ||1-0||46||1968||WchT U26 15th qual-E||A15 English|
|5. W Martz vs Smejkal
|| ||½-½||33||1968||WchT U26 15th fin-A||D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4|
|6. W Martz vs N W Wood
|| ||1-0||34||1968||69th US Open||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|7. R Shean vs W Martz
|| ||0-1||27||1968||69th US Open||B44 Sicilian|
|8. W Martz vs P Brandts
|| ||½-½||50||1968||69th US Open||E79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line|
|9. W Martz vs R J Gross
|| ||½-½||35||1968||69th US Open||D31 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. A Spiller vs W Martz
|| ||0-1||39||1968||69th US Open||D86 Grunfeld, Exchange|
|11. L Levy vs W Martz
|| ||1-0||31||1968||69th US Open||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|12. W Martz vs D Kerman
||1-0||41||1968||69th US Open||E79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line|
|13. W Martz vs N Weinstein
|| ||½-½||51||1968||69th US Open||E77 King's Indian|
|14. J T Westbrock vs W Martz
|| ||0-1||42||1968||69th US Open||E77 King's Indian|
|15. W Martz vs R Byrne
|| ||½-½||20||1968||69th US Open||E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack|
|16. Larsen vs W Martz
|| ||1-0||60||1968||69th US Open||A02 Bird's Opening|
|17. W Martz vs E Karklins
|| ||1-0||26||1969||Chicago op||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|18. W Martz vs A Karklins
|| ||1-0||36||1969||Chicago op||A15 English|
|19. W Martz vs S Schwartz
|| ||1-0||29||1969||70th US Open||E79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line|
|20. W Martz vs J L Watson
|| ||1-0||35||1969||70th US Open||E79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line|
|21. P Poschel vs W Martz
|| ||½-½||33||1969||70th US Open||E92 King's Indian|
|22. Vukcevich vs W Martz
|| ||½-½||18||1969||70th US Open||B44 Sicilian|
|23. W Martz vs R Wilcox
|| ||1-0||38||1969||70th US Open||E79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line|
|24. O Popovych vs W Martz
|| ||0-1||40||1969||70th US Open||B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical|
|25. W Martz vs R Byrne
|| ||0-1||73||1969||70th US Open||D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4|
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|Aug-09-08|| ||whiteshark: |
"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: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpa...|
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?|
|Sep-17-10|| ||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.
|Jan-04-14|| ||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).|
|Jan-07-21|| ||MissScarlett: Are back issues of <Chess Life> now freely available online? If so, for what period? Provide a link. Jump to it.|
|Jan-07-21|| ||Tabanus: https://new.uschess.org/chess-life-... or http://uscf1-nyc1.aodhosting.com/CL...|
|Jan-16-21|| ||BIDMONFA: William E Martz|
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