There is little doubt that IM William Martz, Wisconsin's first titled player, was also Wisconsin's strongest player from 1963 until his death in 1983. In November 1981 he sponsored the Martz Masters Invitational at the Normandy Village Chalet in Wauwautosa.
Craig Chellstorp and Leonid Bass both finished undefeated, a half-point ahead of third place finisher Sergey Kudrin. Chellstorp defeated Kudrin and Loren Schmidt, while Bass defeated Eugene Martinovsky and Loren Schmidt. Both of the winners drew with tournament sponsor William Martz, who finished tied for fourth with Martinovsky.