NM Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez has been playing chess in Tucson, Arizona since he was 9 years old and has progressed consistently since then. He won the K-8 National Championships in 2000 as an 8th grader which helped propel him to the top of scholastic chess in the country. He played in the 2002 Cadet Championships which match the top eight players under 16 years old in the country. He was two time High School State champion and is now a part of the University of Arizona Chess team. He has become among the top 15 players in Arizona.
Leo now coaches chess to kids and other coaches throughout the Tucson area teaching both in schools and private lessons. He helped teach Castlehill Country Day School with IM Levon Altounian which later became the 2003 National Champions. He is also a board member of the non-profit organization 9-Queens which strives to extend the benefits of chess to women and underprivileged youth.
Leo is the Manager of the Arizona Scorpions as well as player since Arizona was introduced into the league in 2008. He has helped bring the best players in the state together to compete nationally and to increase chess awarness in Arizona.