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Ruth Haring
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1976 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 1775 (1869 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2120
Overall record: +2 -6 =6 (35.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-23-1955, died Nov-29-2018, 63 years old) United States of America

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Ruth Inez Haring is a WIM (1977). She was for many years married to GM Peter Biyiasas. In 2011 she was elected president of the U.S. Chess Federation.

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Last updated: 2018-11-30 16:07:27

 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Haring vs R Gramignani  1-0801976Roosendaal izt wB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. J Bellin vs R Haring  1-0411976Roosendaal izt wA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
3. R Haring vs Z Veroci Petronic  ½-½401976Roosendaal izt wB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. R Haring vs M De Oliveira 1-0601976Roosendaal izt wB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. I De Caro vs R Haring  1-0321976Roosendaal izt wB50 Sicilian
6. R Haring vs A Kushnir 0-1391976Roosendaal izt wC02 French, Advance
7. A Nicolau Van Der Mije vs R Haring  ½-½591976Roosendaal izt wB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. R Haring vs T Fomina  ½-½571976Roosendaal izt wC02 French, Advance
9. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs R Haring  ½-½451976Roosendaal izt wA02 Bird's Opening
10. R Haring vs L Belavenets  0-1301976Roosendaal izt wB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. C Vreeken-Bouwman vs R Haring  1-0621976Roosendaal izt wB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. R Haring vs T Lematschko  ½-½851976Roosendaal izt wB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. M Lazarevic vs R Haring  ½-½301976Roosendaal izt wB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. R Haring vs P Cramling 0-1371981VICC Women's TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
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  WannaBe: She got pickled in both games too...
May-05-07  technical draw: She's a WIM so she must of won some games.
Jun-25-08  Caissanist: Bobby Fischer visited Haring and Biyiasas in the seventies, here's what Haring had to say about him: < I dont think hes any stranger then my own husband. Chess personalities in general are introverted. They dont deal with social relationships well. But there is nothing <wrong> with him, he is certainly not crazy,>
Jun-26-08  Caissanist: Correction, this was in 1981.
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  whiteshark: "I also met Ruth Haring, who some of you may remember as one of the strongest American women chess players of the 1970s. We were seated close by most rounds and I set her newly acquired clock for a couple of rounds (Boron - international clock setter). I asked her if she played Jeff Babb in the Canadian Open in Montreal 1974 - for some reason I vaguely remembered that. She confirmed that she had played Jeff. This was her first tournament in approximately 20 years !" Source: (National Open - Las Vegas - June 6)

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  Marmot PFL: I played her once when I was starting out and she won fairly easily. Her husband was watching the game but she didn't seem to need his help :)

As far as Fischer being crazy while I never met him it was obvious that he was deteriorating as time passed.

Jun-26-08  MichAdams: Not Ruth Biyiasas? In that case, it's clear who wears the trousers in that household.

Jun-27-08  Caissanist: According to one of the links given by Whiteshark, Haring and Biyiasas are now divorced. She had taken the name of her first husband, and apparently had had enough of that when she married Biyiasas.
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  raymondhow: I defeated Ruth around 1981 in a San Jose tournament, after she had defeated a 2400 player in the first round. (I was rated about 1780 at the time, she may have taken me lightly.) She was very disappointed, as was Biyiasas. He briefly went over the last part of the game, and pointed out some of my mistakes: "you could have won much quicker!" I said something like: "Oh well, I'm just a B player." That pissed both of them off even more..

So I imagine: they went home that night, and Bobby Fischer asked them, "how did you do?" Biyiasas might have said, "Ruth beat a master, but then lost to some fish named Ray Howard!"

Apr-09-09  Caissanist: Haring is currently running for the USCF Policy Board and has put up a website,, with a brief bio. According to Haring, she and Biyiasas have three grown children; they all know the game, but she's only been able to convince one to play in a tournament.
Apr-09-09  whiskeyrebel: I was glad to meet Ms. Haring at the 2008 U.S. open. After the post mortem (I managed to draw) we chatted for a good while. I asked her about Bobby and she told me some great stories (which I don't care to share out of respect for her). More importantly, she asked me some questions on some other chess related matters (I had a long break from the game too and our children are about the same age) and really listened to my answers. A very nice person for a chessplayer. I'd trust her with my wallet and certainly my vote. Her son who was playing in his first tournament seemed like a very nice guy as well.
Jun-12-09  laskersteinitz: I just cast my ballot for this woman.
Jun-12-09  WhiteRook48: "fischer is definitely not crazy"
what a weirdo
Jun-12-09  waustad: I'm surprised that there are so few games. She played in several Olympiads.
Feb-06-10  nikromos: I knew Ruth and Peter well back in the day in San Francisco. Peter would always be shaking his head after her games, I can still hear him saying "But Ruth, why did you put your knight on that square?" or something similar.
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  wordfunph: <waustad: I'm surprised that there are so few games. She played in several Olympiads.>

lol! "few games" equates to only one game huh?!

Aug-06-10  wolfmaster: I wanna do strange things to this woman's dog.
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  Phony Benoni: A post on Facebook by her son, Theodore Biyiasas, announced that Ruth Haring passed away unexpectedly on the morning of November 29, 2018.
Nov-30-18  JimNorCal: Sad to hear that. RIP.
Nov-30-18  Caissanist: Very sad to hear this, she seems to have been a wonderful organizer and promoter of the game, I've never heard anyone have a bad word to say about her. has a fine obituary: .
Nov-30-18  Caissanist: Her games in the 1976 Olympiad are given on the Ruth Inez Orton page, which was her name at the time.
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  perfidious: Met Ruth in November 1977, along with Peter Biyiasas, as we rode from a tournament in Leominster, Mass, to Burlington, Vermont with a friend. Wish I could say I recall what we talked about during those hours on the road, but my memories are hazy.
Nov-30-18  sakredkow: Terrible news.
Dec-01-18  Caissanist: Lots of good remembrances of Ruth on her Facebook page, she really does seem to have been universally liked and respected. Her first husband Bill Orton posted a number of her wins from the 1974 and 1975 US Women's Championships, which I have submitted for inclusion to this database.
Dec-01-18  Eastfrisian: Sad indeed. RIP.
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