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William Cutler Haines
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1957 to 1998
Overall record: +4 -5 =4 (46.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-12-1937, died Dec-02-2009, 72 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W C Haines vs J Bennett  1-0271957US Junior OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. Fischer vs W C Haines 1-0381957US Junior OpenC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. M Brooks vs W C Haines  1-0321989Greco OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. P Yu vs W C Haines  1-0271990USA MastersA36 English
5. W C Haines vs A Feldman  1-0211990USA MastersA13 English
6. K Noren vs W C Haines  0-1311990USA MastersA35 English, Symmetrical
7. W C Haines vs R Torregrossa  0-1301990USA MastersE97 King's Indian
8. D Smith vs W C Haines  ½-½371990USA MastersA04 Reti Opening
9. W C Haines vs E Karklins  ½-½231990USA MastersA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
10. R Poehlmann vs W C Haines  ½-½391998Mechanics MastersA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
11. J Al-Shamma vs W C Haines  0-1591998Mechanics MastersA56 Benoni Defense
12. J A Sanz vs W C Haines  1-0381998Mechanics MastersD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
13. W C Haines vs E Schiller  ½-½121998Mechanics MastersD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Biographical research courtesy of <The Focus>

From the Mechanics' Institute Newsletter #473, 12/16/2009:

"William (Bill) Cutler Haines, one of the pioneers of electronic chess databases, died in early December in Vallejo where he had been living for many years.

Most Bay Area players first got to know Bill in the 1980s, but he actually got his start at the Sacramento Chess Club in 1955. Two years after joining he played his first USCF rated tournament in the auditorium of the Spreckles-Russell Dairy Company located at 1717 Mission Street in San Francisco. Winning his first three games gave Bill the honor of playing 14-year-old Bobby Fischer who would win the event with a score of 8.5-.5, drawing only with second place finisher Gil Ramirez. Bill finished the event with a fifty percent score against strong opposition to earn an initial rating of 1950. He soon made it over 2000 and became an Expert. Haines was rated in the 2100s for much of his career but never quite earned the Master's title.

Bill left California for Missouri sometime in the mid to late 1960s and appears to have spent the next twenty years of his life there. Former USCF Executive Director Al Lawrence and International Master Elliott Winslow remember Bill from his days in Kansas City where he had an ongoing rivalry with fellow Expert Jack Winters, proprietor of the Chess House. The two players had a clash of styles with Haines always preferring positional play and Winters the role of the attacker.

Before he devoted himself to Chess Database work Bill Haines was a professional studio photographer. He once told IM Winslow that his two most famous clients were the Hearst family and Barbi Klein. The latter was a teen department store model in Sacramento when he photographed her. Later, under the name Barbi Benton, she became better known as a Playboy's Playmate of the Month and the girlfriend of Hugh Hefner.

A friendly and witty man, standing 6 feet tall and weighing over 350 pounds most of his life, Bill Haines was a colorful character who would often arrive at tournaments on his motorcycle. More than once he brought his bulldog to spectate at the People's Open in Berkeley.

Eric Schiller writes about his good friend: <His legacy is the many bulletins he did enriching our databases. A friend who was always offering to help, but whose physical ailments limited his work, which wasn't properly appreciated or rewarded>."

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