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Ruth Haring
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1974 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 1775 (1869 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2120
Overall record: +9 -7 =10 (53.8%)*
   * 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 was a WIM (1977). She was married to William R Orton and then to GM Peter Biyiasas. In 2011 she was elected president of the U.S. Chess Federation.

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Last updated: 2021-02-06 18:38:24

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Haring vs G Olsson  1-0491974US Womens ChA07 King's Indian Attack
2. R Haring vs Joan K Schmidt  1-0261974U.S Womens ChB06 Robatsch
3. R Haring vs G Gresser  1-0411975US Womens ChC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. R Herstein vs R Haring  0-1411975US Womens ChA60 Benoni Defense
5. R Haring vs T Gassemann  ½-½461976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. Lea Nudelman vs R Haring  1-0431976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. R Haring vs Lynda Pope  ½-½471976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C02 French, Advance
8. T Canela Gimenez vs R Haring  ½-½281976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. R Haring vs I Larsen 1-0311976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Carla Wettstein vs R Haring  ½-½861976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. C Alvarez vs R Haring  0-1321976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. R Haring vs Aileen Noonan  1-0411976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. R Haring vs R Gramignani  1-0801976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. J Bellin vs R Haring  1-0411976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)A71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
15. R Haring vs Z Veroci  ½-½401976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. R Haring vs M De Oliveira 1-0601976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. I De Caro vs R Haring  1-0321976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B50 Sicilian
18. R Haring vs A Kushnir 0-1391976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)C02 French, Advance
19. A Nicolau van der Mije vs R Haring  ½-½591976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. R Haring vs T Fomina  ½-½571976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)C02 French, Advance
21. E Akhmylovskaia-Donaldson vs R Haring  ½-½451976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
22. R Haring vs L Belavenets  0-1301976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. C Vreeken-Bouwman vs R Haring  1-0621976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. R Haring vs T Lematschko  ½-½851976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. M Lazarevic vs R Haring  ½-½301976Roosendaal Interzonal (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
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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)

Jun-26-08  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.
Jan-27-19  login:

In 2009 Kevin Spraggett put together a personal blogpost full of admiration and respect towards this successful woman and talented chess player


from 'Spraggett on Chess', Oct 31 2009

Feb-25-19  Caissanist: Spraggett's blog has moved, the abovementioned article is now here: .
May-22-21  login:

Another obituary well-written by Tom Braunlich can also be found here

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