Ruth Inez Haring

General Secretary
Position: 
General Secretary

Year of Birth: 1955
Federation: United States of America

WIM Ruth Haring earned her Woman International Master title in 1977 and won a tie-break match in December 1975 to qualify for a spot in the 1976 Women’s Interzonal held in Roosendaal, Holland. She played in twelve USA Women’s Championships between 1974 and 1985 and represented the USA in five Chess Olympiads between 1974 and 1982. 

Ruth served as an elected official at US Chess between 2009 and 2016 and has also been an official for CalChess (Northern California Chess Association) since 2009. She is also a former Secretary of the FIDE Verification Committee having served on the commission from 2010 until 2014. She has been the appointed Zone President for Zone 2.1 since August 2016. 

Her accomplishments while at US Chess included settling litigations, facilitating the pay-off of major debts, and instilling fiscal discipline and planning which resulted in first a balanced budget and then later in a budget surplus and increased membership growth. She was instrumental in the creation of the US Girls Championship as a national event which is now hosted annually by the St. Louis Chess Club in conjunction with the US Junior Championships.

While she was President, US Chess was restructured and realigned to bring the operational programs in line with the new mission and vision of the organisation.

Ruth has a technology management background and holds a BS in Psychology. She worked at IBM for 13 years where she specialized in turning around troubled software development projects and implementing the internal Project Management Certification Program. She then worked as a technology manager at eBay as well as at other Silicon Valley companies as a Program Manager with a specialty in International Acquisitions. She is now an independent management consultant providing technology and management consulting services to her clients.