Philip (Phil) Haley

International Arbiter (1973)

2000 Canadian Chess Hall of Fame

1977 Received Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions in the field of chess

2001 First place, Under 2000 Section, Dutton Chess Club May Day Active

1994-2001 Canada's FIDE Representative

Chair, Pairings Committee, Olympiads (1976, 1978, 1980, 1982)

1973 International Arbiter

Co-signed with Mayor Jean Drapeau Montreal's bid for the 1972 Fischer-Spassky World Championship match

1971-73 President, Chess Federation of Canada (CFC)

1959 Alberta Champion

1959-67 Chair, Chess Foundation of Canada

1956 Founding Trustee and first donor, Chess Foundation of Canada

1945 Played in Canadian Championship

Pioneered use of (controlled pairing) Swiss system of tournament pairings in Canada and at FIDE Olympiads: pioneered tournament direction, pairing philosophy and features which have become standard, e.g., methods to ensure the best players quickly rise to the top; a method of accelerated pairings; an arbiter recording whose flag fell first; and pairing rules which assign players colours automatically (avoiding coin tosses)

Active in CFC and FIDE for many years as player, tournament director, executive member

Engineer, manager at Imperial Oil for 37 years

Here is one of the first games played by a computer in a tournament:
Phil Haley - Dataline PDP-10 (MacHack 7), Labour Day Open, Toronto, Ontario, Round 3, 1969.08.31

Here are three of Phil Haley's selections for his best games:

Phil Haley - Alexis Popov, U.S. Open, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1965

Phil Haley - Leo Williams, International Open, Toronto, Ontario, 1985

Phil Haley - Bryon Nickoloff, Canadian Open, Scarborough, Ontario, 1988, Round 1

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