Meet the Arbiters

Carol JareckiCarol Jarecki, IA, NTA
Chief Arbiter
International Arbiter (1984)
National Tournament Director

Chief Arbiter for the U.S. and U.S. Women's Championship, Carol Jarecki’s credentials are extensive. Awarded the International Arbiter title by FIDE in 1984 she served as deputy in several Olympiads and Candidates matches as well as the FIDE World Championship in Lyon, France, 1990, and Las Vegas 1999. Carol was Chief Arbiter for the FIDE World Youth Festival held in Fond-du-Lac, WI, the only time it was organized in the U.S. She was also chief arbiter for the 2009, 2010 and 2013 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, all of which were held in Saint Louis.

She was Chief of the 1994 and 1995 PCA Grand Prix events in New York, the PCA World Championship match Kasparov-Anand at the top of the World Trade Center in 1995 as well as the famous IBM Deep Blue-Kasparov match in 1997. Jarecki even was arbiter for the original Kasparov-Deep Thought match in NY, the program developed by the team that then went on to work with IBM on Deep Blue. In 1989, as Chief Arbiter of the Karpov-Hjartarson FIDE World Championship Quarterfinals in Seattle, she was the first woman to serve in that position for any world-championship-cycle match. Among many other international events she has been the Chief of the annual Bermuda Open and Invitationals for the past 21 years.

As a U.S. National Tournament Director (NTD) she has covered an array of events, large and small, from National Scholastics to previous U. S. Championships. Carol is a member of the FIDE Rules and Tournament Regulations Commission. She co-authored the USCF Official Rules of Chess, 4th edition. In 1993 Carol received the USCF Distinguished Service Award and, subsequently, the initial award for the Top Tournament Director of the Year. 

Jarecki graduated from the Graduate Hospital, University of PA, with a certificate in anesthesia and worked in that field in NJ for several years before starting a family and spending seven years living in Europe. There she took up aviation as a hobby and has been an avid pilot ever since. She has two daughters, one living in Sydney, Australia, the other in the British Virgin Islands. Her son, John, once the youngest U.S. Master at age 12, lives in New York City.


Tracey VibbertTracey Vibbert, IA
Deputy Arbiter
International Arbiter (2014)
Senior Tournament Director

Tracey Vibbert, the deputy arbiter for the 2016 U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship, is an International Arbiter (awarded 2014) and a US Chess Senior Tournament Director (2011). She has served as an arbiter for various events including the 2015 US Championship, 2015 US Women's Championship, and the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. 

In addition to being a tournament director and arbiter, Tracey is the FIDE ratings officer for the US Chess Federation and is also a co-founder of the Evansville Scholastic Chess Association in her hometown
of Evansville, Indiana.