Arbiters

Tony RichTony Rich, IA
Chief Arbiter
International Arbiter (2013)
International Organizer (2010)
Senior Tournament Director

Tony Rich has served as the executive director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis since 2008. Rich is recognized by the U.S. Chess Federation as a Senior Tournament Director and has been licensed as an International Arbiter by FIDE, one of only 22 FIDE International Organizers in the nation. In addition to his role as the chief arbiter in 2015, Rich has served as either Chief or Deputy Arbiter in more than 10 national championship events since 2009 and organized dozens of elite matches, exhibitions and other international events.

Rich has traveled extensively to broaden the impact of the Club while helping to establish Saint Louis as the burgeoning capital of chess. He is a member of the FIDE Swiss Pairing Program Committee and the USCF International Relations Committee, and has served as the head of delegation for the American teams at three World Team Championships. In 2009 and again in 2010, the U.S. Chess Federation recognized Rich as the Organizer of the Year.

Tony is an amateur photographer and journalist and has covered many events, including the 2010 World Team Championship (Bursa, Turkey), 2011 FIDE Olympiad (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) and 2011 World Team Championship (Ningbo, China). His contributions can be seen in Chess Life Magazine, Chess Life Online and various chess websites. Tony also worked as the editor for the Missouri Chess Bulletin and has served on the MCA board of directors, on and off, since 2006.


Mike KummerMike Kummer, FA
Assistant Arbiter
FIDE Arbiter (2015)
Senior Tournament Director

Mike Kummer has served as an arbiter, instructor, tournament director and assistant manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis since 2008. Mike is recognized by the U.S. Chess Federation as a Senior Tournament Director and has been licensed as a FIDE Arbiter by FIDE. 

Mike was the Assisant Arbiter of the Open Section of Millionaire Chess 2 in Las Vegas. He also was the Deputy Arbiter at the 2015 Sinquefield Cup and the 2016 U.S. Championship. This is Mike's second consecutive year acting as Assistant Arbiter at the U.S. Junior Closed Championship.