Tony Rich Commentator Tony Rich is the Executive Director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. On Chess: How to earn a chess title By Tony Rich • Feb 15, 2017 Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis Many readers may be familiar with such titles as Grandmaster (GM) and International Master (IM), but what do they mean? Why are they important? How does an aspiring player earn them? A banner year for St. Louis Chess By Tony Rich • Dec 27, 2011 courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis 2011 has been a banner year for Chess in the city of Saint Louis. The United States Chess Federation named Saint Louis “Chess City of the Year” in 2011 for all of the hard work we’ve put in to promote the game of chess both locally and nationally.