The Chief arbiter of Prague International Chess Festival is IA Pavel Votruba. He was born in Benešov near Prague on 23. 9. 1948 and his chess career started in Slavoj Vinohrady (now Rapid Praha). He played for the Czechoslovakian national team at World University Championship in 1968 and 1969. Pavel Votruba won the international tournament in Prievidza in 1973, shared 1st place in Berlin in 1985, took the second prize in Budapest in 1983 and finished 3rd in Wijk aan Zee B tournament in the same year. He was awarded the International master title in 1993. He also won the titles of the champion of the Czech Republic in team competitions for Dopravní podnik Praha and ÚDA Praha (now Dukla Praha).
Besides having a rich career as a player Pavel Votruba is one of the most respected and accomplished chess arbiters as well. He achieved the International Arbiter title in 1994 and since 2013 is the holder of a category A license. He was in charge of countless top chess events, one example for all being the Chief arbiter in Wijk aan Zee since 2009.