Tomáš Oral (born December 24, 1977) is a chess Grandmaster from the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Oral
Full nameTomáš Oral
CountryCzech Republic
Born (1977-12-24) December 24, 1977 (age 42)
FIDE rating2494 (February 2020)
Peak rating2565 (July 2004)


Oral started playing chess aged five when his father taught him the rules.[1] Oral won the European under-14 championships in 1991 and was fifth at the under-20 world championships.[2] He became Grandmaster in 1999.

He participated twice in the European Team Chess Championships, playing on top board in 2001 and finishing with 3½ points from 8 games.[3] He played four Chess Olympiads in a row (between 1998 and 2004), recording the best individual results in 2002 with 6½ points from 10 games.[4] He won several international tournaments.

In 2001, during a simul game between Garry Kasparov and four Czech national team members, Oral was the only Czech to beat the world champion.

In the recent years, he has reduced his chess activities.


  1. ^ "Talent? Jen deset procent, říká Oral" (in Czech). October 25, 2001.
  2. ^ "Tomáš Oral: Šachy se hodně zrychlily" (in Czech). Masaryk University Brno. March 17, 2006.
  3. ^ Tomáš Oral's European team championships results at the web
  4. ^ Tomáš Oral's Chess Olympiads results at the web

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