December 3, 2021
Marek Vokáč (December 6, 1958, Prague - November 14, 2021) was a Czech international chess grandmaster (since 2000), a champion of the Czech Republic from 1999 and the second from 1995. According to his own statement, Marek Vokáč played chess from the age of five. He represented for the first time at the age of fifteen at the 1974 Pioneer Sports Olympics, where the Czechoslovak team won before the Soviet Union. Due to the minimal opportunities to participate in international tournaments under the communist regime, Vokáč did not become an international champion until 1988 and became a grandmaster at the age of forty-two, which is often the exception at this age. Vokáč has successfully participated in many tournaments. For example, it was the first in Prague in 1988, in České Budějovice 1996, 2000 and 2003, in Třinec 1998, in Karviná 2001, in Znojmo and Havlíčkův Brod 2004, in Prague and Teplice 2006, in Žďár nad Sázavou and in Český Krumlov 2007 and in Říčany 2008. In the years 1990–1992 he worked as the editor-in-chief of the Czechoslovak Chess magazine and since 1990 he has held a number of positions in various bodies of the Czechoslovak Chess Association for fourteen years and after 1993 in the Chess Association of the Czech Republic, mainly in coaching and representation. In February 2011, he was elected vice-president of the union and chairman of its Coaching and Methodological Commission. Europe in Pula 1995, Batumi 1997 and Leon 1999. In Batumi 1997 and Leon 1999 he was also the playing captain of the men's team. As a player, he participated in the Chess Olympics in Bled in 2002.