Delfín Burdío Gracia (1934-2005)
Press release of 20th July 2005
Since yesterday evening at 22:30 chess' community is poorer, afterwards the unexpected death of the President of IBCA Delfín Burdío Gracia.
The Spanish President passed over at the age of 71 years, in action - near chess which he loved and served for 57 years without pause. He had been President of the IBCA the last 13 years.
It was a great life the one of the deceased President. He created a big family with 6 children, and many grandchildren, he fought to support the right to freedom in the years after Civil Spanish war, he also fought for the rights for the persons with disabilities in Spain, he organised many chess events in Spain and abroad and he settled the bases for the development and stabilization of IBCA in the Universal chess society.
With him were his wife, his daughter in low and 4 of his grandchildren who had come with him to this event.
Always smile, giving advices - we felt safe and sure because he was around us - joking, giving courage and telling stories of the good old times, created a friendly and familial environment and making each and everyone feel comfortably and nice. He loved every beautiful think, he lived every moment!
His absence has left profound sadness in everyone participating in this event and pledges to us the younger not only a contact example to follow but as well the duty to do always the better we can for the chess world.