He was born on May 11, 1921. He completed elementary school in Budapest at the hard of hearing school. Since 1940 he has been trained in an artisan and turn-key profession. He worked for the United Bulb Factory for 42 years until his retirement until 1981.

He was 18 years old when he was elected to the Siketek SC (SSC) Council, and was first a table tennis division leader. Between 1955, he became secretary to the SSC, and from 1956 to 8 years, the chairman of the SSC.

Member between 1964 and 1986, Chairman of the International Committee of Silent Chess (ICSC), from 1986 to 1994.

In 1993, he founded the Hearing Impaired Chess Federation of Hungary (HMS), which he chaired until 1996. In his old age, he often went to school for deaf people in Budapest to hold chess lessons for children.

He is married, has two sons, 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchild.

In 1995 Gábor Vida initiated the first deaf international women’s chess tournament in Csopak.

During its presidency ICSC membership with Soviet chess players was extended.


1981: Hungarian People’s Republic Presidential Council, Work Order (Bronze Degree)

1987: Council of Ministers of the Hungarian People’s Republic, Sport Medal (Bronze Degree)

1990: memorial medal of András Cházár (gold grade)

1992: Hungarian Chess Federation Honorary President

1992: Dick Sports Club Honorary President

1994: Honorary Chairman of ICSC

1995: Hungarian Medal of Honor

1998: ICSC medal (gold grade)