Mind Sports

Mind Sports consists of a family of sports in which the objective is to test mental strength rather than physical strength. The term "Mind Sports Olympiad" was first used in 1997 to describe a set of games that constituted Olympics for the mind.

Chess is a challenging board game that falls under the family of mind sports. It requires intense thinking in which the players stay glued to the board, hardly ever taking their eyes off, for several hours. Another board game that fits the mind sports bill is backgammon. The game of Go (also called Weiqi) is a popular mind sport in Asian countries. There are some who consider these board games sports, or at least worthy of being on a sports program. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, three board game tournaments (chess, xiangqi and go) were on the official program.

All activities that require mental calculation or high levels of memory are all part of the mind sports family. Memory sports are contested, biannually in the Mental Calculation World Cup and annually in the World Memory Championships.

Card games too? Bridge, poker ...

Some of the other games are the Rubik's cube and Sudoku, which have major competitions like the World Rubik's Cube Championships and the World Sudoku Championship.

Speed reading, computer programming, e-Sports (which is a new term used for all video games based competitions), spelling bee, and geographic bee, all fall under the mind sports category.

Recently speed-texting, which involves sending text messages using a phone has also be accepted as a part of mind sports.

Some Mind Sports

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