The World Mind Sports Games

The World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) is a quadrennial event that was founded by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) which consists of competitions for sports that are classified as mind-sports.

The first World Mind Sports Games was held in Beijing from October 3 to 18 in 2008. The event took place about two months after the Summer Olympics.

Five mind-sports, Chess, Bridge, Draughts (Checkers), Weiqi (Go), and Xiangqi (Chinese chess), were contested as a part of the first two games. In future, Poker is also planned to be added as a part of the games. Sever mathematical games are also in the works to be included.

A total of 35 medal events were conducted for the five sports in the first edition. China dominated the event winning 12 gold medals and a total of 26 medals.

In the second edition of the games, chess was not included as a medal event. The Chinese dominated Xiangqi winning all five gold medals and 13 out of the 15 total medals. Go belonged to Chinese Taipaei who won four gold medals and 11 of 15 medals.

The second edition of the event took place in Lille, France from August 9 to 23 in 2012. The third edition of the game is scheduled to be held inĀ  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 after the Summer Olympics


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