International Mind Sports Association
|This article is outdated. (June 2012)|
The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) is an association of the world governing bodies for contract bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), and go, namely the World Bridge Federation (WBF), World Chess Federation (FIDE), World Draughts Federation (FMJD), and International Go Federation (IGF). IMSA is a member of Sportaccord (formally the General Association of International Sports Federations) and was founded 19 April 2005 during the GAISF General Assembly. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Poker and xiangqi (Chinese chess) are affiliated sports; as of summer 2011, the International Federation of Poker (IFP) and World Xiangqi Federation (WXF) have observer status in the association. Xiangqi competition was included in the first Games and duplicate poker under the auspices of the IFP will be included in the second.
The IMSA generally pursues common aims and interests of its constituent sports. Foremost it organizes the World Mind Sport Games whose first rendition was held in Beijing, China 3–18 October 2008, about two months after the Beijing Olympic Games. The second Games in 2012 would have been formally announced 17 November during the 2011 Mind Sports Festival in London, except that they failed to secure a venue by that time. However a venue was found in Lille in France and the second World Mind Sports Games was held from 9–23 August 2012.
Long term, it hopes to establish "World Mind Sports Games by analogy with Olympics, held in Olympic host cities shortly after Winter or Summer Games, using Olympic Games facilities and volunteers. The constituent World Bridge Federation incorporated several quadrennial world bridge championships in the World Mind Sport Games because it considers the WMSG a "stepping stone on the path of introducing a third kind of Olympic Games (after the Summer and the Winter Olympics)".
SportAccord World Mind Games
IMSA inaugurated the SportAccord World Mind Games December 2011 in Beijing. At least for bridge, the meet was invitational and the events were not world championships. Beside satisfaction of the participating players and federations, the main objectives were to achieve "a worldwide TV coverage, and a large participation to the online tournament linked to the event."
There were six medal events at bridge, three each for men and women. IMSA invited 24 players, six each from four countries, to compete in three small tournaments as four national teams, twelve pairs, and 24 individuals. The women were from England (competing as "Great Britain"), France, China, and the United States ("USA"); the men from Netherlands, Norway, China, and the U.S.
- World Bridge Games. World Bridge Federation (worldbridge.org). Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- "Great Success of the 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games". IMSA (imsaworld.com). [December 2011]. Retrieved 2014-11-11. With complete list of medal winners.
Unfortunately, IMSA publishes multiple articles about the inaugural meet under the dateline "June 21, 2011". The first Games were held during December, same as the 2nd to 4th Games of 2012 to 2014.
- "Athletes List" [bridge]. Info System: Athletes. 1st SportAccord World Mind Games – Beijing 2011 (worldmindgames2011.sportresult.com). Retrieved 2014-11-11.
- Official website
- World Mind Sports Games (no date), International Mind Sports Association — early document posted at American Go Association; second copy at World Bridge Federation
- 2008wmsg.org — evidently unofficial