International Wargames Federation

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The International Wargames Federation (IWF)is the international body uniting national wargaming federations and was founded in 1991.

The IWF members are part of a greater movement toward integration of Mind Sports in the regular sports arena.

International Wargames Federation
Abbreviation IWF
Formation October 3, 1991; 22 years ago (1991-10-03)
Type Sports federation
Legal status
Association not for gain
Purpose Promotion of tactical and strategic games
Headquarters Germiston, South Africa
Official language
English
Main organ
General Meeting
Website http://theiwf.wordpress.com/

History[edit]

The International Wargames Federation, which was founded by the Derby Wargames Club and Mind Sports South Africa in 1991. It is the international controlling body for historical miniatures games other types of wargames and promotes all wargames on a worldwide level.

As a result of the International Wargames Federation being formed, members like Mind Sports South Africa have been allowed to affiliate with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, and award officially accredited national colours to players who represent South Africa in official test matches and world championships.

World Championships[edit]

Today world 'championships' are played annually.

The World Championships have been played at the following locations:

  • 1997 - Old Edwardian Society, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1999 - The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2000 - Epsom College, Epsom, United Kingdom
  • 2001 - Epsom College, Epsom, United Kingdom
  • 2002 - Blue Waters Hotel, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003 - New Orleans, United States of America
  • 2004 - Rome, Italy
  • 2005 - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006 - Gazza, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 - Marine Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 2008 - Helsinki, Finland
  • 2009 - Crown Plaza, Alexandria, USA
  • 2010 - Athens, Greece
  • 2011 - Wellington, new Zealand
  • 2012 - Blue Waters Hotel, Durban, South Africa
  • 2013 - Pretoria Boys High School, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2014 - Hotel Victoria, Maseru, Lesotho

Games/periods played[edit]

The most popular competition periods for World Championships are:

World Champions[edit]

World Champions are:

ANCIENTS (DBM) - MALE

Date Name of player flag Member
1997 Iain McNeil  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
1999 Terry Shaw  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2000 Simon Hall  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2001 Iain McNeil  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2002 Simon Hall  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2003 Terry Shaw  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2004 Simon Hall  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2005 David Handley  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2006 Graham Evans  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2007 James Hamilton  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2008 Jason Broomer  United Kingdom (British Historical Games Society)
2009 Hannu Uusitalo  Finland Finnish Historical Wargames Association
2010 Niilo Kalakoski  Finland Finnish Historical Wargames Association
2011 Mike Walsh  Australia The Society of Australian Ancients Wargamers
2012 Eugene Burger  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2013 Colin Webster  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2014 Colin Webster  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

ANCIENTS (DBM) - FEMALE

Date Name of player Flag Member
2003 Lynda Fairhurst  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2004 Lynda Fairhurst  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2005 Lynda Fairhurst  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2006 Bernice Ligault  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2007 Bernice Ligault  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2014 Elishia Retief  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

ANCIENTS (DBM) - JUNIOR MALES

Date Name of player Flag Member
2000 Andre Tonkin  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2001 Matthew Strachan  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2002 Benjamin Shulman  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2003 Angelo Stathoussis  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2004 Angelo Stathoussis  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2005 Angelo Stathoussis  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2006 Phillipe Ippolito  France Federation Francaise de Jeu d’Histoire
2007 Phillipe Ippolito  France Federation Francaise de Jeu d’Histoire
2008 Joona Tervonen  Finland Finnish Historical Wargames Association
2009 Duane Havenga  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2010 Gregory Laycock  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2012 Gregory Laycock  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2013 Adam Louw  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2014 Jason Batzofin  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

ANCIENTS (Field of Glory) - MALE

Date Name of player Flag Member
2009 Pete Dalby  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2010 Graham Evans  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2011 Shaun Drummond  New Zealand New Zealand Wargames Association

PIKE & SHOT - MALE

Date Name of player Flag Member
2000 Frederic DuFour  France Federation Francaise de Jeu d’Histoire
2001 Pete Dalby  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2002 Edward van Trotsenburg  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2003 Kevin Brewin  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2004 Pete Dalby  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2005 David Clarke  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2006 David Clarke  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2007 Charles Masefield  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2008 Charles Masefield  United Kingdom British Historical Games Society
2009 Edward van Trotsenburg  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2011 Mark Robins  Australia The Society of Australian Ancients Wargamers

PIKE & SHOT - JUNIOR MALE

Date Name of player Flag Member
2007 Duane Havenga  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

MORABARABA - SENIOR

Date Name of player Flag Member
1997 Gilbert Magabotse  South Africa South African Wargames Union
1999 Amos Mavuso  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2000 David Hlophe  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2001 David Hlophe  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2002 Simon Skhosana  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2004 Simphiwe Maphumulo  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2005 Medupe Sekao  Botswana Botswana Wargames Federation
2006 Thanos Taktikos  Greece Hellenic Wargames Federation
2007 Moses Rannyadi  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2008 Hanna Melkko  Finland Finnish Historical Wargames Association
2012 Simphiwe Maphumulo  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2013 Simphiwe Maphumulo  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2014 Lejone Malikoe  Lesotho Lesotho Mind Sports Association

MORABARABA - WOMEN

Date Name of player Flag Member
2005 Teresa Chen  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2007 Ledile Tshwane  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa
2008 Hanna Melkko  Finland Finnish Historical Wargames Association
2012 Zama Lathla  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

MORABARABA - JUNIOR

Date Name of player Flag Member
2002 Innocent Kubheka  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2003 Simphiwe Maphumulo  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2005 Teresa Chen  South Africa South African Wargames Union
2007 Innocent Kubheka  South Africa Mind Sports South Africa

SESOTHOMORABARABA - MALE

Date Name of player Flag Member
2014 Tatiso Khosi  Lesotho Lesotho Mind Sports Association

Presidents, past and present[edit]

Any organisation depends on the vision of the President. The term of office in the IWF, for such position is currently four years.

Period Name Country of origin
1991 to 2001 David Hutchby Britain
2001 to 2004 Lorenzo Mele Italy
2004 to 2006 Scott Nicholas Australia
2006 to 2011 James Hamilton Britain
2011 to 2013 Hannu Uusitalo Finland
2013 to present Colin Webster South Africa


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