List of world championships in mind sports

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This page gives a list of world championships in mind sports which usually represent the most prestigious competition for a specific board game, card game or mind sport. World championships can only be held for most games or mind sports with the ratification of an official body. Some Eastern games only have amateur world championships and separate professional competitions as can be seen for Go - List of professional Go tournaments.

All-round Games Competitions[edit]

World Championships that consist of competitions across multiple events to find the strongest games all-rounders.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Abstract strategy games Abstract Games World Championship[1] Individual 2008 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2014 One year
Decamentathlon Decamentathlon World Championship[2] Individual 1997 England Martyn Hamer 2014 One year
Mind Sports The Pentamind[2] Individual 1997 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2014 One year

Card Games World Championships[edit]

World Championships in card games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Contract bridge Bermuda Bowl Teams 1950 Holland Netherlands 2013 Two years
Poker World Series of Poker Main Event Individual 1971 US Ryan Riess 2014 One year
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering World Championship Individual 1994 Israel Shahar Shenhar 2014 One year
World Magic Cup Teams 1995 France Raphaël Lévy

France Yann Guthmann
France Timothée Simonot
France Stephane Soubrier

2014 One year
Pokémon Trading Card Game Pokémon World Championships[3] Masters, Seniors, Juniors 2004 Czechia Ondrej Kujal (Junior)

Australia Kaiwen Cabbabe (Senior)
USA Jason Klacynski (Master)

2014 One year
Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game Yu-Gi-Oh World Championships Individual 2004 2014 One year

Classic / Traditional Strategy Games[edit]

Major World Championships for classic strategy board games i.e. go or oware.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Backgammon Backgammon World Championship.[4] Individual 1967 Ukraine Vyacheslav Pryadkin 2014 One year
Chess World Chess Championship[5] Individual 1886 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2014 One/two years
International draughts Draughts World Championship[6] Individual 1885 Russia Alexander Georgiev 2013
English draughts World Checkers Championship[7] Individual 1847 Italy Michele Borghetti 2015
Go World Amateur Go Championship Individual 1979 China Qiao Zhijian 2013 One year
Mahjong World Mahjong Championship Individual 2002 China Linghua Jiao (2010)
Renju Renju World Championship Individual 1989 Estonia Tunnet Taimla (2015) Two years
Shogi Shogi World Championship[8] Individual 2000 U.S.A. Paul Ogi (2009)
Xiangqi Xiangqi World Championships[9] Individual 1990 China Zhao Xinxin 2011 Two years

Mental Disciplines[edit]

Competitions using mental tests.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Memory World Memory Championships[10] Individual 1991 Sweden Johannes Mallow 2013 One year
Mental calculation Mental Calculation World Cup Individual 2004 Japan Naofumi Ogasawara 2014 Two years
Mental calculation Mind Sports Olympiad Individual 1997 England George Lane 2014 One year

Modern Abstract Strategy Games[edit]

Competitions in abstract strategy games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Arimaa Arimaa World Championship[11] Individual 2004 Great Britain Jean Daligault 2014 One year
Bōku Bōku World Championship[12] Individual 2000 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2014 One year
Entropy / Hyle Entropy World Championship[12] Individual 1997 England Andres Kuusk 2014 One year
GIPF Project Gipf World Championship Individual 2008 Holland Mathijs Booden (2008)
Kamisado Kamisado World Championship[12] Individual 2011 England David M. Pearce 2014 One Year
Lines of action LoA World Championship[12] Individual 1997 England Ankush Khandelwal 2014 One year
Morabaraba Morabaraba World Championship Individual 1997 South Africa Rannyadi Moses (2008)
Othello / Reversi World Othello Championship[12] Individual 1977 Japan Hiroki Nobukawa 2012 One year
Stratego Stratego World Championship[12] Individual 1997 Holland Pim Neimejer 2011 One year
Twixt TwixT World Championship[12] Individual 1997 Norway Jan Kristian Haugland 2014 One Year

Multiplayer Board games World Championships[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Diplomacy World Diplomacy Convention[13] Individual 1988 Unites States Thomas Haver 2015 One year
Hare and Tortoise Hare and Tortoise World Championships[12] Individual 1997 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2014 One year
Monopoly Monopoly World Championships[14][15] Individual 1973 Norway Bjørn Halvard Knappskog 2017 Four years
Settlers of Catan Catan World Championships[16] Individual 2002 Austria Herbert Schager 2014 Two years

Speaking competitions[edit]

World Championships in speaking.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Debating World Universities Debating Championship[17] Pairs 1981 Australia Nita Rao & James Beavis 2013-2014 Year
Debating in Spanish World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish (Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español)[17] Pairs 2011 Venezuela Jesús Gorrín & Alain Herrera 2011 Year

Tile Games[edit]

World Championships held in tile-based games include:

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Continuo Continuo World Championship[12] Individual 1997 Italy Maureen Hiron 2014 One year
Dominoes World Championship Domino Tournament[18]
and
Domino World Championship[19]
Individual
and
individual
1976
and
1995
U.S.A. Jerome Wooten
and
Norway Hege Lofthus
2012
and
2012
One year
and
one year
Hexago Hexago World Championship[12] Individual 2007 England David M. Pearce (2007)
Tantrix Tantrix World Championship (online)[20] Individual 1998 Hungary Tamás Gombkötő 2014 One year
Tantrix Tantrix World Open (real tiles)[21] Individual 2009 Sweden Niklas Andersson 2014 [22] One year (irregular)

Variants of classical games[edit]

Variants of classic strategy games with notable World Championships. An example of a variant of a classic game is

Chess960.

Word Games[edit]

World Championships in word games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Scrabble (English) World Scrabble Championship[23] Individual 1991 New Zealand Nigel Richards 2013 Two years
Scrabble (Spanish) Spanish World Scrabble Championship[24] Individual 1997 Venezuela Airán Pérez 2014 One year
Scrabble (French) French World Scrabble Championship Duplicate[25] Individual 1972 Switzerland David Bovet 2013 One year
Scrabble (French) French World Scrabble Championship Classic[26] Individual 2006 France Pierre-Olivier Georget 2013 One year

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abstract Games page at MSO, http://www.boardability.com/game.php?id=abstract_games, 15 February 2011
  2. ^ a b Mind Sports Olympiad Supplements, The Times, July–August 1997.
  3. ^ Pokemon 2013 World Championships, http://www.pokemonworldchampionships.com/2013/
  4. ^ Oswald Jacoby & John Crawford, The Backgammon Book, 1970, Macmillan & co
  5. ^ Weeks, M. "World Chess Championship FIDE Events 1948-1990". Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  6. ^ Chang, K. (2007-07-20). "Champion at Checkers That Cannot Lose to People". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  7. ^ History: [1][2]. "The Three-Move world title match between Alex Moiseyev (champion) and Michele Borghetti (challenger) will be held in Italy, tentatively June 26-July 7 [2013] in Fossano (northwest Italy)."[3]
  8. ^ "Shogi page". 
  9. ^ {Official Xiangqi site, http://www.wxf.org/
  10. ^ Omonira-Oyekanmi, Rebecca; Moyer, Justin (2010-09-13). "For this champion, life is (mostly) a memory game". The Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Arimaa World Championship results pages, http://arimaa.com/arimaa/wc/, 1 May 2013
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mind Sports Olympiad results pages, http://www.boardability.com/results.php, 15 February 2011
  13. ^ Peery, Larry. "A History of World DipCon". Diplomatic Corps. 
  14. ^ "Norwegian teen wins Monopoly world championship". AFP. 2009-10-23. 
  15. ^ www.worldofmonopoly.com
  16. ^ Settlers official site
  17. ^ a b World Debating website, http://www.debating.ie//
  18. ^ by Rotary Club:"World Championship Domino Tournament page". 
  19. ^ by Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): "Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): World Championship page". 
  20. ^ Tantrix official results (online) 2013 http://tournaments.tantrix.co.uk/auto/index.php?page=showph2&comp=WTC&do=final&year=2013
  21. ^ Tantrix official results 2013 http://www.tantrix.com/tournaments/index.php?page=home&comp=WTO&year=2013
  22. ^ Announcement of 5th WTO (World Tantrix Open)
  23. ^ Official Scrabble World Championship site, http://www.wscgames.com/
  24. ^ FISE Scrabble site, http://fisescrabble.org/torneos/mundiales/
  25. ^ FISF Scrabble site, http://www.fisf.net
  26. ^ FISF Scrabble site, http://www.fisf.net