World Mind Sports Games
The World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) is a quadrennial multi-sport event created by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) as a "stepping stone on the path of introducing a third kind of Olympic Games (after the Summer and the Winter Olympics)". The Games are considered to be very prestigious and are the equivalent of the Olympics for Bridge, Chess, Go, and Draughts.
The inaugural 2008 World Mind Sports Games were held in Beijing from October 3 to 18, about two months after the Summer Olympics and one month after the Paralympics. Five mind sports participated in the first Games: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), go (weiqi), and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Thirty-five gold medals were contested by 2,763 competitors from 143 countries.
In addition to the quadrennial WMSG, the International Mind Sports Association also organises the SportAccord World Mind Games, whose "first annual" edition was held in Beijing, December 2011. The SportAccord Games have fewer and smaller events with cash prizes.
Mathematical games are also planned to be present at 2012 WMSG, in the form of a contest between national teams.
More than half of the 2008 participants were bridge players, partly because the World Bridge Federations transferred some important quadrennial competitions to the WMSG, especially the Open and Women flights of its World Team Olympiad.[a]
In 2004 there had been in the main continuing events 72 Open and 43 Women "Olympiad" entries (national teams-of-four with six players on most squads). Under the Minds Sports rubric in Beijing there were 71 and 54 entries, about 700 players. The one-time, similar tournament with a 28 years age limit attracted another 400 players.
|2008||I||Beijing, China||3–18 October|
|2012||II||Lille, France||9–23 August|
|2016||III||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||TBD|
The Games were originally intended to convene sometime after the Summer Olympics (and Paralympics) in the same city or at least the same country, using some of the same facilities. The inaugural Games did use the Olympic Village in Beijing about two months after the Olympics and one month after the Paralympics. However, this intention was not carried out in 2012, as Lille was chosen as host of the WMSG for the year that the Summer Olympics were held in London, Great Britain.
For 2016, the Olympic host Brazil early on expressed an interest in hosting the third WMSG. At the closing ceremony of the 2012 games, Rio de Janeiro was indeed announced as hosts for the 2016 event.
All-time medal table
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- The third flight, contesting the Senior International Cup, also moved as a non-medal event sharing the same venues.
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