2008 World Mind Sports Games

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UK players for the Individual Women's Go competition at the first World Mind Sports Games, 2008 in Beijing

The first World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) were held in Beijing, China from October 3 to 18, 2008, about two months after the Olympic Games.[1][2][3] They were sponsored and organised by the International Mind Sports Association with the General Administration of Sport of China and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport.[4][5]

Five mind sports participated in the first Games: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), go (weiqi), and xiangqi (Chinese chess).[6][7] Thirty-five gold medals were contested by 2,763 competitors from 143 countries.[8]

According to the World Bridge Federation, it incorporated the World Team Olympiad (1960–2004) and some established youth events in the Games "as the stepping stone on the path of introducing a third kind of Olympic Games (after the 'regular' Olympics and the Paralympics)".[9]



The World Bridge Federation organized eleven events in Beijing that constituted the "World Bridge Games" including nine WMSG medal events. Six were among the established world bridge championships contested in even-number years.[a] The other three were for "youth" under age 28, a one-time compromise.[9][b] More than 1400 players participated, about half of all players in the Games. Entries from European Bridge League countries[c] won 22 of the 27 medals, led by Norway with six medals including two gold.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
WMSG medalists in bridge
Open Teams Italy Italy  England Norway Norway
Women Teams  England China China United States United States
Open Individual Norway Tor Helness Norway Geir Helgemo Russia Andrey Gromov
Women Individual Sweden Catarina Midskog France Anne-Fréderique Lévy China Yan Ru
Youth Individual Turkey Salih Murat Anter Romania Radu Nistor Norway Lars Arthur Johansen
Youth Pairs Turkey Mehmet Remzi Şakirler / Melih Osman Şen Israel Lotan Fisher / Ron Haim Schwartz Poland Joanna Krawczyk / Piotr Tuczyński
under-28 Teams Norway Norway  Poland China China
under-26 Teams Denmark Denmark  Poland Norway Norway
under-21 Teams France France  England China China

Two other events were continued by the WBF from its quadrennial "Olympiad" program, as part of its new "World Bridge Games" but separate from the WMSG (non-medal events sharing the facilities). Japan won the third Senior International Cup, for national teams of seniors (age 58+). 'Yeh Bros' from Chinese Taipei won the second Transnational Mixed Teams, for teams of any nationality comprising mixed pairs, one man and one woman.[10]


The World Chess Federation organized ten events in Beijing, all of them in rapid or blitz chess.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Individual Blitz Ukraine Martyn Kravtsiv Ukraine Yuriy Drozdovsky Greece Hristos Banikas
Women's Individual Blitz Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova China Hou Yifan
Men's Individual Rapid China Bu Xiangzhi Ukraine Anton Korobov Singapore Zhang Zhong
Women's Individual Rapid Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova China Zhao Xue China Huang Qian
Mixed Pairs Blitz Ecuador Carlos Matamoros Franco / Martha Fierro India Krishnan Sasikiran / Tania Sachdev Ukraine Valeriy Aveskulov / Tatjana Vasilevich
Mixed Pairs Rapid China Ni Hua / Hou Yifan Vietnam Dao Thien Hai / Le Kieu Thien Kim Iran Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami / Atousa Pourkashiyan
Men's Teams Blitz Hungary Hungary China China Ukraine Ukraine
Women's Teams Blitz Russia Russia China China Vietnam Vietnam
Men's Teams Rapid China China Ukraine Ukraine  Iran
Women's Teams Rapid China China Ukraine Ukraine Russia Russia


Under the auspices of the World Draughts Federation 288 players participated in five medal events in Beijing. There was a strong regional showing as twelve of the fifteen medals were won by players from Russia, Latvia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
International Draughts 100sq (Men) Russia Alexander Georgiev Russia Alexander Getmanski Latvia Guntis Valneris
International Draughts 100sq (Women) Latvia Zoja Golubeva Netherlands Tanja Chub Russia Tamara Tansykkuzhina
Russian Draughts 64sq (Women) Ukraine Viktoriya Motrichko Moldova Elena Miskova Moldova Julia Romanskaia
Brazilian Draughts 64sq (Men) Russia Oleg Dashkov Moldova Ion Dosca Ukraine Sergey Belosheev
Checkers (Mixed) United States Alex Moiseyev Barbados Ron King Latvia Raivis Paegle


Under the auspices of the International Go Federation 560 players participated in six medal events in Beijing. South Korea won half of the 18 medals and all were swept by competitors from Eastern Asia.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Individual South Korea Kang Dongyun 7p[d] South Korea Park Jungsang 9p China Li Zhe 6p
Women's Individual China Song Ronghui 1p South Korea Lee Minjin 5p South Korea Pak Chi-eun 9p
Open North Korea Jo Tae-Won 7d [11] South Korea Ham Youngwoo 7d South Korea Lee Yong Hee 6d
Men's Team South Korea South Korea China China Japan Japan
Women's Team China China South Korea South Korea Japan Japan
Pair Go China Huang Yizhong 7pFan Weijing 2p Chinese Taipei Chou Chun-Hsun 9pHsieh Yi-Min 4p South Korea On So Jin 4pLee Ha Jin 3p


Xiangqi, or "Chinese chess", was the fifth sport to participate in Beijing, where 125 players participated in five events. Although the World Xiangqi Federation was not a member of IMSA at the time, the sport was included in the Beijing games as a traditional Chinese sport with a large number of players, especially in China. The host country won all five gold medals.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Rapid (Men) China Wang Yang China Jiang Chuan Hong Kong Zhao Ruquan
Individual (Women) China Wang linna China Zhao Guanfang Vietnam Ngo Lan Huong
Individual (Men) China Xu Yinchuan China Hong Zhi Malaysia Look Kongdwa
Team (Women) China China Australia Australia Vietnam Vietnam
Team (Men) China China Vietnam Vietnam Hong Kong Hong Kong


Teams from the host country China won one-quarter of the 105 medals, including one-third of the gold.

  *   Host nation (China)

1 China (CHN)*128626
2 Russia (RUS)4138
3 South Korea (KOR)2439
 Ukraine (UKR)2439
5 Norway (NOR)2136
6 Turkey (TUR)2002
7 England (ENG)1203
8 Bulgaria (BUL)1102
 France (FRA)1102
10 Latvia (LAT)1023
11 United States (USA)1012
12 Denmark (DEN)1001
 Ecuador (ECU)1001
 Hungary (HUN)1001
 Italy (ITA)1001
 North Korea (PRK)1001
 Sweden (SWE)1001
18 Vietnam (VIE)0235
19 Moldova (MDA)0213
 Poland (POL)0213
21 Australia (AUS)0101
 Barbados (BAR)0101
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0101
 India (IND)0101
 Israel (ISR)0101
 Netherlands (NED)0101
 Romania (ROU)0101
28 Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)0022
 Iran (IRN)0022
 Japan (JPN)0022
31 Greece (GRE)0011
 Malaysia (MAS)0011
 Singapore (SIN)0011
Totals (33 nations)353535105

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  1. ^ World-level bridge competition comprises some series contested every two years, some every four years, thus in odd-number or even-number years but not both.
  2. ^ Youth events are defined by age under 26 (U26) and age under 21 (U21).
    • A mid-summer notice implies that one-time compromise will be extended to feature U28 youth at least once more in 2012. See the main article for more information. Clarification is anticipated for mid-November.
  3. ^ Several national bridge organizations from the Mediterranean and Western Asia are members of the European Bridge League Archived 2012-05-05 at the Wayback Machine..
  4. ^ The numbers and letters after the players' names refer to their professional or amateur ranks.


  1. ^ First World Mind Sports Games to be held in Beijing. news.xinhuanet.com
  2. ^ China to host Bridge Games Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. The News–International, Pakistan.
  3. ^ Beijing hosts first 'Mind Games', BBC News, 3 October 2008, by Shirong Chen. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  4. ^ A successful first edition of The World Mind Sports Games. International Mind Sports Association.
  5. ^ Introduction of the 2008 World Mind Sports Games Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine.. British Go Association. No date. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
    • Evidently this is a translation from Chinese.
  6. ^ The first international mind sports games "IMSA Cup". FIDE (chess).
  7. ^ China to host 2008 World Mind Sports Games Archived 2012-07-09 at Archive.is. latestchess.com
  8. ^ 2008 WMSG Results. 2008 WMSG. Confirmed 2011-05-25.
  9. ^ a b World Bridge Games Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.. World Bridge Federation (WBF). Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  10. ^ 2008 World Mind Sports Games Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.. WBF coverage of the bridge competitions. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  11. ^ "British Go News - Overseas Results". British Go Association. 2008-10-10.

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