2012 World Mind Sports Games

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The 2012 World Mind Sports Games were held in Lille, France, from 9 to 23 August 2012.[1] The meet started during the 2012 Summer Olympics and ending shortly before the 2012 Summer Paralympics, both in London. This was the second rendition of the World Mind Sports Games, inaugurated 2008 in Beijing.

More than half of the gold medals at the 2nd Games were contested at draughts and Russia, with the strongest draughts squad, won the most gold and most overall medals. China won five gold medals—all five events contested at xiangqi. Chinese Taipei won four gold medals—four of the five events contested at go.

There were about 2000 players from 95 nations[1]—down from 2,763 competitors and 143 countries at the 1st Games.

Bridge[edit]

There were only three WMSG medal events at contract bridge in the 2nd Games, down from nine for bridge at the 2008 World Mind Sports Games. One other World Bridge Federation (WBF) event with world championship status was contested on site, the World Mixed Teams Championship—for transnational mixed teams, which field male–female pairs only. The main events were parallel tournaments for Open, Women, and Seniors national teams—4 to 6 players, some with a non-playing captain and/or a coach (that is, the events of the quadrennial World Team Olympiad, 1960 to 2004, retrospectively termed the 1st to 12th World Bridge Games). They were conducted over the full 14 days of competition; the Mixed Teams over the latter 7 days, alongside the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches of the main events.

Seven WMSG medal events from 2008 were not repeated as part of the "2nd World Mind Games, 14th World Bridge Games" (as WBF called the meet). Open, Women, and Youth Individual events and under-28 Teams were not repeated anywhere. Youth Pairs, u-26 Teams, and u-21 Teams were contested at separate all-Youth meets—along with u-26 Girls Teams, which was not part of the 1st Games.

The world championship for national Seniors Teams (World Team Olympiad#Senior International Cup), which had been a WMSG non-medal event alongside the Open and Women flights in 2008, was now a WMSG medal event. Beside the Mixed Teams world championship, there were lesser side events.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
World Bridge Games medalists[2]
Team (Open)  Sweden  Poland  Monaco [3] -->
Team (Women)  England  Russia  Poland [4] -->
Team (Seniors)  Hungary  United States  France [5] -->

Only 60 and 43 nations entered the Open and Women flights, down from 71 and 54 at the 1st Games. The Seniors field, now a WMSG medal event as well as WBF world championship, increased from 32 to 34 entries.[6] [7]

The six gold and bronze medalists all won their concluding matches comfortably, in the end (scores no closer than 170–118 in 80 deals, the Women bronze medal match).[8] [9] [10]

The European Bridge League, with about half of all entries, placed 7 teams in both the Open and Women quarterfinals, all 4 teams in those medal rounds; 6 quarterfinalists and 3 semifinalists in the Seniors flight. The other quarterfinalists were USA in the Open and Seniors, Indonesia in the Women and Seniors.[2]

Participation[3]

65 bridge nations were represented by at least one Open, Women, or Seniors team; 30 entered all three flights. The Open field of 60 included 30 from the European Bridge League (whose latest championship for national teams ... how many teams?). There were 43 in the Women field including four that did not enter the Open: Lebanon, Palestine, Indonesia (a championship contender), and the Philippines. There were 34 in the Seniors including one that did not enter either of the other flights: Hungary, which won the Seniors championship!

See also Bridge at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games#Participation.

Chess[edit]

There were no WMSG medal events in chess at the 2nd Games.

One website devoted to chess treated the inaugural SportAccord World Mind Games, December 2011 in Beijing, as the second rendition of the World Mind Sports Games, inaugurated October 2008 in Beijing.[4]

"The World Mind Sports Games were first held in 2008 in Beijing. After a long pause the tournament returns in the chess calendar stronger than ever.
This year the World Mind Games has moved to a new level. Now they are being organized and held by a famous and respectable organization called SportAccord, the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as a major organizers of conferences and sporting events."

There were "Rapid" tournaments, 25-minute or 5-minute, on the first Saturday, second Friday, and second Sunday at least.

On first Sunday afternoon, the third day of the competitive program, International Grand Master Tigran Gharamian played simultaneous matches at 30 tables, against a field including many children as young as age six.[5] (The chess program at the 2nd Games was largely instructional.) There was a second simultaneous display featuring Gharamian on the second Saturday morning. Gharamian was a local player, a 28-year-old Armenian who had emigrated to Lille ten years earlier. [6] Gharamian defeated all 30 players in the first session and 20 of 22 in the second session.[7]

There was at least one "Youth Tournament" and one Blitz tournament.[8]

  • Daily Bulletin (directory, 15 WBF and 14 IMSA issues). World Bridge Federation (WBF). 9–23 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-16.

Draughts[edit]

The 2nd Games included 16 WMSG medal events in draughts. Squads from Netherlands, Russia, and Ukraine won at least three gold medals. Individual medalists included Alexei Chizhov, Roel Boomstra, Nina Hoekman, and Alexander Schwarzman.

The World Draughts Federation (FMJD)[9] officially announced the roster of 16 events and the conditions ("without any support for hospitality and travel") only five months in advance.[10] The two checker draught events, for men and women, were world championship qualification tournaments and were supported by prizes including 1000 euro for first place.[11]

8 disciplines, 2 events each[12]
Conclusion  Discipline
Fri. 10 to
Sat. 18 August[13] 
World cup
Mon. 20 W ch. Rapid
Tue. 21 64
Tue. 21 W ch. Rapid nations 
Wed. 22 Blitz
Wed. 22 Checkers
Wed. 22 W ch.
Thu. 23 W Blitz nations

The main event of the draughts program covering the first nine days was the Draughts World Cup, a 9-round Swiss tournament in which every match yields a winner by 12-0, 9-3, 8-4, or 7-5 score—depending on whether 0, 1, 2, or 3 tie-breaks generate the winner. The final standings show 82 Open players, 39 Women.[14]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Draughts World Cup
Open  Russia
Alexey Chizhov
 Russia
Alexander Schwarzman
 Netherlands
Roel Boomstra
Women  Belarus
Olga Fedorovich
 Netherlands
Nina Hoekman
 Poland
Natalia Sadowska

Go[edit]

Five WMSG medal events were included in the 2nd Games.[15] The Chinese Taipei squad won 11 of 15 medals, including four gold.[16]

South Korea and China had won 14 of the 18 medals in the six events contested at the 1st Games in Beijing; North Korea 1 medal. They did not compete in the 2nd Games. Nor did the only Chinese Taipei medalist in Beijing, the silver medal Pair.

Go events were held over eleven days, 13 to 23 August (last 11 days of the 14-day Open Teams bridge tournament). The Individual tournaments for Men and Women were contested 13–16 August, the Teams competition 17–19 August, the Youth and Pair events 20–23 August.

The Men, Women, and Pair events, at least, were repeats from 2008; the Youth event new. The Team event replaced Open, Men's Team, and Women's Team events.

78 men and 38 women played five rounds to qualify four semifinalists each. Both preliminary leaders won the gold medals.[11] [12]

30 teams played five rounds in two groups to qualify two semifinalists from each group. There were 21 nations represented, nine in both groups, and both Chinese Taipei teams won their groups.[13]

20 mixed pairs (male–female) played five rounds in two groups to qualify two semifinalists from each group. There were 14 nations represented, six in both groups, and both Chinese Taipei teams won their groups. But the Group A runners-up beat the A winners in the gold medal match.[14]

43 youth played five rounds to qualify four semifinalists. Again the preliminary runner-up beat the prelim winner in the gold medal match.[15]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men Chinese Taipei Lai Yu-Cheng Chinese Taipei Kuo Nai-Fu Chinese Taipei Lo Sheng-Chieh
Women Chinese Taipei Lin Hsiao-Tung Japan Maya Osawa Canada Sarah Yu
Teams  Chinese Taipei  Chinese Taipei  Singapore
Youth (under-21) Chinese Taipei Kuo Nai-Fu Chinese Taipei Tsai Cheng-Wei Chinese Taipei Hsu Hao-Hung
Pairs (female–male) Japan Maya Osawa
  – Riki Nakasone
Chinese Taipei Lin Hsiao-Tung
  – Hung Hsin-Wei
Chinese Taipei Lu Yu-Hua
  – Lai Yu-Cheng

Xiangqi[edit]

Five WMSG medal events were included in the 2nd Games. China won 13 of 15 medals.

The World Xiangqi Federation (WXF)[17] shows "News from Europe" that players from China squad won all six medals in the two Rapid events (women and men) completed 11 August.[18]

China also won all six medals in the two individual events, with only one change in personnel from the Rapid events. Its Individual Men gold and silver medalists won the Teams (two players) followed by Vietnam and Hong Kong.[19]

There was one change from the five events contested in 2008, Rapid (Women) in place of Team (Women).

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Rapid (Women)[18] China Li Chun Chen China Dan Tang China Bing Han
Individual (Women)[19] China Li Chun Chen China Dan Tang China Bing Han
Rapid (Men)[18] China Jing Xie China Chuan Jiang China Qiang Zhang
Individual (Men)[19] China Chunlin Wan China Jing Xie China Qiang Zhang
Team (Men)[19]  China  Vietnam  Hong Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Mind Sports Games 2012" (microsite). International Mind Sports Association (IMSA). Retrieved 2014-08-28.
    •  "Daily Report of competitions", with 14 linked daily bulletins. 10–23 August 2012.
    •  "List of Medallists", preface with linked table. 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "2nd World Mind Games: 14th World Bridge Games" (microsite). World Bridge Federation (WBF). 9–23 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  3. ^ Registration – Participants: Open/Women/Seniors. WBF. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  4. ^ "Chess – World Mind Sports Games 2011". Chessdom.com. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  5. ^ "The Chess Simultaneous Event". Eleuthère Moreau, chess host. Daily Bulletin, The 2nd WMSG. Issue 4 (14 August 2012), p. 3.
  6. ^ "Meet the Grandmaster", Issue 7 (17 Aug), p. 2.
  7. ^ "The Chess Simultaneous Event 2", Eleuthère Moreau (in translation), Issue 12 (22 Aug), p. 5.
  8. ^ Issue 8, p. 2.
  9. ^ FMJD (homepage). World Draughts Federation (fmjd.org). Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  10. ^ (letter to FMJD members). 12 March 2012. 2014-08-28.
  11. ^ (notice). FMJD Checkers Section. 4 April 2012. 2014-08-28.
  12. ^ a b "Medals". IMSA. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  13. ^ [1] World Cup Draughts (two events at 2nd Games). 2014-08-28.
  14. ^ explained briefly p4. #2. Medalists p1. Prose blurb p3. Final standings for 82 open, 39 women p5. #9
  15. ^ "2nd World Mind Sports Games: Go Competition". World Mind Sports Games 2012 (wmsg2012.org). Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  16. ^ Medal Tables (Go). 2014-08-28.
  17. ^ [2] (english homepage). World Xiangqi Federation (wxf.ca). Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  18. ^ a b c "Results of WMSG Rapid Tournaments". News from Europe. WXF. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  19. ^ a b c d "More result of World Mind Sports Games 2012". News from Europe. WXF. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-28.