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 game competitions[edit]

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

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last Held Next Held every
Abstract strategy games Abstract Games World Championship[1] Individuals 2008 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2013 2014 One year
Esports International e-Sports Federation Nations 2009  South Korea 2018 2019 One year
Decamentathlon Decamentathlon World Championship[2] Individuals 1997 England Matthew Hathrell 2017 2018 One year
Mind Sports The Pentamind[2] Individuals 1997 England James Heppell 2017 2018 One year

Classic/traditional strategy games[edit]

Major world championships for classic strategy board games, such as chess or go.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Backgammon Backgammon World Championship Individuals 1967 Japan Akiko Yazawa 2018 2019 One year
Chess World Chess Championship Individuals 1886 Norway Magnus Carlsen 2018 2020 Two years
International draughts Draughts World Championship[3] Individuals 1885 Russia Alexander Schwartzman 2017 2018 One year
English draughts World Checkers Championship Individuals 1847 Italy Sergio Scarpetta (3-Move)
South Africa Lubabalo Kondlo (GAYP)
Two years
Brazilian draughts and
Russian draughts
World Draughts-64 Championship Individuals 1985
Russia Alexander Schwarzman (Braz)
Russia Andrei Fedotov (Rus)
Two years
Go Ing Cup Individuals 1988 China Tang Weixing 2016 2020 Four years
Renju Renju World Championship Individuals 1989 Russia Vladimir Sushkov 2017 2019 Two years
Gomoku Gomoku World Championship Individuals 1989 Hungary Zoltán László 2017 2019 Two years
Shogi Meijin (shogi) Individuals 1937 Japan Amahiko Satō 2018 2019 One year
Xiangqi World Xiangqi Championship Individuals 1990 China Wang Tianyi 2017 2019 Two years

Card games[edit]

World championships in card games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Contract bridge Bermuda Bowl Teams 1950 United States United States 2017 2019 Two years
Mahjong World Mahjong Championship Individuals 2002 China Baohua Sun 2017 2019 Two years
Poker World Series of Poker Main Event Individuals 1971 United States John Cynn 2018 2019 One year
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering World Championship Individuals 1994 Spain Javier Dominguez 2018 2019 One year
World Magic Cup[4] Teams 1995 France France 2018 2019 One year
Pokémon Trading Card Game Pokémon World Championships[5] Individuals 2004

Japan Naohito Inoue (Junior)
Denmark Magnus Pedersen (Senior)
Germany Robin Schulz (Master)

2018 2019 One year
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships[6] Individuals 2004

Taiwan Wang Chia Ching
Japan Takahiro Hamada (Duel Links)
United States Charley Futch III (Junior)

2018 2019 One year
Wizard Card Game Wizard World Championship[7] Individuals 2010 Greece Vasilis Papadakis 2018 2019 One year


Official world championships in both individual and team based esports.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Arena of Valor Arena of Valor International Championship Teams 2017 Taiwan J Team (2018) 2019 One year
Arena of Valor World Cup Nations 2018 South Korea South Korea (2018) 2019 One year
Call of Duty Call of Duty Championship Teams 2013 United States Evil Geniuses (2018) 2019 One year
Clash Royale Clash Royale Crown Championship Individuals 2017 Mexico Sérgio "Sergioramos:)" Ramos (2017) - One year
Clash Royale League Teams 2018 China Nova Esports (2018) 2019 One year
Counter Strike: Global Offensive IEM - World Championships Teams 2007 Denmark Astralis (2019) 2020 One year
IeSF e-Sports World Championships Nations 2016 Finland HAVU (2018) 2019 One year
CS:GO The World Championships[8] 2015 Turkey Turkey (2016) TBD No regular schedule
Dota 2 The International Teams 2011 European Union OG (2018) 2019 One year
EA Sports FIFA FIFA eWorld Cup Individuals 2004 Saudi Arabia Mosaad "Msdossary" Aldossary (2018) 2019 One year
Hearthstone HearthStone Championship Tour Individuals 2018 Summer Canada Mihai “languagehacker” Dragalin (2018 Fall) 2018 Winter One quarter
HearthStone Global Games Nations 2017 China China (2018) 2019 One year
Heroes of the Storm Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Teams 2016 South Korea Generation Gaming (2018) 2019 One year
League of Legends League of Legends World Championship Teams 2011 China Invictus Gaming (2018) 2019 One year
League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Teams 2015 China Royal Never Give Up (2018) 2019 One year
Overwatch Overwatch World Cup Nations 2016 South Korea South Korea (2018) 2019 One year
Overwatch League Teams 2018 United Kingdom London Spitfire (2018) 2019 One year
PES PES League Individuals 2010 Italy Ettore "Ettorito97" Giannuzzi (2018) 2019 One year
Teams 2018 Italy Broken Silence (2018)
Pokémon Pokémon World Championships Individuals 2009

Japan Shoma Honami (2015: Master)
United Kingdom Mark McQuillan (2015: Senior)
Japan Kotone Yasue (2015: Junior)

2016 One year
PUBG PUBG Global Invitational - TPP Teams 2018 South Korea Generation Gaming Gold (2018) 2019 One year
PUBG Global Invitational - FPP China Oh My God (2018)
PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Indonesia RRQ Athena (2018)
Smite Smite World Championship Teams 2015 United States eUnited (2018) 2019 One year
StarCraft II StarCraft II World Championship Series Individuals 2012 Finland Joona "Serral" Sotala (2018) 2019 One year
Street Fighter Capcom Cup Individuals 2017 Dominican Republic Saul "MenaRD" Leonardo Mena Segundo (2017) 2018 One year
World of Warcraft World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Teams 2008 United States Method Orange (2018) 2019 One year

Mental disciplines[edit]

Competitions using mental tests.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Memory World Memory Championships[9] Individuals 1991 United States Alex Mullen 2018 One year
Mental calculation Mental Calculation World Cup Individuals 2004 Japan Yuki Kimura 2018 Two years
MSO Mental Calculation World Championship Individuals 1998 England Chris Bryant 2017 One year
Junior Mental Calculation World Championship Individuals (age restricted) 2013

Canada Mohammad El Mir (Juniors 1)
Germany Wenzel Grüß (Juniors 2)
Germany Izdar Abulizi (Seniors)

2017 One year
Memory and Calculation Memoriad Individuals 2008 (15 winners) 2020 Four years

Modern abstract strategy games[edit]

Competitions in abstract strategy games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Arimaa Arimaa World Championship[10] Individuals 2004 United States Matthew Craven 2019 One year
Bōku Bōku World Championship[11] Individuals 2000 South Africa Alain Dekker 2017 One year
Entropy/Hyle Entropy World Championship[11] Individuals 1997 Wales David Jameson 2017 One year
GIPF Project Gipf World Championship Individuals 2008 Netherlands Mathijs Booden (2008)
Kamisado Kamisado World Championship[11] Individuals 2011 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2017 One Year
Lines of Action LoA World Championship[11] Individuals 1997 England James Heppell 2017 One year
Morabaraba Morabaraba World Championship Individuals 1997 South Africa Rannyadi Moses (2008)
Othello/Reversi World Othello Championship[11] Individuals 1977 Japan Yusuke Takanashi 2018 One year
Stratego Stratego World Championship[11] Individuals 1997 Greece John Vandoros 2019 One year
Twixt TwixT World Championship[11] Individuals 1997 France Florian Jamian 2017 One Year

Multiplayer board games[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Diplomacy World Diplomacy Convention[12] Individuals 1988 United States Doug Moore 2018 One year
Hare and Tortoise Hare and Tortoise World Championships[13] Individuals 1997 Italy Dario de Toffoli 2017 One year
Monopoly Monopoly World Championships[14] Individuals 1973 England Ashleigh Bailey TBD No regular schedule
Settlers of Catan Catan World Championships[15] Individuals 2002 United States William Cavaretta 2018 Two years
4 games German Board Game Championship[16] Teams (4 players) 1984 Germany Team Bogdan, Bonn 2018 One year
4 games EuropeMasters - European Championships Boardgames[17] Teams (4 players) 1988 Czech Republic Nash Equilibrium, CZ 2018 One year

Professional services competitions[edit]

World championships for professionals and students in professional services industries and disciplines.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Big Data Analytics TEXATA: Big Data Analytics World Championships[18] Individuals 2014 Norway Thomas Hjelde Thoresen 2018 One year
Financial Modeling ModelOff: Financial Modeling World Championships[19] Individuals 2012 Australia Joseph Lau 2016 One year
Loyalty Marketing and Gamification LoyaltyGames: Loyalty and Gamification World Championships[20] Individuals 2014 South Africa Martin Naude 2016 Two years

Speaking competitions[edit]

World championships in speaking.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Auctioneering World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Individuals 1963 United States Jared Miller (2018) 2019 One year
Debating World Universities Debating Championship[21] Pairs 1979 England Daniel A. DeBois & Archie J.W. Hall (2018) 2019 One year
World Schools Debating Championships Nations 1988 China China (2018) 2019 One year
Debating (Spanish) World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish
Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español[21]
Pairs 2011 Spain Antonio Fabregat & Javier De La Puerta (2017) 2018 One year

Tile games[edit]

World championships held in tile-based games include:

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Carcassonne Carcassone World Championship[22] Individuals 2006 Poland Tomasz Preuss 2019 One year
Juniors 2017 Portugal Samuel Pires
Continuo Continuo World Championship[11] Individuals 1997 England David M. Pearce 2017 One year
Dominoes World Championship Domino Tournament[23] Individuals 1976 United States Jerome Wooten 2012 One year
Domino World Championship[24] Individuals 1995 Norway Hege Lofthus 2012 One year
Hexago Hexago World Championship[11] Individuals 2007 England David M. Pearce (2007)
Saboteur Saboteur World Championship[25] Individuals Austria Monika Nagelmüller 2019 One year
Tantrix Tantrix World Championship (online)[26] Individuals 1998 Hungary Tamás Gombkötő 2015 One year
Tantrix World Open (real tiles)[27] Individuals 2009 Sweden Niklas Andersson 2015[28] One year (irregular)

Word games[edit]

World championships in word games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Scrabble (English) World Scrabble Championship[29] Individuals 1991 Australia David Eldar (2017) 2018 Two years; one year since 2013
Scrabble (Spanish) Spanish World Scrabble Championship[30] Individuals 1997 Uruguay Selene Delgado (2017) 2018 One year
Scrabble (French) French World Scrabble Championship Duplicate[31] Individuals 1972 New Zealand Nigel Richards (2017) 2018 One year
French World Scrabble Championship Classic[31] Individuals 2006 France Benjamin Valour (2017) 2018 One year

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Abstract Games page at MSO,, 15 February 2011
  2. ^ a b Mind Sports Olympiad Supplements, The Times, July–August 1997.
  3. ^ Chang, K. (2007-07-20). "Champion at Checkers That Cannot Lose to People". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  4. ^ "2018 World Magic Cup - Deux fois c'est bien". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "2018 Pokémon World Championship recap". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Wizard World Champion 2018". Retrieved 20 Jan 2019.
  8. ^ "CS:GO Event: The World Championships 2016 | GosuGamers". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  9. ^ Omonira-Oyekanmi, Rebecca; Moyer, Justin (2010-09-13). "For this champion, life is (mostly) a memory game". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ Arimaa World Championship results pages,, 31 Dec 2014
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mind Sports Olympiad results pages,, 15 February 2011
  12. ^ Peery, Larry. "A History of World DipCon". Diplomatic Corps.
  13. ^ "2015 Results". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Italy Defeats Defending Champion".
  15. ^ "Start page -". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  16. ^ "German Board Game Championship for teams /".
  17. ^ "EuropeMasters - Open European Championships Boardgames".
  18. ^ TEXATA website,
  19. ^ ModelOff website,
  20. ^ LoyaltyGames website,
  21. ^ a b World Debating website,
  22. ^ Moder, Peter Janshoff / Thomas. "Carcassonne - World Championship 2016 - Finals". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  23. ^ by Rotary Club:"World Championship Domino Tournament page".
  24. ^ by Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): "Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): World Championship page".
  25. ^ Möder, Felix (1 December 2018). "The Saboteur Award Ceremony". Amigo Spiele. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  26. ^ Tantrix official results (online) 2013
  27. ^ Tantrix official results 2013
  28. ^ Announcement of 5th WTO (World Tantrix Open) Archived 2014-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Official Scrabble World Championship site,
  30. ^ FISE Scrabble site,
  31. ^ a b FISF Scrabble site,