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. 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.
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.
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)".
- Main article: Bridge at the 1st World Mind Sports Games
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.[lower-alpha 1] The other three were for "youth" under age 28, a one-time compromise.[lower-alpha 2] More than 1400 players participated, about half of all players in the Games. Entries from European Bridge League countries[lower-alpha 3] won 22 of the 27 medals, led by Norway with six medals including two gold.
|Open Teams||Template:Flagicon Italy||Template:Flagicon England||Template:Flagicon Norway|
|Women Teams||Template:Flagicon England||Template:Flagicon China||Template:Flagicon USA|
|Open Individual||Template:Flagicon Tor Helness||Template:Flagicon Geir Helgemo||Template:Flagicon Andrey Gromov|
|Women Individual||Template:Flagicon Catarina Midskog||Template:Flagicon Anne-Fréderique Lévy||Template:Flagicon Yan Ru|
|Youth Individual||Template:Flagicon Salih Murat Anter||Template:Flagicon Radu Nistor||Template:Flagicon Lars Arthur Johansen|
|Youth Pairs||Template:Flagicon Mehmet Remzi Şakirler / Melih Osman Şen||Template:Flagicon Lotan Fisher / Ron Haim Schwartz||Template:Flagicon Joanna Krawczyk / Piotr Tuczyński|
|under-28 Teams||Template:Flagicon Norway||Template:Flagicon Poland||Template:Flagicon China|
|under-26 Teams||Template:Flagicon Denmark||Template:Flagicon Poland||Template:Flagicon Norway|
|under-21 Teams||Template:Flagicon France||Template:Flagicon England||Template:Flagicon 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.
- Main article: Chess at the 1st World Mind Sports Games
- Main article: Draughts at the 1st World Mind Sports Games
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.
|International Draughts 100sq (Men)||Template:Flagicon Alexander Georgiev||Template:Flagicon Alexander Getmanski||Template:Flagicon Guntis Valneris|
|International Draughts 100sq (Women)||Template:Flagicon Zoja Golubeva||Template:Flagicon Tanja Chub||Template:Flagicon Tamara Tansykkuzhina|
|Russian Draughts 64sq (Women)||Template:FlagiconViktoriya Motrichko||Template:FlagiconElena Miskova||Template:Flagicon Julia Romanskaia|
|Brazilian Draughts 64sq (Men)||Template:Flagicon Dashkov Oleg||Template:Flagicon Ion Dosca||Template:Flagicon Belosheev Sergey|
|Checkers (Mixed)||Template:Flagicon Alex Moiseyev||Template:Flagicon Ron King||Template:Flagicon Raivis Paegle|
- Main article: Go at the 1st World Mind Sports Games
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.
|Men's Individual||Template:Flagicon Kang Dongyun 7p[lower-alpha 4]||Template:Flagicon Park Jungsang 9p||Template:Flagicon Li Zhe 6p|
|Women's Individual||Template:Flagicon Song Ronghui 1p||Template:Flagicon Lee Minjin 5p||Template:Flagicon Pak Chi-eun 9p|
|Open||Template:Flagicon Jo Tae-Won 7d ||Template:Flagicon Ham Youngwoo 7d||Template:Flagicon Lee Yong Hee 6d|
|Men's Team||Template:Flagicon South Korea||Template:Flagicon China||Template:Flagicon Japan|
|Women's Team||Template:Flagicon China||Template:Flagicon South Korea||Template:Flagicon Japan|
|Pair Go||Template:Flagicon Huang Yizhong 7p ／ Fan Weijing 2p||Template:Flagicon Chou Chun-Hsun 9p ／ Hsieh Yi-Min 4p||Template:Flagicon On So Jin 4p ／ Lee 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.
|Rapid (Men)||Template:Flagicon Wang Yang||Template:Flagicon Jiang Chuan||Template:Flagicon Zhao Ruquan|
|Individual (Women)||Template:Flagicon Wang linna||Template:Flagicon Zhao Guanfang||Template:Flagicon Ngo Lan Huong|
|Individual (Men)||Template:Flagicon Xu Yinchuan||Template:Flagicon Hong Zhi||Template:Flagicon Look Kongdwa|
|Team (Women)||Template:Flagicon China||Template:Flagicon Australia||Template:Flagicon Vietnam|
|Team (Men)||Template:Flagicon China||Template:Flagicon Vietnam||Template:Flagicon Hong Kong|
Teams from the host country China won one-quarter of the 105 medals, including one-third of the gold.
See also Edit
- ↑ First World Mind Sports Games to be held in Beijing. news.xinhuanet.com
- ↑ China to host Bridge Games The News–International, Pakistan.
- ↑ Beijing hosts first 'Mind Games', BBC News, 3 October 2008, by Shirong Chen. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- ↑ A successful first edition of The World Mind Sports Games. International Mind Sports Association.
- ↑ Introduction of the 1st World Mind Sports Games. British Go Association. No date. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
• Evidently this is a translation from Chinese.
- ↑ The first international mind sports games "IMSA Cup". FIDE (chess).
- ↑ China to host 1st World Mind Sports Games. latestchess.com
- ↑ 2008 WMSG Results. 2008 WMSG. Confirmed 2011-05-25.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 World Bridge Games. World Bridge Federation (WBF). Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- ↑ 1st World Mind Sports Games. WBF coverage of the bridge competitions. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- International Mind Sports Association official website. Confirmed 2011-05-25.
- World Mind Sports Games. International Mind Sports Association. 2008 or earlier. Posted at usgo.org American Go Association. Confirmed 2011-08-31. (Second copy at World Bridge Federation.)
- 1st Mind Sports Games Releases Official Logo and Slogan. 2008-04-09. China Radio International.
- Beijing hosts first 'Mind Games'. 2008-10-03. BBC News.
- Bridge – Official "World Bridge Games" top page
- Chess – Official participants list
- Draughts – Official participants list
- Go – American Go Association advance top page
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