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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)".[1]

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.[2][3][4] Five mind sports participated in the first Games: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), Go (weiqi), and xiangqi (Chinese chess).[5][6] Thirty-five gold medals were contested by 2,763 competitors from 143 countries.[7]

The second WMSG were held in Lille, France from August 9 to 23, 2012, starting during the 2012 Summer Olympics and ending shortly before the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Related eventsEdit

In addition to the quadrennial WMSG, the International Mind Sports Association also organizes 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.[8]

SportsEdit

At the first two WMSG events, medals were contested in five different mind sports: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), Go (weiqi), and xiangqi (Chinese chess).[5][6][9]

The International Federation of Poker (IFP) is an observer member of IMSA, so poker has been mentioned as a possible future sport at the WMSG.

Mathematical games were also planned to be present at 2012 WMSG, in the form of a contest between national teams.

Continuing competitionsEdit

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.[lower-alpha 1]

In 2004 there had been in the main continuing events 72 Open and 43 Women "Olympiad" entries (national Template:Gcb 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.

Host citiesEdit

WMSG host cities
Year No. City Month
2008 I Template:Flagicon Beijing, China October
2012 II Template:Flagicon Lille, France August
2016 III Template:Flagicon Rio de Janeiro, Brazil TBD

According to plan, the Games would 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. Already in 2012 the plan failed, however, as Lille was finally chosen as host while the two Olympic events were held in London, Great Britain.

For 2016, the Olympic host Brazil early on expressed an interest in hosting the third WMSG.[10]At the closing ceremony of the 2012 games, Rio de Janeiro was indeed announced as hosts for the 2016 event.[11]

All-time medal tableEdit

Until August 2012, of course, the national medals table for the inaugural Games was also the all-time table.

1 Template:Flagicon China 12 8 6 26
2 Template:Flagicon Russia 4 1 3 8
3 Template:Flagicon South Korea 2 4 3 9
3 Template:Flagicon Ukraine2 4 3 9
5 Template:Flagicon Norway 2 1 3 6
6 Template:Flagicon Turkey 2 0 0 2
7 Template:Flagicon Great Britain 1 2 0 3
8 Template:Flagicon Bulgaria 1 1 0 2
8 Template:Flagicon France 1 1 0 2
10 Template:Flagicon Latvia 1 0 2 3
11 Template:Flagicon USA 1 0 1 2
12 Template:Flagicon North Korea 1 0 0 1
12 Template:Flagicon Sweden 1 0 0 1
12 Template:Flagicon Denmark 1 0 0 1
12 Template:Flagicon Ecuador 1 0 0 1
12 Template:Flagicon Hungary 1 0 0 1
12 Template:Flagicon Italy 1 0 0 1
18 Template:Flagicon Vietnam 0 2 3 5
19 Template:Flagicon Poland 0 2 1 3
19 Template:Flagicon Moldova 0 2 1 3
21 Template:Flagicon Netherlands 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon Romania 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon Chinese Taipei 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon Australia 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon Barbados 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon India 0 1 0 1
21 Template:Flagicon Israel 0 1 0 1
28 Template:Flagicon Hong Kong 0 0 2 2
28 Template:Flagicon Iran 0 0 2 2
28 Template:Flagicon Japan 0 0 2 2
31 Template:Flagicon Malaysia 0 0 1 1
31 Template:Flagicon Singapore 0 0 1 1
31 Template:Flagicon Greece 0 0 1 1
Total 35 35 35 105

NotesEdit

  1. World Bridge Games. World Bridge Federation. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
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  7. "2008 WMSG Results". 2008WMSG. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  8. "Great Success of the 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games". News (no date). IMSA. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  9. "2nd World Mind Sports Games: Lille 2012" (pdf presentation). IMSA. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  10. "The Brazilian Mind Sport Association is founded: Brazil becomes a candidate to host the World Mind Sports Games in 2016". News (no date). IMSA. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  11. [1] Retrieved 2012-10-03.

ReferencesEdit

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