BGA Individual Women's at WMSG

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]



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.[9][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.

WMSG medalists in bridge
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.[10]


Main article: Chess at the 1st World Mind Sports Games

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

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


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 [11] 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 7pFan Weijing 2p Template:Flagicon Chou Chun-Hsun 9pHsieh Yi-Min 4p Template:Flagicon 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.

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.

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 England 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

See also Edit


  1. First World Mind Sports Games to be held in Beijing.
  2. China to host Bridge Games 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 1st World Mind Sports Games. 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 1st World Mind Sports Games.
  8. 2008 WMSG Results. 2008 WMSG. Confirmed 2011-05-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 World Bridge Games. World Bridge Federation (WBF). Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  10. 1st World Mind Sports Games. WBF coverage of the bridge competitions. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
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