SportAccord World Mind Games has had two editions so far. The first one took place from 8-16 December 2011 and the second from 12-19 December 2012. Beijing, the capital of China will be the host city of the event until 2014. The next edition is scheduled from 12-18 December 2013.
The 1st IMSA Elite Mind Games (IEMG) is being held from February 25 to March 3 at New Century Hotel Huaian, China. IEMG is featuring five mind sports as official disciplines – Go, chess, bridge, draughts, and Xiangqi. In Go, 30 top players around the world will be competing for total prize money of 200,000 EUR in three medal events: Men’s Team, Women’s Individual, and Pair.
IEMG is a re-branded event of SportAccord World Mind Games, which was hosted in Beijing four times annually from 2011 to 2014. As SportAccord goes through restructuring and becomes unable to host World Mind Games, IMSA (the International Mind Sports Association), the co-organizer of the SportAccord World Mind Games, took responsibility and succeeded in bringing the event back under the new title. It is expected that IEMG will continue to be held on an annual basis as a major mind-sport event.
You can check here the list of players the tournament outline and the schedule for Go.
Daily reports and commentaries will be posted on the Ranka website.
In a stunning development, the AI program AlphaGo has swept the European Go champion and Chinese professional player Fan Hui 5-0 in a formal match. “This signifies a major step forward in one of the great challenges in the development of artificial intelligence – that of game-playing,” said the British Go Association, which released the news on January 27, based on findings reported in the scientific journal Nature this week (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-dKXOlsf98 for a video).
The official google announcement is at: https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/alphago-machine-learning-game-go.html
Not to be outdone, Facebook earlier made this release: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10102619979696481&id=4
Google has now issued a challenge to world champion Lee Sedol for a $1M match and Lee has accepted. It will be played in Seoul in March.
The inaugural IMSA Elite Mind Games (IEMG) will be held February 25 to March 3, 2016, in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China. The venue will be announced.
All five members of IMSA will be featured: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, and Xiangqi. In all, we expect about 180 players and 50+ international officials to participate.
With a total budget of > $2.5M, this new event replaces the previous SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) held in December from 2011 to 2014.
The WBF President Gianarrigo Rona and the WBF President Emeritus José Damiani had the great honour and privilege of being received by the former President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Jiang Zemin.
The Third edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games is now officially open.
Each day you will be able to find here the Daily Bulletin published by Sport Accord
Each day you will be able to find here the information of the day, results and photos….