The 14th World Bridge Games will take place in Lille, France, from 9 to 23 August 2012, being part of the 2nd World Mind Games.
The World Mind Games were established in 2008 as the major event organized by IMSA (International Mind Sports Association). IMSA is the umbrella organization of several mind sports, at present comprising, Bridge, Chess, Droughts and Go. Xiang Qi (Chinese chess) is normally invited to attend the IMSA events. IMSA was established in 2005 with the objective to demonstrate the value of mind sports and lead them to the Olympic family. The inaugural World Mind Sports Games took place in Beijing, China in 2008. Beijing was also the venue of the 1st SpotAccord Mind Sports, held in December 2011.
The World Bridge Games were established in 1960 under the name World Team Olympiad to be organized on every leap year. All member countries of the WBF are invited to field representative (national) teams in the various series. At the beginning there were open and women series; a senior series was added in 2000. In 2008, the World Team Olympiad was incorporated in the World Mind Sports Games, assuming its present name, World Bridge Games.