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.
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.
You will find the 8 Daily Bulletins of the 2nd World Mind Sports Games held in Beijing – December 2012, with all the results of the competions and reports on the cultural events.
The second edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games is now officially open.
Each day you will be able to find here the information of the day, results and photos….
Twenty-four media platforms air the event and the television broadcast is available in 64 territories around the world. The live web-streaming is available on The Mind Games Channel on YouTube www.youtube.com/mindgameschannel
Beijing, 19 December 2012
5 awarding ceremonies have been held.
The final session of the Individual Championships more than matched Monday’s Men’s
and Women’s Pairs for dramatic content. The Men’s event saw three pairs break clear and the lead changed hands several times. When the dust had settled the Netherlands Bas Drijver took the gold, Joel Wooldridge silver for the USA and Johan Sylvan bronze for Sweden.
In the Women’s Championship Great Britain’s Nevena Senior led for the first six rounds. But China’s on the seventh and last she was directly opposed by her nearest challenger, China’s Liping Wang. Two good results put the Chinese player ahead and although she didn’t do so well on the final deal it was enough to keep her ahead of N. Senior.
However, there was a twist in the tale, as at another table China’s Wenfei Wang had posted three big scores to overtake them both. So, gold and silver for China, bronze for Great Britain
On the second day of blindfold the sole leader of the tournament Levon Aronian made two draws against Peter Leko and Teimour Radjabov and defeated Wang Hao. 5, 5 out of 7 turned to be enough for the first place in the tournament as the closest rival of Levon at that time Hikaru Nakamura failed to win in the last round against Liren Ding and finished the tournament on the second place. As a result, American player won three silver medals in the Mind Games! Peter Leko had good chances for the medals but lost the last game against American Gata Kamsky. Despite the victory over Hungarian player Gata Kamsky finished behind on tie-break points of Azeri player Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
In women section the leader of the previous day Viktorija Cmilyte started the second day with the victory over Humpy Koneru. Viktorija made two draws in the sixth and seventh rounds but unexpectedly it turned to be not enough for the gold medal. Former world champion Hou Yifan showed fantastic result on the second day and won three last games to become the winner of blindfold! Anna Zatonskih made 2,5 out of 3 in the last rounds and grabbed the bronze medal
Men’s Blindfold Event
GOLD: ARONIAN Levon (Armenia)
SILVER: NAKAMURA Hikaru (USA)
BRONZE: MAMEDYAROV Shakhriyar (Azerbaidjan)
Women’s Blindfold Event
GOLD: HOU Yifan (CHINA)
SILVER: CMILYTE Viktorija (Lithuania)
BRONZE ZA:TONSKIH Anna (USA)
Alexander Georgiev and Matrena Nogovitsyna from Russia have won the men’s and women’s final of the draughts tournament.
Men: Georgiev in his last match against Alexei Chizhov lost with the smallest possible difference and in doing so secured his tournament victory.
With the women, Matrena Nogovitsyna beat Viktoriya Motrichko from Ukraine in the Lehman – Georgiev tie-break from a seemingly passive position. Motrichko in the board position had just played 39… 23-28?in order to defend her advanced piece on square 27. But Nogovitsyna responded with a nasty and winning combination: 40. 38-33! 28×48 41. 26-21 27×16 42. 31-26 48×31 43. 36×29!
Men’s 100 Draughts Standard
GOLD: GEORGIEV Aleksandr (Russia)
SILVER: CHIZHOV Alexey (Russia)
BRONZE VIRNYI Vadim (Germany)
Women’s 100 Draughts Standard
GOLD: NOGOVITCYNA Matrena RUS
SILVER : MOTRICHKO Viktoriia UKR
BRONZE : SADOWSKA Natalia POL
In the final round of the pair go competition, after an exciting fighting game the Korean pair of Choi Jeong and Choi Chulhan defeated China’s Li He and Jiang Weijie by resignation to add another gold medal to the gold and bronze medals they had already won in individual competition.
In a game that lasted 316 moves and was decided by only a fraction of a stone, Mukai Chiaki and Murakawa Daisuke of Japan defeated Joanne Missingham and Lin Chi-han of Chinese Taipei to capture the bronze medal. In the fifth-place playoff, Natalia Kovaleva and Ilya Shikshin of Russia defeated Irene Sha and Bill Lin of Canada by a more comfortable 2-3/4 stones. For the Koreans and Russians, it was sweet revenge for last year, when the Koreans had been unable to defeat the Chinese and the Europeans had been unable to defeat the North Americans. We can only look forward to seeing who takes vengance on whom next year.
GOLD: Choi Jeong and Choi Chulhan (Korea)
SILVER: Li He and Jiang Weijie (China)
BRONZE: Mukai Chiaki and Murakawa Daisuke (Japan)
GOLD: WANG Tianyi (China)
SILVER: NGUYEN Hoang Lam (Vietnam)
BRONZE: CHAN Chun Kit (Hong Kong)
GOLD: CHEN Lichun (China)
SILVER: CAO Phuong Thanh (Vietnam)
BRONZE JIA Dan (USA
In the evening
During the 2nd SportAccord World Mind Games, you will be able to follow your sport live. You will find each day a link on this site.
During the 8 days of the competition (12/19 December), you will be able to follow live the broadcast of your own sport