President’s message

The International Mind Sport Association (IMSA), was created in April 2005 in Berlin – Germany – under the aegis of SportAccord, with four founder members :

World Bridge Federation (WBF)

World Bridge Federation 

World Chess Federation (FIDE)

World Chess Federation

World Draughts Federation (FMJD)

World Draughts Federation

International Go Federation (IGF)

International Go Federation (IGF)
The aim of IMSA is to unite these Mind Sports in the organization of the World Mind Sports Games an event which first took place in October 2008 in Beijing –China.

Thanks to our Chinese friends on the Local organizing Committee, we got what we were looking for: more publicity and visibility with tremendous media coverage in the written press, on the internet and television.

We want to show the entire world how strong we are with more than 400 national federations and about 1 billion players.

Mind Sports intervene in the fields of education and health with teaching programs in schools and, for adults and older players, enables them to retain their intellectual faculties while also providing an active social life through meeting and playing with others. Now thanks to our co-operation with SportAccord we are planning to hold an elite event in December 2011 in Beijing: the SportAccord World Mind Games. No doubt that once again this event, which will bring together the best players from these four mind games – plus Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess) which is again invited – will result in a great success.

We are working hard for the second edition of the World Mind Sport Games, with the support of our new partner: Mind Sport Partner*, who I would like to thank very warmly for their support.

We are confident that IMSA is on the right track towards obtaining the recognition that Mind Sports really deserve in their role for the good of society.

José Damiani

José Damiani, President of IMSA

*Sport marketing company, subsidiary of Dentsu and West Nally