World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

International Mind Sports Association

Article Id: WHEBN0002140341
Reproduction Date:

Title: International Mind Sports Association  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: World Mind Sports Games, SportAccord, World Team Olympiad, World Draughts Federation, IMSA
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

International Mind Sports Association

Logo of the International Mind Sports Association

The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) is an association of the world governing bodies for contract bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), and go, namely the World Bridge Federation (WBF), World Chess Federation (FIDE), World Draughts Federation (FMJD), and International Go Federation (IGF). IMSA is a member of Sportaccord (formally the General Association of International Sports Federations) and was founded 19 April 2005 during the GAISF General Assembly. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Poker and xiangqi (Chinese chess) are affiliated sports; as of summer 2011, the International Federation of Poker (IFP) and World Xiangqi Federation (WXF) have observer status in the association. Xiangqi competition was included in the first Games and duplicate poker under the auspices of the IFP will be included in the second.

The IMSA generally pursues common aims and interests of its constituent sports. Foremost it organizes the World Mind Sport Games whose first rendition was held in Beijing, China 3–18 October 2008, about two months after the Beijing Olympic Games. The second Games in 2012 would have been formally announced 17 November during the 2011 Mind Sports Festival in London, except that they failed to secure a venue by that time. However a venue was found in Lille in France and the second World Mind Sports Games was held from 9–23 August 2012.

Long term, it hopes to establish "World Mind Sports Games by analogy with Olympics, held in Olympic host cities shortly after Winter or Summer Games, using Olympic Games facilities and volunteers. The constituent World Bridge Federation incorporated several quadrennial world bridge championships in the World Mind Sport Games because it considers the WMSG a "stepping stone on the path of introducing a third kind of Olympic Games (after the Summer and the Winter Olympics)".[1]


  • SportAccord World Mind Games 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

SportAccord World Mind Games

IMSA inaugurated the SportAccord World Mind Games December 2011 in Beijing.[2] At least for bridge, the meet was invitational and the events were not world championships. Beside satisfaction of the participating players and federations, the main objectives were to achieve "a worldwide TV coverage, and a large participation to the online tournament linked to the event."[2]

There were six medal events at bridge, three each for men and women. IMSA invited 24 players, six each from four countries, to compete in three small tournaments as four national teams, twelve pairs, and 24 individuals. The women were from England (competing as "Great Britain"), France, China, and the United States ("USA"); the men from Netherlands, Norway, China, and the U.S.[3]

See also


  1. ^ World Bridge Games. World Bridge Federation ( Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  2. ^ a b "Great Success of the 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games". IMSA ( [December 2011]. Retrieved 2014-11-11. With complete list of medal winners.
      Unfortunately, IMSA publishes multiple articles about the inaugural meet under the dateline "June 21, 2011". The first Games were held during December, same as the 2nd to 4th Games of 2012 to 2014.
  3. ^ "Athletes List" [bridge]. Info System: Athletes. 1st SportAccord World Mind Games – Beijing 2011 ( Retrieved 2014-11-11.

External links

  • Official website
  • World Mind Sports Games (no date), International Mind Sports Association — early document posted at American Go Association; second copy at World Bridge Federation
  • — evidently unofficial
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.