The 1st IMSA Elite Mind Games to take place in Huai’an, China

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.

Ranka online will provide full coverage of the event.

1st IEMG – Contestants

china_flag China
Cao Youyin Zhiying YU
Youyin CAO Weixing TANG Ruiyang ZHOU Yue SHI Zhiying YU
Age: 29 Age: 23 Age: 24 Age: 25 Age: 18
3 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 5 Dan Pro
Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Women’s Ind.
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Joanne Missingham Yu Li-Chun
Joanne MISSINGHAM Li-Hsiang LIN Shih-Iuan CHEN Shih-Hsun LIN Li-Chun YU
Age: 21 Age: 22 Age: 30 Age: 23 Age: 16
7 Dan Pro 6 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 5 Dan Pro 1 Dan Pro
Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Women’s Ind.
Europe
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Hungary France Russia Russia Russia
Rita Pocsai Hui Fan Natalia Kovaleva Ilya Shikshin Elvina Karlsberg
Rita POCSAI Hui FAN Natalia KOVALEVA Ilya SHIKSHIN Elvina KARLSBERG
Age: 27 Age: 34 Age: 28 Age: 25 Age: 37
4 Dan 2 Dan Pro 5 Dan 1 Dan Pro 5 Dan
Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair
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Israel
Ali JABARIN
Age: 23
1 Dan Pro
Cat: Men’s Team/Pair
japan_flag Japan
HOSHIAI Shiho
Shiho HOSHIAI Hirata TOMOYA Toramaru SHIBANO Yuta MUTSUURA Eiko NYU
Age: 28 Age: 21 Age: 16 Age: 16 Age: 16
1 Dan Pro 7 Dan Pro 2 Dan Pro 2 Dan Pro 1 Dan Pro
Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Women’s Ind.
southkorea_flag Korea
Jeong CHOI Jeonghwan PARK Jiseok KIM Donghoon LEE Yujin OH
Age: 19 Age: 23 Age: 26 Age: 18 Age: 17
6 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 9 Dan Pro 5 Dan Pro 2 Dan Pro
Cat: Women’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Women’s Ind.
North America
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CANADA CANADA USA USA
Ryan Li Eric Lui
Jin YU Ryan LI Eric LUI Ming Jiu JIANG
Age: 25 Age: 21 Age: 26 Age: 58
6 Dan 1 Dan Pro 1 Dan Pro 7 Dan Pro
Cat: Women’s Ind./Pair Cat: Men’s Team/Pair Cat: Men’s Team Cat: Men’s Team

1st IEMG – Go Competitions Format

Date and Venue:
February 25 – March 3, 2016
Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, China

Medals:
Men’s Team, Women’s Individual, Pair

Players:
30 athletes (male 18, female 12)
– China, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei: male 3, female 2
– Europe: male 3, female 3
– North America: male 3, female 1

Rules
Chinese rules, compensation points of 3 and 3/4.
– Men’s Team: Total 6 teams, 3 players per team. Single round robin, total 5 rounds. Time limit: 2 hours, 60 seconds, 5 times.
– Women’s Individual: Total 12 players. Double elimination, total 7 rounds. Time limit: 1 hour, 30 seconds 3 times. The top 4 countries from the 2014 SAWMG will receive a pass for the first round. Drawings for pairing will be done at the technical meeting. Players from the same countries will be separated in the drawing for the initial rounds.
– Pair: Total 8 pairs (Asia: 4, Europe 3, NA 1), Single elimination, total 3 rounds. Time limit: 1 hour, 30 seonds, 3 times.

Prize Money (Total € 200,000)
Place Men’s Team Women’s Individual Pair Go
1st
 € 60,000  € 20,000  € 12,000
2nd 30,000 10,000 8,000
3rd 15,000 5,000 4,000
4th
7,500 4,000 3,000
5th
4,500 2,500 2,500
6th
3,000 1,000 2,000
7th 1,000 1,000
8th 1,000 1,000
9-12th each 500
Total € 120,000 € 46,500 € 33,500

 

1st IEMG – Go Competitions Schedule

1st IEMG – Go Competitions Schedule
2016 Time Tournament
Men’s Team Women’s Individual Pair Go
February
24 Wed
Arrival
25 Thu Venue setting / Registration
18:30-19:30 Welcome Reception
19:30-20:30 Opening ceremony
20:30-21:30 Technical meeting, draws for pairing
26 Fri 12:30-18:00 Round 1
15:00-18:00 Round 1
27 Sat 09:30-12:30 Round 2
12:30-18:00 Round 2
15:00-18:00 Round 3
28 Sun 12:30-18:00 Round 3
15:00-18:00 Round 4
29 Mon 09:30-12:30
Round 5
12:30-18:00 Round 4
15:00-18:00
Round 6
March
01 Tue
12:30-18:00 Round 5
15:00-18:00 Round 7
19:00 Award Ceremony
02 Wed 09:30-12:30 Round 1
14:00 Cultural Event
15:00-18:00 Round 2
03 Thu 09:30-12:30 Round 3
17:00 Award Ceremony
evening Closing Ceremony
04 Fri Departure