The press conference of the 1st IMSA Elite Mind Games was held at the New Century Grand Hotel from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Feb. 25th. On the panel were all representatives of five mind sports (go, chess, bridge, draughts, xiangqi), representatives from IMSA, General Administration of Sports of China, and Huai’an city. The press conference was opened with the congratulatory remark from IMSA President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, and followed by welcome message from the local organizing committee and Q&A sessions. At the audience was about 50 journalists from China and other countries.
Among a few questions, IGF was asked how the Go community was reacting to the recent development of Go artificial intelligent called AlphaGo. IGF Vice President Thomas Hsiang, who represented IGF at the conference, remarked, “Go is attracting unprecedented attention thanks to AlphaGo, and whether AlphaGo wins or loses, this match between AlphaGo and a legendary Go player Lee Sedol will be a great boost to the development and promotion of Go worldwide.”
The press conference was followed by the opening ceremony of the 1st IMSA Elite Mind Games that took place at the Great Hall of the People in Huai’an from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
The ceremony presented an artful video featuring the five mind sports, welcome messages from Huai’an Municipality and IMSA, and followed by several cultural and sports performances.