Beijing 2008 is the chosen venue for the 1st World Mind Sports Games (WMSG). Sponsored by The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) under the patronage of The General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) will be held on October 3-18, 2008. Bridge, Chess, Go, Draughts and Chinese Chess are the five mind sports participating at the event.
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For Go medals will be awarded in six events:
– Men’s Individual
– Women’s Individual
– Men’s Team
– Women’s Team
– Pair Go
– Amateurs Only
More than 570 players from 61 countries will take part in the Go tournaments for a total of more than 650 participants counting coaches, staff and functionaries.
The declared strength of players varies from 20 kyu (1 player) to 9 dan pro (27 players).
The biggest teams, with more than 20 players, are China, Chinese Taipei, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, S. Korea, UK and USA.