Reports | October 03, 2008 20:30

World Mind Sports Games kick off today

A whole new and huge event starts today, and chess is involved: the World Mind Sports Games. After the Summer Olympics athletes and the Paralympics sportsmen now approximately 3,000 Bridge, Chess, Go, Draughts, and Xiangqi players from over 150 countries have travelled to Beijing.

The first World Mind Sports Games is held in Beijing, China from October 3 to 18, 2008. Twenty five to thirty gold medals will be vied for by more than 3000 competitors from over 150 countries. There will be five mind sports competitions: Bridge, Chess, Go, Draughts, and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).

The Games will be under the aegis of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and organized by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) of which FIDE is a founding member. Venues are the China National Convention Center and the Beijing International Convention Center.

For chess there are the following sections: Men's Individual Blitz, Women's Individual Blitz, Men's Individual Rapid, Women's Individual Rapid, Mixed Pairs Blitz, Mixed Pairs Rapid, Men's Teams Blitz, Women's Teams Blitz, Men's Teams Rapid and Women's Teams Rapid.

The rate of play for the ten events:
Blitz Chess: 3 minutes with increment of 2 seconds per move. Individual (Men & Women), Pair (Mixed Team), Team (Men & Women)
Rapid Chess: 25 minutes with increment of 5 seconds per move. Individual (Men & Women), Pair (Mixed Team), Team (Men & Women)

Here are the participants lists as published by FIDE on July 21st. They're not definite and certainly not official lists (nothing about participants can be found on the official website!). As Chessdom reported, a Russian sponsor who should have been responsible for part of the air tickets seems to be withdrawing. They also stated that Topalov is not playing.

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Most of the details about entries, rules and regulations of the 1st World Mind Sports Games can be found here at the FIDE website. Below is the schedule of the chess part of the event:

Date Time Event Round
October 3 12:00 hr Arrival
Opening Ceremony
October 4 10:00 hr Technical Meeting
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Individual (Men & Women) Round 1 to 11
October 5 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Individual (Men & Women) Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 3
October 6 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 4 to 5
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 6 to 7
October 7 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 8 to 9
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Semi-Finals
October 8 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Pair Rounds 1 to 11
October 9 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Pair Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 1 to 2
October 10 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 3 to 4
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 5 to 6
October 11 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Round 7
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 8 to 9
October 12 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Semi-Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Finals
October 13 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 5
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Rounds 6 to 11
October 14 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 2
October 15 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 3 to 4
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 5 to 6
October 16 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Round 7
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 8 to 9
October 17 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Semi-Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Finals
October 18 Closing Ceremony & Departure
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Comments

James's picture

How come there are no participants rated under 2500 in the Men's Blitz/Rapid, and no participants rated under 2200 in the Women's Blitz/Rapid? Is that the rating cutoff for entries?

Theo's picture

No patzers allowed, James!

Lajos Arpad's picture

Will they go to see some nice views, like the Uygur pyramids?

young jeezy's picture

yo, lez see all da fine chess hos in da heezy!!! psyyyyche they all probly nizzasty as hizell! maybe like 1 percent are doable ahahahah CHESS NIGGA WHAT!?!?!!

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