Dear Representative of the IGF Member Country, 22.Oct.2007
I am writing to officially announce to the IGF community the exciting news of the upcoming
First World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) under the auspices of the International Mind Sports
Association (IMSA), the China Card and Board Game Centre, and the General Association of
International Sports Federations (GAISF).
Along with four other mind sports – bridge, chess, draughts, and xiang-qi – go will be featured as a global mind sport event in the same venue as the 2008 Summer Olympics, from October 3 to October 18. An unprecedented, generous, support by the Chinese Ministry of Sports has been key in bringing this event to its realization, to which I am deeply grateful.
As the President of IGF, the organization that will represent the go community, I wish to
encourage and to invite your participation. In the next few months, a great deal of hard work will be required of us all to ensure the success of this event. At this time, many of the technical details are still under development; however, I will sketch out below the tentative, general, participatory rules to help your country get started with your preparation.
The top players will participate from each country, including professionals. There will be multiple medal items; under consideration are individual men and women, team men and women, mixed pair, and another individual open medal round restricted to amateurs only.
The teams will represent a country. However, to facilitate world wide participation, in special cases teams may be formed by several countries from a common region that has low Go population.
The cost of venue, equipment, support personnel, and room and board for players and officials will be borne by the organizers.
Individual member countries are asked to actively seek support from their national or regional communities for the travel expenditure of their participants. It is possible that, in special hardship cases, some or all of this support may be paid by the organizers and/or by IGF.
I encourage you to seek dialogue with other mind sport organizations in your country to
coordinate your fund-raising efforts. IGF will actively assist you by providing slide presentations about the game of Go and about WMSG; we will also send official letters of support where and when requested. In special cases, IGF officials may be dispatched if necessary.
Please contact the general secretary of IGF, Ms. Shigeno Yuki, at firstname.lastname@example.org
for questions and to indicate your interest.
The New Zealand Go Society invites New Zealand go players to apply for the New Zealand team to the 1st World Mind Sport Games to be held in Beijing in October 2008. The men's team is currently full but new men will be added to the team if there are withdrawals, so if you are interested apply now. There are still vacancies in the women's team and positions for this team will remain open until May. Email to Secretary:.
This is an Olympic-style event involving members of the International Mind Sports Association, and includes chess, bridge, draughts, and Chinese chess as well as go. There are several go events that could involve as many as 15 men and 11 women from each participating country.
The opening ceremony has been held at The Beijing Olympic Sports Centre on the 3rd October.
Although there are some problems with the organization, the opening ceremony was colourful and exciting. Edwin was NZ’s flag bearer and he was doing well on the stage.
The first day’s competition was exciting too, with all NZ players with at least one win from two games. Barry is on top of his C group with two straight wins. It’s a really good outcome considering some of our opponents are top pros in the world.
Events are developing so fast and it's hard to keep track of it. The full results will be available on the WMSG website.
The men's individual group stage finished with some excellent performances from the NZ team.
Michael Lee finished with four wins from six rounds - he lost to a 9 dan pro in 2nd round and another 9 dan pro in the final round. It's a great achivement as both of them are very famous and Gu Li of China is the current holder of "Fujitsu Cup" and "Chunlan Cup" and hot favorite for this event. Congratulations, Michael.
Ken is also doing well with three wins. All other players picked up two wins each.
Women's individual and open events started one day and two days later. Yucong, Edwin and Longyang Li all achieved 50% win rate.
Some friendly games and teaching sessions also took place as players enjoy the gala atmosphere.