List of world championships in mind sports


List of world championships in mind sports

This page gives a list of world championships in mind sports which usually represent the most prestigious competition for a specific board game, card game or mind sport. World championships can only be held for most games or mind sports with the ratification of an official body. Some Eastern games only have amateur world championships and separate professional competitions as can be seen for Go - List of professional Go tournaments.

Contents

All-round Games Competitions

World Championships that comprise of competitions across multiple events to find the strongest games all-rounders.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Abstract strategy games Abstract Games World Championship[1] Individual 2008 England David M. Pearce 2012 One year
Decamentathlon Decamentathlon World Championship[2] Individual 1997 England Mathew Cordell 2012 One year
Mind Sports The Pentamind[2] Individual 1997 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2012 One year

Card Games World Championships

World Championships in card games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Contract bridge Bermuda Bowl Teams 1950 U.S.A. USA 2 2011 Two years
Poker World Series of Poker Main Event Individual 1971 Canada Jonathan Duhamel 2011 One year
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering World Championship Individual 1994 France Guillaume Matignon 2011 One year

Classic / Traditional Strategy Games

Major World Championships for classic strategy board games i.e. go or oware.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Backgammon Backgammon World Championship.[3] Individual 1967 Japan Takumitsu Suzuki 2012 One year
Chess World Chess Championship[4] Individual 1886 India Vishwanathan Anand 2012
Draughts Draughts World Championships[5] Individual 1948 Russia Alexander Georgiev 2013
Go World Amateur Go Championship Individual 1979 China Baoxiang Bai 2012 One year
Mahjong World Mahjong Championship Individual 2007 China Linghua Jiao (2010)
Shogi Shogi World Championship[6] Individual 2000 U.S.A. Paul Ogi (2009)
Xiangqi Xiangqi World Championships[7] Individual 1990 China Zhao Xinxin 2011 Two years

Mental Disciplines

Competitions using mental tests.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Memory World Memory Championships[8] Individual 1991 China Wang Feng 2011 One year
Mental calculation Mental Calculation World Cup Individual 2004 India Priyanshi Somani 2012 Two years

Modern Abstract Strategy Games

Competitions in abstract strategy games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Arimaa Arimaa World Championship Individual 2004 France Jean Daligault 2012 One year
Boku Boku World Championship[9] Individual 2000 Estonia Andres Kuusk 2012 One year
Entropy / Hyle Entropy World Championship[9] Individual 1997 England Peter Horlock 2012 One year
GIPF Project Gipf World Championship Individual 2008 Holland Mathijs Booden (2008)
Kamisado Kamisado World Championship[9] Individual 2011 England David M. Pearce 2012 One Year
Lines of action LoA World Championship[9] Individual 1997 England Tim Hebbes 2012 One year
Morabaraba Morabaraba World Championship Individual 1997 South Africa Rannyadi Moses (2008)
Othello / Reversi World Othello Championship[9] Individual 1977 Japan Yuseke Takanashi 2011 One year
Renju Renju World Championship[10] Individual 1989 China Cao Dong 2013 Two years
Stratego Stratego World Championship[9] Individual 1997 Holland Pim Neimejer 2011 One year
Twixt TwixT World Championship[9] Individual 1997 England David M. Pearce 2012 One Year

Multiplayer Board games World Championships

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Diplomacy World Diplomacy Convention[11] Individual 1988 Australia Andrew Goff 2012 One year
Hare and Tortoise Hare and Tortoise World Championships[9] Individual 1997 England Tige Nnando 2012 One year
Monopoly Monopoly World Championships[12][13] Individual 1973 Norway Bjørn Halvard Knappskog 2013 Four years
Settlers of Catan Catan World Championships[14] Individual 2002 Holland Erwin Pauelsen 2011 One year

Speaking competitions

World Championships in speaking.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Debating World Universities Debating Championship[15] Pairs 1981 Australia Victor Finkel & Fiona Prowse 2011-2012 Year
Debating in Spanish World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish (Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español)[16] Pairs 2011 Venezuela Jesús Gorrín & Alain Herrera 2011 Year

Tile Games

World Championships held in tile-based games include:

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Continuo Continuo World Championship[9] Individual 1997 England David M. Pearce 2012 One year
Dominoes World Championship Domino Tournament[17]
and
Domino World Championship[18]
Individual
and
individual
1976
and
1995
U.S.A. Jerome Wooten
and
Switzerland Thomas Caflisch
2012
and
2011
One year
and
one year
Hexago Hexago World Championship[9] Individual 2007 England David M. Pearce (2007)
Tantrix Tantrix World Championship (online)[19] Individual 1998 New Zealand Chris Hill 2011 One year
Tantrix Tantrix World Open (real tiles)[20] Individual 2009 Sweden Niklas Andersson 2011 One year

Variants of classical games

Variants of classic strategy games with notable World Championships. An example of a variant of a classic game is

Chess960.

Word Games

World Championships in word games.

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Held every
Scrabble World Scrabble Championship[21] Individual 1991 Thailand Pakorn Nemitrmansuk 2011 Two years

See also

References

  1. ^ Abstract Games page at MSO, http://www.boardability.com/game.php?id=abstract_games, 15 February 2011
  2. ^ a b Mind Sports Olympiad Supplements, The Times, July-August 1997.
  3. ^ Oswald Jacoby & John Crawford, The Backgammon Book, 1970, Macmillan & co
  4. ^ Weeks, M.. "World Chess Championship FIDE Events 1948-1990". http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/wcc-indy.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  5. ^ Chang, K. (2007-07-20). "Champion at Checkers That Cannot Lose to People". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/20/science/20checkers.html. Retrieved 20011-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Shogi page". http://www.worldshogi.com/. 
  7. ^ {Official Xiangqi site, http://www.wxf.org/
  8. ^ Omonira-Oyekanmi, Rebecca; Moyer, Justin (2010-09-13). "For this champion, life is (mostly) a memory game". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/13/AR2010091305448.html. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mind Sports Olympiad results pages, http://www.boardability.com/results.php, 15 February 2011
  10. ^ Renju official site [1]
  11. ^ Peery, Larry. "A History of World DipCon". Diplomatic Corps. http://www.diplomaticcorps.org/History/WDCHistory.txt. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian teen wins Monopoly world championship". AFP. 2009-10-23. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26249271-23109,00.html. 
  13. ^ worldofmonopoly.com
  14. ^ Settlers official site [2]
  15. ^ World Debating website, http://www.debating.ie//
  16. ^ World Debating website, http://www.debating.ie//
  17. ^ by Rotary Club:"World Championship Domino Tournament page". http://www.worlddomino.com/. 
  18. ^ by Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): "Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): World Championship page". http://www.dominospiel.de/wm.php?lang=EN. 
  19. ^ Tantrix official results (online) 2010 http://tournaments.tantrix.co.uk/auto/index.php?page=showph2&comp=WTC&do=final&year=2010
  20. ^ Tantrix official results 2010 http://www.tantrix.com/english/tournaments/Tantrix2010WorldOpen.html
  21. ^ Official Scrabble World Championship site, http://www.wscgames.com/

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