November 28th, 2010


Ain't no party like a mind sports party

I found a very interesting link the other day, from a source I consider credible, suggesting that initial contracts have been signed to host a second installment of the World Mind Sports Games in Manchester in August 2012, starting on the day that a certain physical games event concludes in London. The governing body, the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA), have nothing official one way or the other on the matter, yet, but these minutes of the meeting of congress of the World Bridge Federation (WBF), a month previously, suggested in section 7, on page 4, that "hopefully the 2012 World Mind Sports Games would be held in Manchester". I don't regard this as cast iron confirmation, but these are definitely the right noises that I would hope to hear if this were true. The first edition of the World Mind Sports Games were held in Beijing in October 2008. I made passing mention of them at the time, but felt at the time that they bore the hallmarks of being one-and-done. I'll believe it when I see it, but I would be delighted to be proved wrong, especially if mind sports truly were coming home. (Or, at least, near my home.)

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