SportAccord World Mind Games is a multi-sport event centred on the gymnasium of the mind and highlighting the great value of the mind sports. The 2014 edition will take place from 11-17 December. As well as the first, second and third editions in 2011, 2012, and 2013 the event includes five mind sports of great popularity and influence worldwide - Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess). The event is a showcase of some top-level mind games performances with the world's best players. The Cultural and Social Programme is an integral part of the event and through a series of activities, it aims at increasing and improving mind sports' influence and practice in schools. In addition, an online tournament extends the event's reach to the worldwide audience.
Mind Games are spread and known throughout the world since ancient times and their educational values are widely recognised. They combine the fun of playing games and the enhancement of concentration, logic, memory, mathematics, literacy, learning skills, decision making and socialising skills, etc. Ever more countries and regions integrate the mind sports as an important part of their education programmes. Mind sports suit well a wide range of people not only in terms of age; these sports can be equally played by people with certain physical disability.
The characteristics of the mind games themselves, make these sports particularly appropriate for the use of various resources, such as new technologies. The launch of a new media platform is the springboard for the organisation of online tournament and encourage to practice these sports through the Internet – players from all over the world are able to compete and win attractive prizes!
These traditional games, where intelligence, strategy and intuition are protagonists, combined with innovative and modern elements, can create and bring new and unique experiences to a large and highly diversified group of people.