Alexandra Kosteniuk (born April, 23, 1984) is the 12th women’s world chess champion and an international grandmaster (GM). Her greatest success so far is having won the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 by beating the young Chinese Hou Yifan. Alexandra is the winner and medalist of the 2011 and 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games. She uses one of her main interests, fashion modeling to actively promote chess.
Ju Wenjun (born January 31, 1991) holds the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. She was the No. 3 ranked female chess player (U-20) in the world on the January 2011 Top 20 Girls FIDE rating list. In September 2014, she won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. Ju is passionate about mind games and enjoys listening to music, reading and watching movies in her free time.
The Italian international bridge player is a six-time World Champion, a World Grand Master of the World Bridge Federation (WBF), and the WBF first-ranked player as of 2008. He is the only player, together with the American Robert “Bobby” Wolff, to have won 5 different World Championships. Fantoni's regular partner
is Claudio Nunes, the second-ranked World Grand Master (April 2011). They play "Fantunes", for their surnames, an innovative bidding system characterised by natural but forcing one-level opening bids in all four suits.
Wang Wenfei has been playing international bridge at the highest level since 1993.She has won a silver medal in the World Women’s Pairs, bronze in the 2007 Venice Cup and silver in the World Bridge Games National Women’s Teams. Her victory and gold medal in the 2009 Venice Cup and the corresponding rank of world women’s grand master, ensured her position as a member of the top echelon of women bridge players.
Viktoriya Motrichko (born March 10th,1989) hails from Ukraine. She participated in the 2012 SportAccord Mind Games where she won the silver medal. In 2013, Viktoriya got second place in both the rapid and blitz disciplines of the World Championship held in Den Helder, The Netherlands. She has been in impressive form in 2014, having won in the European Championship in the rapid and team events. She is passionate about music, especially singing, listening to the violin, playing the piano and dancing to folk and Latin music.
Ala Tenghua (born in 1993) has an impressive competitive record over the last 7 years in the Chinese draughts circuit. Her progress is shown by a 6th place in the 2013 Women’s World Championship, followed by becoming Asian Champion in the same year. She benefited from the wildcard given to China to participate in the 2011 World Mind Games. When not playing draughts, Ala enjoys reading, listening to music and playing table tennis.
Hajin Lee (born June 1988) picked up her interest in Go from her parents, both of whom taught her as a child. She joined a professional Go school in Seoul at the age of 9 and hasn’t looked back since. She has consistently been ranked amongst the top Go players in South Korea and has made the national team 4 times. Hajin has served as the secretary general of the International Go Federation since July 2014. Outside of work, Hajin enjoys reading books, biking, tennis, and traveling.
Jiaxi Tuo (born January 1991) became a professional player in 2002. In 2008, Jiaxi had 4 consecutive wins in at the 10th Nongshim Cup World Go Team Championship. Jiaxi moved from 1P Dan in 2002 to 9P Dan in 2014. He comes into the 2014 SportAccord World Mind Games highly motivated by a victory in the 18th LG Cup earlier this year. When he is not playing Go, Jiaxi enjoys playing sports such as football and badminton, and reading novels. Some of his favourite books are the Harry Potter series and Jin Young’s works.
Hok Him Wong
Hok Him has won the Hong Kong Open Xiangqi Individual Tournament twice, in 2012 and 2014. Earlier this year he obtained his third champion title in the Hong Kong Xiangqi Team Tournament after having won gold, both in 2006 and 2011. Hok Him is no rookie at the SportAccord World Mind Games. In its 2013 edition, Hok Him was 1st runner up in the Xiangqi men’s individuals. He is looking forward to improving his performance in 2014.
Tang Sinan, born in April 1997 is an extremely talented Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) player. In 2012, Sinan won the Nation Junior and Girls U16 Xiangqi Championship. She has been named National Xiangqi Junior Tournament winner 5 times. In 2001 she won the National Xiangqi Championship for the 1st rank players and obtained a 4th place in the 2013 National Xiangqi Tournament.
2013 was a very positive year for Sinan as clearly a very positive year for Sinan. Adding to her National individual title, she was top player at the 10th Weikai Realty Cup Non-Master Championship Women Division.