On December 9, 2011, the inaugural Sports Accord World Mind Games kicked off in Beijing, China.
The Sports Accord World Mind Games
Participants from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe and gathered to pit their minds against each other in Bridge, Chess, Chinese Chess, Draughts and Go.
There are two Go events held at the games – mixed Pair Go and the mixed team competition.
The mixed team event is a round robin between six teams (four males and one female per team) – China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the USA.
This is an exciting and rare opportunity for top amateur players from the USA and Europe to take on top Asian professional players.
Mind games results so far
So far in the mixed team event, three rounds have been played.
In round 1:
- China defeated Europe
- Korea defeated Taiwan
- Japan defeated USA
In round 2:
- Japan defeated Europe
- China defeated Taiwan
- Korea defeated USA
In round 3:
- Japan defeated Taiwan
- USA defeated Europe
- China defeated Korea
The match between China and Korea drew a lot of attention because winning would give them a good chance of winning the event.
Team China emerged victorious with Gu, Xie and Li winning their matches.
Round 3 China vs Korea results
The detailed results were:
- Lee Sedol defeated Kong Jie
- Gu Li defeated Choi Cheolhan
- Xie He defeated Park Junghwan
- Lee Younggu defeated Piao Wenyao
- Li He defeated Kim Hyemin
China and Japan remain undefeated so far and the winner of the China vs Japan match will likely win the event.
The round robin will continue on December 13 and 14 and mixed Pair Go will take place on December 15 and 16. See Ranka Online, the AGA E-Journal and the World Mind Games official website for more news.
2011 World Mind Games photo gallery
Game record: Choi Cheolhan (Korea) vs Gu Li (China)
Game record: Kong Jie (China) vs Catalin Taranu (Europe)
Game record: Li Jie (USA) vs Yamashiro Hiroshi (Japan)