World Mind Sports Games 2008: News and Results
The China National Convention Center in Beijing was the venue for the competitors in four mind sports: Chess, Bridge, Draughts and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess); Go was at the nearby Beijing International Conference Center.
The official results and team list web site showed that including officials the partipants were:
- Bridge 2591
- Chess 654
- Go 714
- Draughts 259
- Xiangqi 194
China had the biggest team, naturally, at 480, but mostly Bridge players. France had 109, USA and Russia 108, Chinese Taipei 107 and Netherlands 102. The combined UK team (including separate England, Wales and Scotland teams in some events) was 109 and there were 39 from Ireland.
Smallest teams with one player each were Honduras, American Samoa, St Martin, Nepal and Surinam. There were 126 teams in all.
The Go total was made up of 570 players from 61 countries, ranging in strength from 20 kyu (novice) to 9 dan pro and the rest officials, team captains, coaches and support team members.
The Irish Go Team consisted of just John Gibson. See the other pages for details of the UK Go (BGA) team.
See lots more pictures in the BGA's WMSG Galleries.
- Song, Ronghui (China)
- Lee, Min-Jin (Korea)
- Park, Ji-Eun (Korea)
- Kang, Dong-Yoon (Korea)
- Park, Jung-Sang (Korea)
- Li, Zhe (China)
- Jo, Tae-Won (North Korea)
- Ham, Young-Woo (Korea)
- Lee, Yong-Hee (Korea)
Britain's team qualified for the last 8.
- Fan Weijing / Hang Yizhong (China)
- Hsieh Yi-Min / Chou Chun-Hsun (Chinese Taipei)
- Lee Ha-Jin / On So-Jin (Korea)
Go Medals Table
The UK countries won three medals, a gold and two silvers to England in Bridge.
The BGA's news report was updated daily.
Michael Goetze, with James Davies, Max and Chen, produced a blog for the IGF called Ranka Online.