World Mind Sports Games 2008: News and Results

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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.

Team Lists

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.

BGA team        BGA team photos        BGA team biogs


Matthew Macfadyen and Rob Van Zeijst    BGA Men    Toby Manning and flag at Opening

See lots more pictures in the BGA's WMSG Galleries.

More pictures of Opening Ceremony (offsite)


Women's Individual

  1. Song, Ronghui (China)
  2. Lee, Min-Jin (Korea)
  3. Park, Ji-Eun (Korea)

Men's Individual

  1. Kang, Dong-Yoon (Korea)
  2. Park, Jung-Sang (Korea)
  3. Li, Zhe (China)

Open Individual

  1. Jo, Tae-Won (North Korea)
  2. Ham, Young-Woo (Korea)
  3. Lee, Yong-Hee (Korea)

Women's Team

Britain's team qualified for the last 8.

  1. China
  2. Korea
  3. Japan

Men's Team

  1. Korea
  2. China
  3. Japan

Pair Go

  1. Fan Weijing / Hang Yizhong (China)
  2. Hsieh Yi-Min / Chou Chun-Hsun (Chinese Taipei)
  3. Lee Ha-Jin / On So-Jin (Korea)

Go Medals Table

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotalAll Sports
North Korea10011
Chinese Taipei01011

The UK countries won three medals, a gold and two silvers to England in Bridge.


The BGA's news report was updated daily.

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