Wednesday, 3 June 2009

WMSG 2013

Via a source in the International Go Federation (IGF) comes news of the next World Mind Sports Games (which was last held in China in 2008). Firstly it has been decided to shift the next Games to 2013, so as to avoid a clash with the real Olympics. This has the added benefit of avoiding a clash with the Chess Olympiad as well, which certainly affected the turnout last year.
Secondly the list of bidding cities for this event is an interesting one. The Middle East has both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while China has Hangzhou. But the real surprise in the pack is Adelaide, Australia! My source didn't know who was behind the Adelaide bid, but surmised it might be the Australian Bridge Federation. I'm inclined to agree with him, but you never know. The Australian Chess Federation may have found that elusive big dollar sponsor they have been looking for after all.

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