The 1st IMSA Elite Mind Games (IEMG) was held from February 25 to March 3 at New Century Hotel Huaian, China. IEMG has featured five mind sports as official disciplines – Go, chess, bridge, draughts, and Xiangqi. In Go, 30 top players around the world competed for total prize money of 200,000 EUR in three medal events: Men’s Team, Women’s Individual, and Pair.
IEMG is a re-branded event of SportAccord World Mind Games, which was hosted in Beijing four times annually from 2011 to 2014. As SportAccord went through restructuring and became unable to host World Mind Games, IMSA (the International Mind Sports Association), the co-organizer of the SportAccord World Mind Games, took responsibility and succeeded in bringing the event back under the new title. It is expected that IEMG will continue to be held on an annual basis as a major mind-sport event.