Country for PR: China
Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, May 16 2019 - 22:39
"Super brains" in board and card games from all over the world play together in Hengshui
HENGSHUI, China, May 16, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The 2019 IMSA World Masters Championship (Hengshui) is an international A-level 
event hosted by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) and organized 
by the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration 
of Sport of China, Hebei Provincial Sports Bureau, and Hengshui Municipal 
People's Government.

A grand opening of the event themed "Beautiful Hengshui, Bright Future" was 
held in Hengshui Poly Theatre on 13th May, 2019. The Honorable Member of the 
International Olympic Committee and President of World Xiangqi Federation, 
Timothy Fok Tsun-Ting, President of IMSA, Chen Zelan, and Grand Master and Vice 
Chairman of the Chinese Go Association, Nie Weiping, as well as Masaki Takemiya 
and Koichi Kobayashi, world-class Go masters attended the opening ceremony.

The event consists of five sports, including Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, and 
Xiangqi with 17 disciplines in total and will have 99 medals in gold, silver 
and bronze. 240 professional top players and officials from 49 countries and 
regions gather in Hengshui and fight for the title in 5 days. It's safe to say 
that the "super brains" of world board and card games gather for top-level 
competition. Board and card game fans are on tiptoe of expectation for the 
fierce competition and wonderful contents.

Source: The International Mind Sports Association

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   Caption: The opening ceremony of the 2019 IMSA World Masters Championship