AARHUS, Denmark - The International Mind Sport Association (IMSA) General Meeting was held during the SportAccord Convention on 5th April, 2017. The application of the Mahjong International League (MIL) was unanimously approved, so now the IMSA counts on six affiliated international federations governing Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, Mahjong and XiangQi.
During the same meeting, MIL President Frank NG was elected vice-president of IMSA, in charge of marketing and disseminating, while M.me Chen Zelan, the director of the Chinese Chess Institute, was elected President to lead the new Board of the IMSA. The resolution was made that the 2nd edition of the IMSA Elite Games will be held in Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, China, from 16th to 22nd December 2017.
During its one year as Observer of the IMSA from last April 2016, the MIL has grown to 40 member-nations, gaining more observers from among 5 continents recognizing Mahjong Competition Rules (MCR), riichi rules and Sichuan rules (Chinese local rules) as the main 3 international competition rules, while also supporting the sportification of local rules.
To remove the luck factors, the MIL innovatively uses Duplicate Format for high-level competitions, including MCR teams and individuals, and Sichuan Rules. The MIL has operated worldwide level tournaments, such as the World Mahjong Sports Games, the Global Mahjong Champions League Online, and the World Grand Prix of Sichuan Rules. The second World Mahjong Sports Games will be held around April of 2018, and the venue is open for bidding.
Following the competitive spirits of international mind sports, the MIL has the goal to provide a worldwide platform for sharing common interest and cultural treasures by Mahjong and Duplicate Mahjong.
The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) was founded on April 19, 2005 during the GAISF (now SportAccord) General Assembly. The goal of IMSA was to gather different mind sports federations to pursue common aims and interests, to organize the World Mind Sports Games under the aegis of the General Association of International Sport Federations and further realize the inclusion of mind sports in the Olympic movement. In particular, the organization’s long-term plans include running World Mind Sports Games on the same lines as the Olympics. IMSA members include six international federations, as World Bridge Federation (WBF), International Go Federation (IGF), Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames (FMJD), and Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), World Xiangqi Federation (WXF) and now the Mahjong International League.