With less than three months to go, avid Chess players are preparing for their next battle onslaught at the 4th Mindsports Championship. Chess players from the around the globe, new and accomplished, will gather and compete in one of the most diverse chess events this year, organised by Mindsports Academy (MSA) and Qatar Tourism Authority Association (QTA).
Players of all ages and ability, will be welcomed in Qatar’s multi-purpose venue located in the heart of the country’s capital – Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), as they battle it out in five chess events. Their aim will be to become MSA World Chess Champions and take home a share of the $40,000 prize pool.
Overseen by International Arbiter Hal Bond and his team, the championships will kick off with a full Saturday of Bug House and Blitz. The main chess event with begin on Sunday 20th running over six days. Nine rounds will be played in total, with the Champion taking home $10,000. Throughout the week there will be daily side events and an open play area. The Chess event will conclude on Sunday 27th August with Rapid and a final Blitz tournament.
Canada’s Hal Bond, MSA’s Official Tournament Director is keen; “It’s going to be a wild ride – a most unique week. With five different events there is truly something for everyone.”
Dave Brannan CEO of Mindsports Academy said, “This is set to be the biggest Chess event for Mindsports Academy so far, we are delighted to be joined by Hal Bond and his expert team in what will be a spectacular festival of mindsports”
This is the 4th Mindsports Event held by Mindsports Academy. The Mindsports World Championships started in 2012. After taking a brief break in 2015, the annual event is set to grow bigger each year while incorporating many more mindsports.
The 4th Mindsports World Championships will be held between the 19th and 27th of August. In addition to Chess, the nine-day tournament’s headline events include Scrabble, Go, Backgammon and e-Sports. The championship is expected to attract 1,500 mindsports enthusiasts from over 40 different countries. They will be vying for their mindsport championship title, which will come with their share of a record total of $200,000 in cash prizes.
Full tournament details, a list of all the events, schedules and accommodation information are available at www.msawc2017.com