GO players from across the globe will battle to take home a share of the $40,000 prize pool

The origins of GO may be shrouded in the mists of ancient Chinese history but the MSA World Championship GO Congress Tournament Organiser is certainly no mystery when it comes to this strategy board game.

US born Michael Fodera has been involved in this ancient Chinese game since the age of 13, having played a number of tournaments himself, his main focus now is to promote and build the game.

Working with Mindsports Academy (MSA) and Qatar Tourism Authority, Michael is bringing the game to the 4th Mindsports World Championship taking place in Doha, Qatar this August.

The MSA Go Congress is by no means a small challenge. With a full nine-day schedule, including youth tournaments, workshops and lectures, there is sure to be something for everyone. The prize pool will see players walking away with a share of $40,000.

Michael said, “I am thrilled to be a part of this historic event, and delighted to see mindsports being put on a global stage.” He followed on to say, “In addition to the Go board, you’ll find me trying my hand at a few other mindsports.”

Dave Brannan, CEO of Mindsports Academy said, “GO is one of the most intriguing sports on our menu this August, we are excited to have Michael leading the team in this diverse event.”

The 4th Mindsports World Championships will be held between the 19th and 27th of August, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), the state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue located in the capital city’s West Bay. In addition to Go, the nine-day tournament’s headline events include Scrabble, Chess, 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