Mindsports world champs named in Doha

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The 4th World Mindsports Championships concluded yesterday in Qatar revealing the 2017 Mindsports World Champion in each of the tournaments’ headline events.


The title of Chess Rapid Champion went to Bologan Victor- 7- GM- from MDA ; Chess Youth Rapid winner was Ieyssa Bin- Suhayl- 7/7 from the UK


Scrabble Championship - Thilina Elvitigala

Scrabble Junior Championship - Imadith Egodawatta

Arabic Scrabble Championship -Abdelrahman Aboughanima

Arabic Scrabble Junior Championship – Telfick  Aboughanima


FIFA - Mohamed Al Yazidi

Call of Duty – Team VC Blue


Bridge Mixed Pairs –  Firyal Wahab & Muhammad P Akhtar

Bridge Team 1-day Friendly - Abdullah Chaaban & Jehad Al Hajj

Bridge Pairs – Abdul Shaheid & Mehmoud A Fattah

The Championships’ first foray in the Middle East, organised by Mindsports Academy (MSA) and hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), attracted over 1000 players from 23 different countries. Over the course of nine days of mind-bending competitions at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC), contestants battled it for the crown title, special prizes and over $100,000 USD in prize money.

Dave Brannan, CEO of MSA, remarked, “It was an amazingly successful event. Bringing it to Qatar was certainly the right choice as the venue is undoubtedly the best we have ever been in anywhere in the world, Qatar is friendly and welcoming and the city exciting, vibrant and full of interest. We have brought the world together to compete and make new friends and we look forward to returning soon as Qatar has won our hearts and exercised our minds”.

Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, remarked, “We are proud to have hosted the international mindsports community to experience first-hand Qatar’s authentic tourism offering.” He added, “Sports tourism is a priority subsector for Qatar and this championship has given QTA the opportunity to demonstrate the sector’s growth potential while forging new partnerships both locally and internationally.”

To further grow Qatar’s sports tourism sub-sector, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is supporting the expansion of the range of sports events held in Qatar. QTA partnered with QOC to cross promote the emerging e-sports scene in Qatar. In addition to the e-sports competitions which took place at the Mindsports Championships, QOC organised a FIFA e-Sports Community Event on 27 August.

The 4th Mindsports World Championships partners included Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Aspire Zone Foundation, Ooreedoo, AlFardan Automobiles, Adabisc, Strike and KiddyZone.

The event was made possible thanks also to collaborations with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar Bridge Association, Qatar Chess Federation, Mall of Qatar, Marriot Marquis Hotel and Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.