List of world championships in mind sports

This article gives a list of world championships in mind sports which usually represent the most prestigious competition for a specific board game, card game or mind sport. World championships can only be held for most games or mind sports with the ratification of an official body. Some Eastern games only have amateur world championships and separate professional competitions as can be seen for Go (list of professional Go tournaments).

Mind Sports Olympiad All-round

World championships organized by Mind Sports Olympiad, that consist of competitions across multiple events to find the strongest games all-rounders.

Sport / Competition name Competing
Current holder Last Held Next Held every
Decamentathlon World Championship[1] Individuals 1997 Martyn Hamer 2019 2020 One year
Modern Abstract Games World Championship[2] Individuals 2008 Andres Kuusk 2020 2021 One year
Pentamind World Championship[3] Individuals 1997 Ankhush Khandelwal 2020 2021 One year

Classic/traditional board games

Major world championships for classic strategy board games, such as chess or go.

Category Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Backgammon Backgammon Backgammon World Championship Individuals 1967 Eli Roymi 2019 2020 One year
Chaturanga variants Chess World Chess Championship Individuals 1886 Magnus Carlsen 2018 2020 Two years
Shogi Meijin (shogi) Individuals 1937 Masayuki Toyoshima 2019 2020 One year
Xiangqi World Xiangqi Championship Individuals 1990 Wang Tianyi 2017 2019 Two years
Draughts International draughts Draughts World Championship Individuals 1885 Alexander Georgiev 2019 2021 One year
English draughts World Checkers Championship Individuals 1840 Sergio Scarpetta (3-Move)
Lubabalo Kondlo (GAYP)
Two years
Brazilian draughts and
Russian draughts
World Draughts-64 Championship Individuals 1985
Alexander Schwarzman (Braz)
Andrei Fedotov (Rus)
One year
Go Go Ing Cup Individuals 1988 Tang Weixing 2016 2020 Four years
Gomoku Gomoku Gomoku World Championship Individuals 1989 Martin Muzika 2019 2021 Two years
Renju Renju World Championship Individuals 1989 Cao Dong 2019 2021 Two years
Mancala Awale International Awale Tournament[4] Individuals 1998 Trevor Simon 2020 2021 One year
Morris Morabaraba Morabaraba World Championship Individuals 1997 Senane Gadlela 2015 2016 One year
Reversi Othello World Othello Championship Individuals 1977 Akihiro Takahashi 2019 2020 One year

Classic/traditional card/tile games

World championships in Traditional card games and tile-based games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Contract bridge Bermuda Bowl Teams 1950 Poland 2019 2021 Two years
Dominoes World Championship Domino Tournament[5] Individuals 1976 Chris Authement 2019 2020 One year
Domino World Championship[6] Individuals 1995 Hege Lofthus 2011 2012 One year
Mahjong World Mahjong Championship

World Riichi Championship





Baohua Sun

Tomotake Masaharu





Two years

Three years

Poker World Series of Poker Main Event Individuals 1970 Hossein Ensan 2019 2020 One year


All-round game competitions of esports.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Frequency
Esports International e-Sports Federation Nations 2009  Japan 2021 One year

Official world championships in both individual and team based esports.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Frequency
Arena of Valor Arena of Valor International Championship Teams 2017 Team Flash (2019) 2020 One year
Arena of Valor World Cup Nations 2018 Vietnam (2019) 2021 One year
Call of Duty Call of Duty Championship Teams 2013 Dallas Empire (2020) 2021 One year
Clash Royale Clash Royale Crown Championship Individuals 2017 Sérgio "Sergioramos" Ramos (2017) TBD No regular schedule
Clash Royale League Teams 2018 Team Liquid (2019) 2020 One year
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship Teams Fall 2013 Astralis (2019 Fall) 2020 Spring Biyearly
Dota 2 The International Teams 2011 OG (2019) 2020 One year
EA Sports FIFA FIFA eWorld Cup Individuals 2004 Mohammed "MoAuba" Harkous (2019) 2020 One year
Fortnite: Battle Royale Fortnite World Cup Solos 2019 Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (2019) 2020 One year
Duos Emil "Nyhrox" Pederson & David "aqua" W. (2019)
Hearthstone HearthStone Grandmasters - Global Finals Individuals 2019 Sato "Glory" Kenta (2020) 2021 One year
HearthStone Global Games Nations 2017 Denmark (2019) 2020 One year
Heroes of the Storm Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Teams 2016 Generation Gaming (2018) One year
League of Legends League of Legends World Championship Teams 2011 Damwon Gaming (2020) 2021 One year
Overwatch Overwatch World Cup Nations 2016 United States (2019) 2020 One year
Overwatch League Teams 2018 San Francisco Shock (2020) 2021 One year
PES PES League Individuals 2010 Walid "usmakabyle" Teban (2019) 2020 One year
Teams 2018 eLiga Sul Stars (2019)
Pokémon Pokémon World Championships Individuals 2009

Shoma Honami (2015: Master)
Mark McQuillan (2015: Senior)
Kotone Yasue (2015: Junior)

2016 One year
PUBG PUBG Global Invitational - TPP Teams 2018 Generation Gaming Gold (2018) 2019 One year
PUBG Global Invitational - FPP Oh My God (2018)
PUBG Mobile Star Challenge RRQ Athena (2018)
Smite Smite World Championship Teams 2015 eUnited (2018) 2019 One year
StarCraft II ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II Individuals 2020/21 Riccardo "Reynor" Romiti (2021) 2021/22 One year
Street Fighter Capcom Cup Individuals 2017 iDom (2019) 2020 One year
Toribash Toribash World Championship Individuals 2012 Watermagic (2020) 2020 One year
Clan League Team 2007 Alpha (2020) 2020 One year
World of Warcraft World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Teams 2008 Method Black (2019) 2020 One year

Mental disciplines

Competitions using mental tests.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Memory World Memory Championships[7] Individuals 1991 Emma Alam 2021 One year
Mental calculation Mental Calculation World Cup Individuals 2004 Tomohiro Iseda 2020 Two years
MSO Mental Calculation World Championship Individuals 1998 Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash Jonnalagadda 2021 One year
Junior Mental Calculation World Championship Individuals (age restricted) 2013

Mohammad El Mir (Juniors 1)
Wenzel Grüß (Juniors 2)
Izdar Abulizi (Seniors)

2017 One year
Memory and Calculation Memoriad Individuals 2008 (15 winners) 2020 Four years

Modern board games

Competitions in abstract strategy games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Arimaa Arimaa World Championship[8] Individuals 2004 Jerome Richmond 2020 One year
Bōku Bōku World Championship[9] Individuals 2000 Alain Dekker 2017 One year
Entropy/Hyle Entropy World Championship[9] Individuals 1997 David Jameson 2019 One year
GIPF Project Gipf World Championship Individuals 2008 Mathijs Booden (2008)
Kamisado Kamisado World Championship[9] Individuals 2011 Andres Kuusk 2017 One Year
Lines of Action LoA World Championship[9] Individuals 1997 James Heppell 2017 One year
Stratego Stratego World Championship[9] Individuals 1997 Tim Slagboom 2020 One year
Twixt TwixT World Championship[9] Individuals 1997 Florian Jamain 2017 One Year

Modern card games

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering World Championship Individuals 1994 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 2019 2020 One year
World Magic Cup[10] Teams 1995 France 2018 2019 One year
Pokémon Trading Card Game Pokémon World Championships[11] Individuals 2004

Haruki Miyamoto (Junior)
Kaya Lichtleitner (Senior)
Henry Brand (Master)

2019 2020 One year
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships[12] Individuals 2003

Kosaka Kouki
Kobayashi Shuhei (Duel Links)
Sun Shang En (Junior)

2019 2021 One year
Wizard Card Game Wizard World Championship[13] Individuals 2010 Spyros Keramas 2019 2021 One year

Multiplayer board games

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Diplomacy World Diplomacy Convention[14] Individuals 1988 Gwen Maggi 2020 One year (since 1994)
Hare and Tortoise Hare and Tortoise World Championships[15] Individuals 1997 Dario de Toffoli 2017 One year
Monopoly Monopoly World Championships[16] Individuals 1973 Ashleigh Bailey TBD No regular schedule
Settlers of Catan Catan World Championships[17] Individuals 2002 Quetzal Hernández 2020 Two years
4 games German Board Game Championship[18] Teams (4 players) 1984 Team Bogdan, Bonn 2018 One year
4 games EuropeMasters - European Championships Boardgames[19] Teams (4 players) 1988 Nash Equilibrium, CZ 2018 One year

Speaking competitions

World championships in speaking.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Auctioneering World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Individuals 1963 Jared Miller (2018) 2019 One year
Debating World Universities Debating Championship[20] Pairs 1979 Daniel A. DeBois & Archie J.W. Hall (2018) 2019 One year
World Schools Debating Championships Nations 1988 China (2018) 2019 One year
Debating (Spanish) World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish
Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español[20]
Pairs 2011 Antonio Fabregat & Javier De La Puerta (2017) 2018 One year
Debating (Portuguese) World Debating Championship in Portuguese
Campeonato Mundial de Debate em Língua Portuguesa[20]
Pairs 2018 David Alatorre López & Brittany Garcia (2019) TBD One year

Tile games

World championships held in tile-based games include:

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Carcassonne Carcassone World Championship[21] Individuals 2006 Genro Fujimoto 2019 One year
Juniors 2017 Samuel Pires
Continuo Continuo World Championship[9] Individuals 1997 David M. Pearce 2017 One year
Hexago Hexago World Championship[9] Individuals 2007 David M. Pearce (2007)
Saboteur Saboteur World Championship[22] Individuals Oleg K. 2020 One year
Tantrix Tantrix World Championship (online)[23] Individuals 1998 Tamás Gombkötő 2015 One year
Tantrix World Open (real tiles)[24] Individuals 2009 Niklas Andersson 2015[25] One year (irregular)

Word games

World championships in word games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Scrabble (English) World Scrabble Championship[26] Individuals 1991 Nigel Richards (2019) 2020 Two years; one year since 2013
Scrabble (Spanish) Spanish World Scrabble Championship[27] Individuals 1997 Selene Delgado (2017) 2018 One year
Scrabble (French) French World Scrabble Championship Duplicate[28] Individuals 1972 Nigel Richards (2017) 2018 One year
French World Scrabble Championship Classic[28] Individuals 2006 Benjamin Valour (2017) 2018 One year

Information technology

World championships in competitive programming.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Competitive programming Topcoder Open Individuals 2001 Gennady Korotkevich (2017) 2020 once a year
Corewars ICWS Individuals/teams 1985  ?  ? yearly

See also


  1. "Full results for 2019 Decamentathlon World Championship - Mind Sports Olympiad".
  2. "2020 Medal Table - Mind Sports OlympiadMind Sports Olympiad - Mind Sports Olympiad".
  3. "Ankush Khandelwal Wins the 2020 Pentamind World Championship - Mind Sports Olympiad".
  4. "International Awale Tournament - The Oware Society".
  5. by Rotary Club:"World Championship Domino Tournament page".
  6. by Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): "Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): World Championship page".
  7. Omonira-Oyekanmi, Rebecca; Moyer, Justin (2010-09-13). "For this champion, life is (mostly) a memory game". The Washington Post.
  8. Arimaa World Championship results pages,, 31 Dec 2014
  9. Mind Sports Olympiad results pages,, 15 February 2011
  10. "2018 World Magic Cup - Deux fois c'est bien". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  11. "Meet the 2019 Pokémon World Champions!". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  13. "Wizard World Champion 2018". Retrieved 20 Jan 2019.
  14. Peery, Larry. "A History of World DipCon". Diplomatic Corps.
  15. "2015 Results". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  16. "Italy Defeats Defending Champion".
  17. "CATAN World Championship 2018 in Cologne: The new world champion comes from Mexico". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  18. "German Board Game Championship for teams /".
  19. "EuropeMasters - Open European Championships Boardgames".[permanent dead link]
  20. World Debating website,
  21. Moder, Peter Janshoff / Thomas. "Carcassonne - World Championship 2018 - Finals". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  22. Möder, Felix (1 December 2018). "The Saboteur Award Ceremony". Amigo Spiele. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  23. Tantrix official results (online) 2013
  24. Tantrix official results 2013
  25. Announcement of 5th WTO (World Tantrix Open) Archived 2014-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
  26. Official Scrabble World Championship site,
  27. FISE Scrabble site,
  28. FISF Scrabble site,