The International Mind Sports Association World Masters Championship is taking place in Hengshui, China from 13th till 18th of May. It includes 5 sports - bridge, chess, draughts, go, and xiangqi - with 17 disciplines in total, and gathers 170 players from 36 countries.
Chess part of IMSA Masters 2019 consists of rapid and blitz tournaments in open and women sections and gathered a solid line-up. Rating favorites are Wang Hao in rapid, Andreikin in blitz and Lei Tingjie in both women tournaments. Rapid championships will be held from 14th till 16th while Blitz tournaments are scheduled for 17-18 of May. The prize fund in open tournaments is 150,000 EUR and 100,000 EUR is the prize fund in women events.
Gata Kamsky (USA) and Jovanka Houska (ENG) will be the commentators of the Championships.
Promo video of the event on Youtube.
Message from the International Chess Federation (FIDE):
Dear participants and guests of the 1st IMSA World Masters Championship! Dear ladies and gentlemen!
On behalf of the leadership of the International Chess Federation, we would like to express our sincere greetings to the participants and guests of this great event. It is a pleasure to witness the significant developments that IMSA has achieved over the past years. We are grateful to the organizers, Five Forces and Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China. We would also like to thank the Municipality of Hengshui, Hebei province, for their commitment and generosity in supporting global Mind sports. The participation of thirty-two top chess athletes in a variety of fast-moving chess activities in the beautiful city of Hengshui, will enable them to serve as ambassadors to promote our sport. We hope all participants will produce tremendous games and will contribute a great deal in making the 1st IMSA World Masters Championship an unforgettable event! Wishing all players and guests an enjoyable stay in Hengshui!