List of world championships in mind sports

This page 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).

All-round game competitionsEdit

World championships 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
Abstract strategy games Abstract Games World Championship[1] Individuals 2008   Andres Kuusk 2013 2014 One year
Esports International e-Sports Federation Nations 2009   South Korea 2018 2019 One year
Decamentathlon Decamentathlon World Championship[2] Individuals 1997   Matthew Hathrell 2017 2018 One year
Mind Sports The Pentamind[2] Individuals 1997   James Heppell 2017 2018 One year

Classic/traditional strategy gamesEdit

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

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Backgammon Backgammon World Championship Individuals 1967   Eli Roymi 2019 2020 One year
Chess World Chess Championship Individuals 1886   Magnus Carlsen 2018 2020 Two years
International draughts Draughts World Championship Individuals 1885   Roel Boomstra 2018 2019 One year
English draughts World Checkers Championship Individuals 1847   Sergio Scarpetta (3-Move)
  Lubabalo Kondlo (GAYP)
Two years
Brazilian draughts and
Russian draughts
World Draughts-64 Championship Individuals 1985
  Alexander Schwarzman (Braz)
  Igor Mikhalchenko (Rus)
One year
Go Ing Cup Individuals 1988   Tang Weixing 2016 2020 Four years
Renju Renju World Championship Individuals 1989   Cao Dong 2019 2021 Two years
Gomoku Gomoku World Championship Individuals 1989   Martin Muzika 2019 2021 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

Card gamesEdit

World championships in card games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Last held Next Held every
Contract bridge Bermuda Bowl Teams 1950   Poland 2019 2021 Two years
Mahjong World Mahjong Championship Individuals 2002   Baohua Sun 2017 2019 Two years
Poker World Series of Poker Main Event Individuals 1970   Hossein Ensan 2019 2020 One year
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering World Championship Individuals 1994   Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 2019 2020 One year
World Magic Cup[3] Teams 1995   France 2018 2019 One year
Pokémon Trading Card Game Pokémon World Championships[4] 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[5] Individuals 2004

  Wang Chia Ching
  Takahiro Hamada (Duel Links)
  Charley Futch III (Junior)

2018 2019 One year
Wizard Card Game Wizard World Championship[6] Individuals 2010   Vasilis Papadakis 2018 2019 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   eUnited (2019) 2019 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 Championship Tour Individuals 2018 Summer   Mihai “languagehacker” Dragalin (2018 Fall) 2018 Winter One quarter
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) 2019 One year
League of Legends League of Legends World Championship Teams 2011   FunPlus Phoenix (2019) 2020 One year
Overwatch Overwatch World Cup Nations 2016   United States (2019) 2020 One year
Overwatch League Teams 2018   San Francisco Shock (2019) 2020 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 StarCraft II World Championship Series Individuals 2012   Joona "Serral" Sotala (2018) 2019 One year
Street Fighter Capcom Cup Individuals 2017   iDom (2019) 2020 One year
World of Warcraft World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Teams 2008   Method Black (2019) 2020 One year

Mental disciplinesEdit

Competitions using mental tests.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Memory World Memory Championships[7] Individuals 1991   Alex Mullen 2018 One year
Mental calculation Mental Calculation World Cup Individuals 2004   Tomohiro Iseda 2020 Two years
MSO Mental Calculation World Championship Individuals 1998   Wenzel Grüß 2020 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 abstract strategy gamesEdit

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
Morabaraba Morabaraba World Championship Individuals 1997   Rannyadi Moses (2008)
Othello/Reversi World Othello Championship[9] Individuals 1977   Yusuke Takanashi 2018 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

Multiplayer board gamesEdit

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Diplomacy World Diplomacy Convention[10] Individuals 1988   Gwen Maggi 2020 One year (since 1994)
Hare and Tortoise Hare and Tortoise World Championships[11] Individuals 1997   Dario de Toffoli 2017 One year
Monopoly Monopoly World Championships[12] Individuals 1973   Ashleigh Bailey TBD No regular schedule
Settlers of Catan Catan World Championships[13] Individuals 2002   Quetzal Hernández 2020 Two years
4 games German Board Game Championship[14] Teams (4 players) 1984   Team Bogdan, Bonn 2018 One year
4 games EuropeMasters - European Championships Boardgames[15] Teams (4 players) 1988   Nash Equilibrium, CZ 2018 One year

Professional services competitionsEdit

World championships for professionals and students in professional services industries and disciplines.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Big Data Analytics TEXATA: Big Data Analytics World Championships[16] Individuals 2014   Thomas Hjelde Thoresen 2018 One year
Financial Modeling ModelOff: Financial Modeling World Championships[17] Individuals 2012   Joseph Lau 2016 One year
Loyalty Marketing and Gamification LoyaltyGames: Loyalty and Gamification World Championships[18] Individuals 2014   Martin Naude 2016 Two years

Speaking competitionsEdit

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[19] 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[19]
Pairs 2011   Antonio Fabregat & Javier De La Puerta (2017) 2018 One year

Tile gamesEdit

World championships held in tile-based games include:

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Carcassonne Carcassone World Championship[20] Individuals 2006   Genro Fujimoto 2019 One year
Juniors 2017   Samuel Pires
Continuo Continuo World Championship[9] Individuals 1997   David M. Pearce 2017 One year
Dominoes World Championship Domino Tournament[21] Individuals 1976   Chris Authement 2020 One year
Domino World Championship[22] Individuals 1995   Hege Lofthus 2012 One year
Hexago Hexago World Championship[9] Individuals 2007   David M. Pearce (2007)
Saboteur Saboteur World Championship[23] Individuals   Oleg K. 2020 One year
Tantrix Tantrix World Championship (online)[24] Individuals 1998   Tamás Gombkötő 2015 One year
Tantrix World Open (real tiles)[25] Individuals 2009   Niklas Andersson 2015[26] One year (irregular)

Word gamesEdit

World championships in word games.

Sport Competition name Competing
Current holder Next Held every
Scrabble (English) World Scrabble Championship[27] Individuals 1991   Nigel Richards (2019) 2020 Two years; one year since 2013
Scrabble (Spanish) Spanish World Scrabble Championship[28] Individuals 1997   Selene Delgado (2017) 2018 One year
Scrabble (French) French World Scrabble Championship Duplicate[29] Individuals 1972   Nigel Richards (2017) 2018 One year
French World Scrabble Championship Classic[29] Individuals 2006   Benjamin Valour (2017) 2018 One year

Information technologyEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Abstract Games page at MSO, Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine, 15 February 2011
  2. ^ a b Mind Sports Olympiad Supplements, The Times, July–August 1997.
  3. ^ "2018 World Magic Cup - Deux fois c'est bien". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Meet the 2019 Pokémon World Champions!". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Wizard World Champion 2018". Retrieved 20 Jan 2019.
  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. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mind Sports Olympiad results pages,, 15 February 2011
  10. ^ Peery, Larry. "A History of World DipCon". Diplomatic Corps.
  11. ^ "2015 Results". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Italy Defeats Defending Champion".
  13. ^ "CATAN World Championship 2018 in Cologne: The new world champion comes from Mexico". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  14. ^ "German Board Game Championship for teams /".
  15. ^ "EuropeMasters - Open European Championships Boardgames".[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ TEXATA website,
  17. ^ ModelOff website,
  18. ^ LoyaltyGames website,
  19. ^ a b World Debating website,
  20. ^ Moder, Peter Janshoff / Thomas. "Carcassonne - World Championship 2018 - Finals". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  21. ^ by Rotary Club:"World Championship Domino Tournament page".
  22. ^ by Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): "Fédération Internationale de Domino (FIDO): World Championship page".
  23. ^ Möder, Felix (1 December 2018). "The Saboteur Award Ceremony". Amigo Spiele. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  24. ^ Tantrix official results (online) 2013
  25. ^ Tantrix official results 2013
  26. ^ Announcement of 5th WTO (World Tantrix Open) Archived 2014-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Official Scrabble World Championship site,
  28. ^ FISE Scrabble site,
  29. ^ a b FISF Scrabble site,