The 4th World Mindsports Championships concluded in Qatar, revealing this year’s Mindsports World Champion for each of the tournaments’ headline events.

The championships’ first foray in the Middle East, organised by Mindsports Academy (MSA) and hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), attracted over 1,000 players from 23 different countries. Over the course of the mind-bending competitions at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), contestants battled for the crown title, special prizes and over US $100,000  in prize money.

MSA CEO Dave Brannan said 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 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 also said that they are very proud to have hosted the international Mindsports community.

Sports tourism is a priority sub-sector for Qatar and this championship has given QTA the opportunity to demonstrate the sector’s growth potential while forging new partnerships, both local and international.’

To further grow Qatar’s sports tourism sub-sector, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is supporting the expansion 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 at the Mindsports Championships, QOC also organised a FIFA E-Sports Community Event on 27 August.


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

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

Visit the MSA website for more information about Mindsports events.