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Winton Capital Management, one of the UK’s most successful investment management companies, has agreed to sponsor the British Go Association (BGA) to send a 20-strong UK team to the World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in Beijing in October. With all eyes currently on the Olympic Games, it is not generally appreciated that the Olympic venue will later be used to host a similar event for the world’s “Mind Sports” players.

Go (known as Wei-qi in China, Igo in Japan, and Baduk in Korea) is one of the world’s premier mind sports. It was invented in China around 3000 years ago and is today hugely popular in the Far East where a network of professional players is supported. In addition to Go, the Beijing event will also include chess, bridge, draughts and Chinese chess.

In the UK, the BGA ( supports Go clubs throughout the...

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