McConnell Cup is a team event for women held every four years as part of the World Bridge Series Championships. The event was inaugurated in 1994 and is named in honor of Ruth McConnell, former treasurer for the World Bridge Federation (WBF) and former president of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). McConnell was also instrumental in inaugurating the Venice Cup women's team championship in 1974.
The full name of this championship is World Women Knockout Teams. The knockout format pertains only to the late stages, however, evidently a four-round knockout with 16 teams except for a five-round 32-team KO in 1998. It appears that the field has been divided into two groups or four groups for round-robin play, with the top eight or top four advancing from each group to the knockout stage.
The next rendition will be at the "World Bridge Series Championships" meet in 2014. The Chinese Contract Bridge Association will host in Sanya, Hainan, from 10 to 25 October. The series name for the meet is new but WBF calls this the 14th World Bridge Series, or 14th Red Bull World Bridge Series. It will be the 6th competition for the McConnell Cup, and the 6th world championship for women teams in the series.
|Year, Venue, Entries||Medalists|
Jill Blanchard, Marinesa Letizia, Sue Picus, Rozanne Pollack, Judi Radin (USA)
Karen Allison, JoAnne Casen, Dori Cohen, Joann Glasson, JoAnn Manfield, Sally Woolsey (USA)
|3.||Alder — Mildred Breed, Tobi Deutsch, Amalya Kearse, Joyce Lilie, Jacqui Mitchell, Jo Morse (USA)|
|Tornay — Judi Cody, Shelley Lapkoff, Linda Perlman, JoAnna Stansby, Carlyn Steiner, Claire Tornay (USA)|
Maria Erhart, Doris Fischer, Sylvia Terraneo, Terry Weigkricht (Austria)
Daniela von Arnim, Sabine Auken, Katrin Farwig, Barbara Stawowy (Germany)
|3.||Truscott — Jill Meyers, Shawn Quinn, Carol Sanders, Tobi Sokolow, JoAnn Sprung, Dorothy Truscott (USA)|
|Wood — Mickie Kivel, Ellee Lewis, Terry Michaels, Claire Tornay, Nadine Wood (USA)|
Lynn Deas, Irina Levitina, Jill Meyers, Randi Montin, Beth Palmer, Kerri Sanborn (USA)
Mildred Breed, Rozanne Pollack, Shawn Quinn, Judi Radin, Valerie Westheimer, (Hjördís Eyþórsdóttir)* (USA)
Véronique Bessis, Bénédicte Cronier, Catherine D'Ovidio, Sylvie Willard (France)
Victoria Gromova (RUS), Marinesa Letizia (USA), Tatiana Ponomareva (RUS), Janice Seamon-Molson (USA), Tobi Sokolow (USA), Carlyn Steiner (USA)
Jill Levin, Irina Levitina, Jill Meyers, Hansa Narasimhan, Debbie Rosenberg, JoAnna Stansby (USA)
Kathrine Bertheau, Catarina Midskog, Jenny Wolpert, Mari Ryman (Sweden)
||1.|| China Ladies
Xuefeng FENG, Ling GU, Yan LU, Ming SUN, Yanhui SUN, Hongli WANG (China)
Carla Arnolds, Jet Pasman, Anneke Simons, Martine Verbeek, Bep Vriend, Wietske van Zwol (Netherlands)
Daniele Allouche-Gaviard (FRA), Shannon Cappelletti (USA), Catherine D'Ovidio (FRA), Phyllis Fireman (USA), Victoria Gromova (RUS), Tatiana Ponomareva (RUS)
- * The WBF stripped Eyþórsdóttir of her silver medal for refusing to take a drug test
- "2014 World Bridge Series Championships to be held in Sanya in October". Sanya News. 19 June 2014. What's On Sanya (whatsonsanya.com). Retrieved 2014-09-11.
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- Results & Participants (McConnell Cup), 11th World Championships, 2002. WBF.
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- Bridge player is stripped of medal for refusing drug test
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- World Women KO Teams To Date (table) at the World Bridge Federation