World Open Pairs Championship
The World Open Pairs Championship is a contract bridge competition initiated in 1962 and held as part of the World Bridge Series Championships every four years. Open to all pairs without any quota restrictions on nationality, the championship is widely regarded as the most prestigious pairs competition in contract bridge. In its present form, the competition lasts eight days.
World meets commonly run for 15 days on a schedule whose details vary.
In 2006 the Open Pairs played Saturday to Saturday, the 8th to 15th days of the meet, with five qualifying, five semifinal, and five final sessions. At the start of qualifying, 32 teams remained in the knockout stage of the marquee teams competition for the Rosenblum Cup. During qualifying sessions for the pairs, the Rosenblum teams were reduced from 32 to 8. There were some provisions for late entry to the pairs by players knocked out of the teams at a late stage. There were 392 pairs in the qualifier, 193 in the semifinal, and 72 in the final.
United States pairs have won four of 13 tournaments, Brazil two, Poland two, and five other nations one each. Marcelo Branco of Brazil is the only two-time champion.
||1.||Pierre Jaïs||Roger Trézel|
|2.||Terence Reese||Boris Schapiro|
|[NB 1]||3.||René Bacherich||Pierre Ghestem|
||1.||Hans Kreijns||Bob Slavenburg|
|2.||John Fisher||Jim Jacoby|
|[NB 1]||3.||B. Jay Becker||Dorothy Hayden|
||1.||Fritz Babsch||Peter Manhardt|
|2.||Benito Garozzo||Federico Mayer|
|[NB 1]||3.||William Saulino||Italo Zanasi|
||[NB 2]||1.||Bob Hamman||Bobby Wolff|
|2.||Adriano Abate||Leandro Burgay|
|3.||Federico De Paula||Italo Zanasi|
||1.||Marcelo Branco||Gabino Cintra|
|2.||Eric Kokish||Peter Nagy|
|3.||Roger Bates||John Mohan|
||1.||Chip Martel||Lew Stansby|
|2.||Anton Maas||Max Rebattu|
|3.||Gabriel Chagas||Roberto Mello|
||1.||Jeff Meckstroth||Eric Rodwell|
|2.||Heinrich Berger||Wolfgang Meinl|
|3.||Steve Burgess||Paul Marston|
||1.||Marcelo Branco||Gabriel Chagas|
|2.||Ralph Katz||Peter Nagy|
|3.||Cezary Balicki||Adam Żmudziński|
||1.||Marcin Leśniewski||Marek Szymanowski|
|2.||Bob Hamman||Michael Rosenberg|
|3.||Eric Kirchhoff||Anton Maas|
||1.||Michał Kwiecień||Jacek Pszczoła|
|2.||David Berkowitz||Larry N. Cohen|
|3.||Peter Fredin||Magnus Lindkvist|
||327||1.||Fulvio Fantoni||Claudio Nunes|
|2.||Zia Mahmood||Michael Rosenberg|
|3.||Diego Brenner||Gabriel Chagas|
||392||1.||FU Zhong||ZHAO Jie|
|2.||Bobby Levin||Steve Weinstein|
|3.||Fulvio Fantoni||Claudio Nunes|
||313||1.||Bobby Levin||Steve Weinstein|
|2.||Björn Fallenius||Peter Fredin|
|3.||Josef Piekarek||Alexander Smirnov|
-  The WBF currently lists only the winners and runners up, neither third place nor the size of the field.
- For 1974 to 1998 the WBF currently lists at least three leaders (3 in 1974; 72 in 1998) without the size of the field. Some of those listings may enumerate the finalists.
- Results (linked schedule), 12th World Bridge Championships, 2006. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 1st World Open Pairs Championship, 1962. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 2nd World Open Pairs Championship, 1966. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 3rd World Open Pairs Championship, 1970. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 4th World Open Pairs Championship, 1974. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 5th World Open Pairs Championship, 1978. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 6th World Open Pairs Championship, 1982. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 7th World Open Pairs Championship, 1986. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 8th World Open Pairs Championship, 1990. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 9th World Open Pairs Championship, 1994. WBF.
- Results & Participants, 10th World Open Pairs Championship, 1998. WBF.
- 1998 World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 1998. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Open series), 11th World Championship, 2002. WBF.
- World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2002. WBF.
- Results & Participants, Open Pairs, 2006. WBF.
- 12th World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2006. WBF.
- Results & Participants, Open Pairs, 2010. WBF.
- 13th World Bridge Series contemporary coverage, 2010. WBF.
- World Open Pairs Championships to Date at the World Bridge Federation.