World Women Pairs Championship

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The World Women Pairs Championship is a bridge championship held every four years as part of the World Bridge Championships. It is restricted to women pairs only.

Results[edit]

World meets commonly run for 15 days on a schedule whose details vary.

In 2006 the Women Pairs played Saturday to Friday, the 8th to 14th days of the meet, with five qualifying sessions, five semifinal sessions, and four final sessions. At the start of qualifying, sixteen teams remained in the knockout stage of the marquee teams competition for women, for the McConnell Cup. During qualifying sessions for the pairs, the McConnell teams were reduced from sixteen to four, and players from the twelve "knocked out" teams were eligible to enter pairs competition at the semifinal stage. There were 109 pairs in the qualifier, 63 in the semifinal, and 36 in the final.[1]

United States have won nine of 13 tournaments, Great Britain two, Netherlands one. Fritzi Gordon and Rixi Markus of Great Britain (native Austrians) are the only two-time champion pair; Americans Karen McCallum and Kerri Shuman/Sanborn also have two wins each.

Year, Site Entries Medalists
1962 [2]


Cannes, France

1.  United Kingdom Fritzi Gordon United Kingdom Rixi Markus
2. France Fanny Parienté France Marianne Serf
[NB 1] 3. United States Dorothy Hayden United States Helen Portugal
1966 [3]


Amsterdam, Netherlands 

1. United Kingdom Joan Durran United Kingdom Jane Juan
2. United States Nancy Gruver United States Sue Sachs
[NB 1] 3. United States Mary Jane Farell United States Peggy Solomon
1970 [4]


Stockholm, Sweden

1. United States Mary Jane Farell United States Marilyn Johnson
2. United Kingdom Fritzi Gordon United Kingdom Rixi Markus
[NB 1] 3. Sweden Britt Blom Sweden Gunborg Silborn
1974 [5]


Las Palmas, Spain

[NB 2] 1. United Kingdom Fritzi Gordon United Kingdom Rixi Markus
2. South Africa Gerda Goslar South Africa Rita Jacobson
3. United States Emma Jean Hawes United States Dorothy Hayden Truscott  
1978 [6]


New Orleans, USA

1. United States Judi Radin United States Kathie Wei
2. United States Betty Ann Kennedy United States Carol Sanders
3. France Claude Blouquit France Élisabeth Delor
After 1980 it was determined that the world championships in even years would continue to be played in Europe and North America. 
1982 [7]


Biarritz, France

1. United States Betty Ann Kennedy United States Carol Sanders
2. United States Lynn Deas United States Beth Palmer
3. United Kingdom Sally Horton United Kingdom Sandra Landy
1986 [8]


Miami Beach, USA

1. United States Amalya Kearse United States Jacqui Mitchell
2. Denmark Bettina Kalkerup Denmark Charlotte Palmund
3. United Kingdom Sally Horton United Kingdom Sandra Landy
1990 [9]


Geneva, Switzerland

1. United States Karen McCallum United States Kerri Shuman
2. United States Judi Radin United States Kathie Wei
3. Netherlands Carla Arnolds Netherlands Bep Vriend
1994 [10]


Albuquerque, USA

1. Netherlands Carla Arnolds Netherlands Bep Vriend
2. France Véronique Bessis France Catherine Saul
3. United States Lynn Deas United States Beth Palmer
1998 [11][12]


Lille, France

1. United States Jill Meyers United States Shawn Quinn
2. Germany Daniela von Arnim Germany Sabine Auken
3. France Véronique Bessis France Catherine D'Ovidio
2002 [13][14]


Montreal, Canada

97 1. United States Karen McCallum United States Debbie Rosenberg
2. France Blandine de Hérédia   France Anne-Frédérique Lévy
3. United States Irina Levitina United States Kerri Sanborn
2006 [15][16]


Verona, Italy

109 1. United States Irina Levitina United States Kerri Sanborn
2. China WANG Hongli China WANG Wei Fei
3. Germany Sabine Auken United States Janice Seamon-Molson
2010 [17][18]


Philadelphia, USA

81 1. United States Lynn Deas United States Beth Palmer
2. Canada Susan Culham Canada Kismet Fung
3. Netherlands Carla Arnolds Netherlands Bep Vriend

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [citation needed] The WBF currently lists only the winners and runners up, neither third place nor the size of the field.
  2. ^ For 1974 to 1998 the WBF currently lists at least three leaders (3 in 1974; 36 in 1998) without the size of the field. Some of those listings may enumerate the finalists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Results (linked schedule), 12th World Bridge Championships, 2006. WBF.
  2. ^ Results & Participants, 1st World Women's Pairs Championship, 1962. WBF.
  3. ^ Results & Participants, 2nd World Women's Pairs Championship, 1966. WBF.
  4. ^ Results & Participants, 3rd World Women's Pairs Championship, 1970. WBF.
  5. ^ Results & Participants, 4th World Open Pairs Championship, 1974. WBF.
  6. ^ Results & Participants, 5th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1978. WBF.
  7. ^ Results & Participants, 6th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1982. WBF.
  8. ^ Results & Participants, 7th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1986. WBF.
  9. ^ Results & Participants, 8th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1990. WBF.
  10. ^ Results & Participants, 9th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1994. WBF.
  11. ^ Results & Participants, 10th World Women's Pairs Championship, 1998. WBF.
  12. ^ 1998 World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 1998. WBF.
  13. ^ Results & Participants, 11th World Championships, 2002. WBF.
  14. ^ World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2002. WBF.
  15. ^ Results & Participants, Women Pairs, 2006. WBF.
  16. ^ 12th World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2006. WBF.
  17. ^ Results & Participants, Women Pairs, 2010. WBF.
  18. ^ 13th World Bridge Series contemporary coverage, 2010. WBF.

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