World Mixed Teams Championship

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The World Mixed Teams Championship is a bridge competition for teams of mixed pairs. At every table, two teams are always represented by a mixed pair, one man and one woman.

The Mixed Teams event was held in conjunction with the first and fourth World Pair Olympiads in 1962 and 1974.[1] (Other World Pair Olympiads included a Mixed Pairs event.)[citation needed] One Mixed Teams was conducted in a Team Olympiad year, 1972.[NB 1]

It was revived in 1996 as World Transnational Mixed Teams Championship. The revived event has been held every leap year as a secondary component of the World Team Olympiad and its successor meet, the World Mind Sports Games.[2]

With the Olympiad, the Mixed Teams has started after the latter's qualifying stage has been concluded. Teams that failed to qualify in the main event as well as new teams may enter. Each team must comprise at least two men and two women. The maximum number of team members is six. During play each pair must consist of one women and one men. It is not necessary that all team members be from the same country – hence the transnational. A series of Swiss matches leads to the qualification of the top four teams for knockout semifinals and finals.

The World Mixed Swiss Teams is another world championship series for mixed teams, now conducted in non-leap even years as part of the World Bridge Series. Both now permit transnational entries. The difference is between KO and Swiss format. The leap years event is a knockout for 16 teams that survive preliminary play while is a Swiss.[3] (All teams play several short matches every day throughout the contest, never facing the any team for a second time.)


Year, Site, Entries Medalists
1962 [4]

Cannes, France

World Pairs Olympiad

1.  United Kingdom Great Britain
Nico Gardener, Fritzi Gordon, Rixi Markus, Boris Schapiro
2. Netherlands Netherlands
Herman Filarski, Dicky Hoogenkamp, A. Kornalijnslijper, Jopie Westerveld
3. Belgium Belgium
Louis Bogaerts, Count Claude de Hemricourt, Helen Köver, Simone Moulia, Nicolas Savostin
After the first quadrennial "Pairs Olympiad" meet, the mixed event was appropriately changed from teams to pairs.
[NB 1]

Miami Beach, USA

1. United States Jacoby
Nancy Alpaugh, Bobby Goldman, Jim Jacoby, Heitie Noland, Betsey Wolff, Bobby Wolff
2. United States Roth
Gail Moss, Mike Moss, Barbara Rappaport, Alvin Roth  (USA)
3. Canada United States Schwenke
Sheila Forbes (CAN), Bob Hamman (USA), Shirley Neilson (CAN), Jack Schwenke (USA)
1974 [5]

Las Palmas, Spain

1. United States Morse
Peggy Lipsitz, Robert Lipsitz, Jo Morse, Steve Parker, Steve Robinson  (USA)
2. United States Stayman
Jimmy Cayne, Matt Granovetter, Jacqui Mitchell, Victor Mitchell, Tubby Stayman  (USA)
3. United States Cappelletti
Kathie Cappelletti, Mike Cappelletti, Bob Lewis, Lois Anne Veren  (USA)
For 1996 a world championship for mixed teams was revived as part of the Teams Olympiad program.
1996 [6]

Rhodes, Greece

86 teams

1. Iceland United Kingdom Heather
Jón Baldursson (ISL), Heather Dhondy (GBR), Björn Eysteinsson (ISL), Aðalsteinn Jörgensen (ISL), Liz McGowan (GBR), (Ragnar Hermannsson (ISL))*
2. United States Feldman
Mark Feldman, Sharon Osberg, Bill Pollack, Rozanne Pollack  (USA)
3. France Nahmens
Pierre Adad, Christine Nahmens, Alain Nahmias, Elisabeth Schaufelberger  (France)
2000 [7]

Maastricht, Netherlands  

68 teams

1. Poland United States Israel e-bridge
Piotr Gawryś (POL), Sam Lev (USA), Irina Levitina (USA), Jill Meyers (USA), John Mohan (USA), Migry Zur Campanile (ISR)
2. France Bessis
Michel Bessis, Véronique Bessis, Paul Chemla, Catherine D'Ovidio
3. Austria Wernle
Doris Fischer, Andreas Gloyer, Martin Schifko, Jovanka Smederevac, Sascha Wernle
2004 [8]

Istanbul, Turkey

130 teams

1. Germany France United States Auken
Sabine Auken (GER), Paul Chemla (FRA), Catherine D'Ovidio (FRA), Zia Mahmood (USA)
2. Bulgaria Batov
Vasil Batov, Steliana Ivanova, Ralitza Mircheva, Julian Stefanov
3. China Zhang
Fu Zhong, Lu Yan, Sun Ming, Wang Liping, Wang Weimin, Zhou Qinghong
After 2004 the Olympiad meet was discontinued by the World Bridge Federation in favor of participation in the World Mind Sports Games. This tournament for mixed teams without restriction to nationality continues alongside the Games as a non-medal event.[9]
2008 [10]

Beijing, China
World Mind Sports Games  
non-medal event

120 teams

1. Chinese Taipei Yeh Bros
Fang-Wen Gong, Sheau-Fong Hu, Gloria Meng, Chih-Kuo Shen, Juei-Yu Shih, Chen Yeh  (Chinese Taipei)
2. Russia Belarus Russia
Sviatlana Badrankova (Bel), Alexander Dubinin (Rus), Andrey Gromov (Rus), Victoria Gromova (Rus), Tatiana Ponomareva (Rus), Victoria Volina (Rus)
3. China A – Evertrust Holding Company
Bing Du, Lin Gan, Xu Hou, Yan Huang, Rongqiang Lin(?), Zheng Jun Sshi  (China)
2012 [11]

Lille, France
World Mind Sports Games  
non-medal event

87 teams

1. Milner
Petra HAMMAN (USA), Hemant LALL (USA), Gabriella OLIVIERI (Italy), Jacek PSZCZOLA (USA), Meike WORTEL (Netherlands), Reese MILNER (USA)
2. Canada Canada
Judith GARTAGANIS, Nicholas GARTAGANIS, Darren WOLPERT, Hazel WOLPERT, Linda WYNSTON, Daniel KORBEL  (all players from Canada)
3. China SAIC Red
Jianming DAI, Mao Yuan HU, Yi Qian LIU, Liping WANG, Wen Fei WANG, Zejun ZHUANG  (all players from China)
* Hermannsson did not play enough boards in order to qualify for the title of World Champion[citation needed]

At the second World Mind Sports Games, August 2012, the Mixed Teams began with a 3-day Swiss tournament from which eight teams qualified for three one-day knockout matches (48 deals each). The qualifying matches were played during the quarterfinal and semifinal matches between national teams in the main events (Bridge at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games). Following those quarterfinals, and 10 qualifying matches played by 83 mixed teams, four new teams joined the latter event with a score that placed them in a tie for 12th place.[1]

Defending champion YEH Bros returned in name, reached the medal round, and finished fourth. Captain Chen Yeh and Juei-Yu Shih, both from Chinese Taipei, were joined by two players from China and two from Japan.

The silver medalists from Canada included a mother and son.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [citation needed] WBF listings do not include the 1972 event. Confirmed 2011-08-13.


  1. ^ World Mixed Teams Championship to Date (1962 and 1974). WBF.
  2. ^ World Mixed Teams Championship to Date (1996–2008). WBF.
  3. ^ World Championships & Events tabular overview. WBF.
  4. ^ Results & Participants (Mixed), 1st World Pair Olympiad, 1962. WBF.
  5. ^ Results & Participants (Mixed), 4th World Pair Olympiad, 1974. WBF.
  6. ^ Results & Participants, 1st World Mixed Team Championship, 1996. WBF.
  7. ^ Results & Participants (Mixed), 11th World Team Olympiad, 2000. WBF.
  8. ^ Results & Participants, 3rd World Transnational Mixed Team Championship, 2004. WBF.
  9. ^ "World Mixed Team Championships". WBF. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  10. ^ Results & Participants (Mixed). 1st World Mind Sports Games [contemporary title]. 13th World Bridge Games. WBF. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  11. ^ Results & Participants (Mixed). 14th World Bridge Games. WBF. Retrieved 2014-09-05.

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