World Senior Pairs Championship

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The World Senior Pairs Championship is one of the competitions held as part of the quadrennial World Bridge Championships (formerly World Pairs Olympiad), inaugurated at the 8th rendition of the meet in 1990.

Prior to 2005 both members of each pair had to be at least 55 years of age. The World Bridge Federation (WBF) has decided that, as from 2005, the minimum age for a player to be recognized as Senior will be increasing one year per year, until it reaches 60 years in 2010.[1] The decision ensures that 55-year-olds who participated in a senior event in 2003 will never become ex-Seniors.


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

In 2006 the Senior Pairs played Tuesday to Friday, the 11th to 14th days of the meet, after completion of all teams competition for seniors. There were eight sessions with 103 pairs on the first two days, 98 on the third, and 88 on the fourth.[2]

In seven renditions of the Senior Pairs through 2014, no player has won more than one medal.[3]

Year Entries Medalists
1990[4] [a] 1. United Kingdom Albert Dormer United Kingdom Alan Hiron
2. Netherlands Kees Kaiser Netherlands Jaap Kokkes
3. Austria Franz Baratta Austria Karl Rohan
1994[5] 1. United States Hamish Bennett United States Fred Hamilton
2. United States Simon Kantor United States Murray Melton
3. Canada Duncan Phillips Canada Bill Solomon
1998[6] 1. United Kingdom Irving Gordon United Kingdom Boris Schapiro
2. United States Lea Dupont United States Benito Garozzo
3. Germany Burghard von Alvensleben  Germany Walter Höger
2002[7] 71 1. Bulgaria Christo Drumev Bulgaria Ivan Tanev
2. Canada Bruce Gowdy Canada Arno Hobart
[b] 3. United States Sangarapil Mohan United States Claude Vogel
2006[8] 103 1. Netherlands Nico Klaver Netherlands Roald Ramer
2. Poland Aleksander Jezioro Poland Julian Klukowski
3. Germany Reiner Marsal Germany Entscho Wladow
2010[9] 66 1. United States Rich DeMartino Republic of Ireland Pat McDevitt
2. Japan Kyoko Ohno Japan Akihiko Yamada
3. United States Farid Assemi United States Edward Wojewoda
2014 [3] 33[c] 1. Indonesia Henky Lasut Indonesia Eddy Manoppo
2. United States Hemant Lall United States Reese Milner
3. Poland Apolinary Kowalski Poland Jacek Romanski

The 2014 silver and bronze medalists Lall–Milner and Kowalski–Romanski were two of three pairs that won the World Senior Teams Championship in the same meet, along with Michel Bessis–Philippe Cronier.[3]

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  1. ^ For 1990 to 1998, the WBF currently lists some number of leaders (28 in 1990), perhaps the number of finalists. Beginning 2002 the listings seem to enumerate the field.
  2. ^ [citation needed] This does not match the WBF listing as of August 2011, but WBF evidently confuses Laurie Vogel of Germany (Vogel–Mohanram) with Laurie Vogel of USA (Vogel–Greenberg?) and Claude Vogel of USA (Vogel–Mohan), crediting the former with simultaneous entry in multiple events. Laurie Vogel, GER and others.
  3. ^ There were 33 initial entries in 2014, excluding drop-ins from the teams.[3]


  1. ^ "Senior Bridge". WBF official website.
  2. ^ Results (linked schedule), 12th World Bridge Championships, 2006. WBF.
  3. ^ a b c d "The results from the Red Bull World Bridge Series". WBF. October 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  4. ^ Results & Participants, 1st Transnational Senior Pairs, 1990. WBF.
  5. ^ Results & Participants, 2nd Transnational Senior Pairs, 1994. WBF.
  6. ^ Results & Participants, 3rd Transnational Senior Pairs, 1998. WBF.
  7. ^ Results & Participants, 4th Transnational Senior Pairs, 2002. WBF.
  8. ^ Results & Participants, Senior Pairs, 2006. WBF.
  9. ^ Results & Participants, World Senior Pairs, 2010. World Bridge Federation. Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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