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World Mixed Pairs Championship

The World Mixed Pairs Championship is a bridge championship for mixed-gender pairs held every four years as part of the World Bridge Championships.


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

In 2006 the Mixed Pairs played Saturday to Monday, the first three days of the meet, with no other events underway. There were three qualifier and three final sessions with a consolation event ("Plate") during the last two sessions. Contemporary coverage lists 481 pairs in the qualifying stage; 182 in the final stage; 238 and 232 pairs in the two-session Plate on the third day, or almost 80% of the non-qualifiers.

The 2010 champions Donna Compton and Fulvio Fantoni, from the U.S. and Italy, were the first transnational winners, but they were succeeded by 2014 champions Kerri Sanborn and Jack Zhao from the U.S. and China. United States pairs had won seven of the preceding 11 tournaments. Sanborn also won the gold medal as Kerri Shuman in 1978, playing with Barry Crane, and she is the only double winner. Sanborn/Shuman and Sabine Auken/Zenkel of Germany have won three medals.

Five champions have also won the Open or Women Pairs: Mary Jane Farell, Kerri Sanborn, Karen McCallum, Jeff Meckstroth, and Fulvio Fantoni. At one meet the best performances are Joan Durran winning gold and silver in 1966, Marcin Leśniewski gold and bronze in 1994.

Year, Site Entries female male

Amsterdam, Netherlands 


1.   Mary Jane Farell Ivan Erdos
2. Joan Durran Maurice Weissberger
3. Nuccia Zeppegno Vito Pittalà

Stockholm, Sweden


1. Barbara Brier Waldemar von Zedtwitz
2. Rixi Markus Georges Catzeflis
3. Rima Sinder Michael Hochzeit

Las Palmas, Spain


1. Loula Gordon Tony Trad
2. Jacqui Mitchell Jimmy Cayne
3. Nadine Cohen Edmond Vial

New Orleans, USA

316 1. Kerri Shuman Barry Crane
2. Heitie Noland Jim Jacoby
3. Carol Sanders Lou Bluhm
After 1980 it was determined that the world championships in even years would continue to be played in Europe and North America. 

Biarritz, France

450 1. Dianna Gordon George Mittelman
2. Peggy Sutherlin John Sutherlin
3. Isabelle Viennois Jean-Louis Viennois

Miami Beach, USA

420 1. Pam Wittes Jon Wittes
2. Kerri Shuman Bob Hamman
3. Rozanne Pollack Bill Pollack

Geneva, Switzerland

572 1. Juanita Chambers Peter Weichsel
2. Eva-Liss Göthe Lars Andersson
3. Kathie Walvick Walt Walvick

Albuquerque, USA

480 1. Danuta Hocheker Apolinary Kowalski
2. Sabine Zenkel Bob Hamman
3. Ewa Harasimowicz Marcin Leśniewski

Lille, France

598 1. Enza Rossano Antonio Vivaldi
2. Claude Blouquit Marc Bompis
3. Sabine Auken Jens Auken

Montreal, Canada

434 1. Becky Rogers Jeff Meckstroth
2. Elisabeth Hugon Jean-Jacques Palau
3. Sabine Auken Jens Auken

Verona, Italy

487 1. Karen McCallum Matt Granovetter
2. Jill Levin Bobby Levin
3. JoAnna Stansby Lew Stansby

Philadelphia, USA

434 1. Donna Compton Fulvio Fantoni
2. Kismet Fung Brian Glubok
3. Joan Lewis Robert Hopkins

Sanya, China

130 1. Kerri Sanborn Jack Zhao (Zhao Jie)
2. Meike Wortel Jacek Pszczola
3. Wang Nan Zhang Bangxiang

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