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World Senior Pairs Championship

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. 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.

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

Year Entries Medalists
1990   1. Albert Dormer Alan Hiron
2. Kees Kaiser Jaap Kokkes
3. Franz Baratta Karl Rohan
1994 1. Hamish Bennett Fred Hamilton
2. Simon Kantor Murray Melton
3. Duncan Phillips Bill Solomon
1998 1. Irving Gordon Boris Schapiro
2. Lea Dupont Benito Garozzo
3. Burghard von Alvensleben  Walter Höger
2002 71 1. Christo Drumev Ivan Tanev
2. Bruce Gowdy Arno Hobart
  3. Sangarapil Mohan Claude Vogel
2006 103 1. Nico Klaver Roald Ramer
2. Aleksander Jezioro Julian Klukowski
3. Reiner Marsal Entscho Wladow
2010 66 1. Rich DeMartino Pat McDevitt
2. Kyoko Ohno Akihiko Yamada
3. Farid Assemi Edward Wojewoda
2014 33 1. Henky Lasut Eddy Manoppo
2. Hemant Lall Reese Milner
3. Apolinary Kowalski 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.

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