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World Mixed Teams Championship

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.) 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  (USA)
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 knockout tournament for Seniors national teams continues alongside the Games as a non-medal event.
2008 [9]

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 SHI  (China)
* Hermannsson did not play enough boards in order to qualify for the title of World Champion

See also

Bridge at the 1st World Mind Sports Games



External links

World Championships & Events tabular overview. World Bridge Federation.

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