Kathie Wei-Sender (formerly Mrs. Charles C. Wei) of Nashville TN, formerly of New York City, born in China, writer and lecturer on the Precision Club system, formerly a nurse, medical facility administrator for 15 years before retiring in 1972. Was appointed adviser to the Shanghai Bridge League while attending the first international bridge tournament ever held in China (March 1981). Makes frequent trips there to advise and assist in various bridge activities and endeavors, now official adviser to Chinese Bridge League. Ambassador of Bridge for WBF and ACBL. Served as mistress of ceremonies at all matches between Corporate America and U.S. Congress.
International Bridge Press Association Personality of the Year 1986, member ACBL Hall of Fame, ACBL Honorary Member 1997. Charter member WBF Friends of Bridge 1987. In 1981 the International Bridge Press Association awarded the Goren Personality of the Year award to Deng Xiaoping, premier of the People’s Republic of China. Wei-Sender delivered the award to Mr. Deng in Beijing, and during that visit she played bridge with Mr. Deng as his partner.
WBF Grand Master ranked #12 in world among women, one of a very small number of women to have won three different major world Women’s titles — World Women’s Pairs 1978, World Olympiad Women’s Teams 1984, Venice Cup 1987. Placed 2nd Venice Cup 1981, 85, Women’s Pairs 1990. Won USWBC 1983, 87; ACBL Honorary Member 1987, member ACBL Hall of Fame. Made first major mark in bridge as co-captain and manager of Taiwan team in 1971 Bermuda Bowl. Taiwan surprised the world by finishing 2nd to the then all-powerful Blue Team from Italy. Wei-Sender also captained Taiwan in the 1972 World Team Olympiad.
Served as Board member of Greater New York BA, trustee and president of ACBL Charity Foundation. Contributor to various national and international bridge publications, with a regular weekly column with Alan Truscott in China’s People’s Daily; co-author of her autobiography Second Daughter and co-author of Action for the Defense and One Club Complete. Also has hosted television series in China entitled Yang Xiao-Yen Presents. Yang Xiao-Yen is her Chinese name.
ACBL Grand Life Master with 14,652 MPs as of 3/2001. Won Women’s Teams 1971, 80; North American Women’s Swiss 1983 95, 96; Women’s KO Teams 1983, 87, 94, 2000; Women’s BAM Teams 1992, 95; placed 2nd Women’s Teams 1973, 82; Vanderbilt 1974, 77, 79; Life Master Women’s Pairs 1984; North American Women’s Swiss 1985, 2000; Women’s BAM Teams 1986, 91; Women’s KO Teams 1992, 97,98.