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Patricia Breen Defends Women's World Title!

Patricia Breen of Carlow, Ireland, defended her title of Women's World Champion on Thursday, October 30, 2003, with a 5-1-10 victory over challenger Jan Mortimer of New Zealand, despite a valiant effort by Mrs. Mortimer during the final four games of the match. Congratulations, Patricia Breen!

Mrs. Mortimer earned the right to challenge Ms. Breen, who last defended her title in 1995 against younger sister Karina Breen, by placing highest among women at the 2002 U.S. National Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The match took place at the International Festival of Draughts in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, from October 27 - 30, 2003, in a best-of-twenty game event. The match was hosted by the Northern Federation of Draughts in association with the Northern Ireland Events Company and the Cookstown District Council.

See the complete account of the match.