The fourth MONOPOLY World Championship took place October 24 & 25, 1977 at Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco. This was the first World Championship held outside the United States. Cheng Seng Kwa of Singapore was the champion, beating a field of 20 players from 19 countries. According to Sports Illustrated, there were 5000 worldwide participants trying to win the world championship. The prize was $5,000 and a silver tray that would be engraved with the champion's name.
There were four preliminary round-robin matches; points were awarded in the preliminary games on a 5-4-3-2 ranking from first to last. The five players with the highest point total made it to the final match.
The final match took 2 hours to play and included a 33-minute trade to break up a stalemate from no player having a full monopoly. The trade resulted in Singapore getting the Yellow, Britain getting the greens, West Germany the oranges, and Ireland the dark blues. Italy didn't get a monopoly out of the trade and was first to go bankrupt.
Participating Players[edit | edit source]
- Cheng Seng Kwa, Singapore, World Champion, 31 years old
- John Mair, Ireland, Defending Champion (1975) - 2nd Place - Finalist, 28 years old merchant banker from Dublin
- Klaus Armbrüster, West Germany - 3rd Place - Finalist, 19 years old sailor from Worms
- Fred Brown, England - 4th Place - Finalist, 34 years old ship designer from Southampton
- Antonio de Lucca, Italy - 5th Place - Finalist, 29 years old accountant from Milan
- Dana Terman, USA - 6th Place, 22 years old fast food store manager from Wheaton, MD
- Mikael Hellström, Sweden - 7th Place, 18 years old student from Stockholm
- Greg Henkel, Canada
Know the names of the missing players from the countries listed or the other players that competed? Please add them to the list with a reference.
- Orbanes, Philip. Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game--And How It Got That Way