MONOPOLY Championship History Wiki

The fifth MONOPOLY World Championship took place on March 30, 1980 at the Southampton Princess in Bermuda. Cesare Bernabei of Italy was the champion, besting a field of 18 players. Cesare's prize was a trip for two to anywhere in the world worth $5,000 USD and a gold medal. He also had his name inscribed on the silver plate.[1]

More than 10,000 players from 17 countries worldwide attempted to compete in one of the regional and national competitions to qualify for the world championship.[2]

18 players competed, including the defending world champion Cheng Seng Kwa of Singapore. There were four preliminary round-robin games, and a five player final match.

After the match, Cesare Bernabei said that he believed the game to be "99.99% luck."[3]

Participating Players[]

  • Cesare Bernabei, Italy - World Champion, 29 years old with a Ph.D. in electronics. Also plays tournament chess.
  • Cheng Seng Kwa, Singapore - Defending Champion (1977), Finished in 17th place, 34 years old
  • Greg Jacobs, Australia - 5th Place - Finalist, 29 years old real estate agent
  • ?, Austria
  • ?, Belgium
  • ?, Bermuda
  • David Brooks, Canada
  • ?, England
  • Bernard Lutz - France - 4th Place - Finalist, 26 years old civil servant
  • David Bok, Malaysia/Singapore[4] - 18th Place, 32 years old
  • ?, The Netherlands
  • ?, New Zealand
  • ?, Norway
  • ?, Spain
  • ?, Sweden
  • Urs Krebs, Switzerland - 3rd Place - Finalist, 24 years old data processing operator
  • Dana TermanUSA - 2nd Place - Finalist, 24 years old car salesman from Wheaton, MD
  • Jörg Eisenbeiss, West Germany - 7th Place

Know the names of the missing players? Please add them to the list with a reference.