Fulvio Fantoni

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Fulvio Fantoni (born November 9, 1963 in Grosseto) is an Italian international bridge player. He is a six-time world champion, a World Grand Master of the World Bridge Federation (WBF), and the WBF first-ranked player as of December 2011.[1] He is one of 10 players who have won the Triple Crown of Bridge.

Fantoni's regular partner is Claudio Nunes, the second-ranked World Grand Master (April 2011). They play "Fantunes", for their surnames, an innovative bidding system characterised by natural but forcing one-level opening bids in all four suits.

November 2010, Fantoni says that he has lived "practically since I was born" in Ostia, in the coastal district of Rome. Nunes now lives there too and they see each other socially.[2]

Emigration to Monaco[edit]

From 2011 Fantoni and Nunes are full-time members of a team led and paid by the Swiss real estate tycoon Pierre Zimmermann, under contract expiring 2016. The team finished third in the 2010 world championship, not yet full-time, and it will compete in the European open championship this spring. From 2012 all six members will be citizens of Monaco and the team will be a prohibitive favorite to represent Monaco internationally.[3]

Major bridge tournament wins[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Open Classification, World Bridge Federation. Confirmed 2010-11-07.
  2. ^ Fulvio Fantoni: Claudio Nunes is much stronger than I am!, Interview by Laura Camponeschi, neapolitan club online bridge magazine, 8 Nov 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  3. ^ "Helgeness and Fantunes Immigrate to Monaco", BridgeTopics.com 2010-12-14. Originally published in Norwegian: Alf Helge Jensen, "Helgeness skal spille for Monaco", Bridge i Norge (ed. Boye Brogeland), 2010-12-13. Confirmed 2011-08-23.

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