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Fantunes – Official Statement of Monaco Bridge Federation

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According to a statement of Jean-Charles Allavena, the president of the Monegasque Bridge Federation, sponsor Pierre Zimmermann has signed an agreement with the FMB which takes care not only of the foundation of the team but of other bridge activities as well.  The ad hoc Committees of the European and World Federations will have to confirm their approval for the representation of Monaco by the Zimmermann team.  We publish here the  full text of FMB Communique.   

 COMMUNIQUE (January 3rd 2011)  

Since its foundation in 1967, the Monegasque Bridge Federation (FMB) has helped to establish Monaco’s presence on the international scene, whether by participating in various international competitions or by organizing such events (European Championships, Olympiads, Bermuda Bowl) within the Principality, not forgetting the very popular International Teams Tournament each autumn.  

Thanks to the impetus of its President Jean-Charles Allavena (Member of the Executive Committee of the European Bridge League) and members of the committee, the FMB has once again adopted a strategy of innovation to further its development. It is with great pleasure and pride that the FMB announces the signing of a long-term partnership with Mr. Pierre Zimmermann(1).  

Within this agreement, a top-level team, Fulvio Fantoni and Claude Nunes (numbers 1 and 2 in the world-ranking at the moment), Geir Helgemo and Tor Helness, Pierre Zimmermann and Franck Multon, will represent the FMB at the next European and World Championships (2).  

But, above all, many local players will be involved in this project – whether by joint participation in various international competitions (European Open, American Nationals, European Teams Events), or through weekend training sessions in Monaco, or by the presence of these « Bridge- Stars » at some local tournaments.  

Furthermore, the FMB is currently considering, with Pierre Zimmermann, the possibility of organizing several international bridge events in Monaco.  

This partnership, which obviously respects the rules of the European and World Bridge Federations as well as the laws and customs of Monaco is a very good example of the way bridge is developing. Its importance lies in the association of top-class players with the desire to promote the activities of the FMB and the creation of bridge events in the Principality.  

In this way, the FMB hopes to enhance the international sporting renown of Monaco through the brilliant results of its leading team and by the establishment of new bridge activities, thus contributing to the economic activity of the Principality.  


1. Pierre Zimmermann, 55, is a property developer in Switzerland. For the last ten years his passion for bridge has led him to create and sponsor several top-level teams with whom he has enjoyed much success in national and international competitions (World Champions in the Transnational Open 2007 at Shanghai and in 2009 at Sao Paulo, Cavendish 2010, Vanderbilt 2010 ….) This new partnership with the FMB illustrates our common ambition to win yet more prestigious titles (European Open Championship, Bermuda Bowl, World Mind Sports Games).

2. The ad hoc Committees of the European and World Federations will have to confirm their approval for the representation of Monaco by the Zimmermann team

 For further information, please contact : Jean-Charles Allavena, President FMB. Email : [email protected] Tel: +33 6 80 86 91 03 


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