Congratulations to Norberto Bocchi of Italy who, having stalked leader Andy Robson all through the last session, finally overtook him on the very last board. Early leader Jens Auken stayed on well to take third place, while the top five was filled out by Antonio Sementa and Herve Mouiel.


Tobi Sokolow (USA) led the women series from very early on and deservedly held on to win. Soklow had just over a board to spare over the defending champion, Benedicte Cronier of France, while third was another former winner, Nicola Smith of England.

Following the great success of the 5th GENERALI Masters Individual Championship held in Athens, Greece, in 2000, the City of Verona, Italy, was picked up to host the bridge elite from 810 September 2004, competing in the 6th event of the series.

80 of the best players in the world took part, most of them being holders of at least one World, European, American or Asian title.

In the Open series, comprising 52 players, the Italian World Champions and the World's top ranking players Bob Hamman and Bobby Wolff of USA were invited to participate, among many more of the world's greatest.

In the Women series, a total of 28 players competed. Invitations were extended to the American World Champions, the leading female competitors in the WBF Master Points list, and other great players who had distinguished themselves in previous events.

In total, some 20 countries were represented by 52 men and 28 women players, who put forward a top performance during the three days of championship.

Sponsored by GENERALI, one of the greatest Insurance Companies in the world, the championship offered US$ 70,000 in prizes to the top performers.

For a complete list of the winners and other information regarding the previous World Masters Individual Championships, click here.

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