The race for the 2019 WFA Grand Slam World Champion is hotting up…

With the next WFA Grand Slam in the year long tournament soon to be upon us, we thought it a good time to have a look at the current standings in the Championship for this year, as well as to look at who is competing in the next event and what to expect. Although one thing is for certain with any of the WFA Grand Slams, you can never call it. The only thing you can expect – is to expect the unexpected!

Of course, Barstylez The Big Match World Bartender Championship, is the next stop in the Grand Slam World tour, Singapore to be exact. We have already had the amazing Flairmania in Latvia but only one person can take home the WFA Grand Slam World Champion trophy, the rarest WFA Grade (Gold) and of course the title of Flair Bartending World Champion – but who will it be this year, will we have another new champion, or will one of the previous Champions take it for a second time… Here is how the leaderboard is looking after one event:

User NamePoints
1Deniss Trifanovs180
2Alexander Shtifanov170
3Marek Posluszny155
4Slava Belyakov145
5Slava Belyakov145
6Miika Mehtio120
7Zhang Yide65
8Sergei Bulakhtin60
9Nico Valimaki60
10Giorgio Chiarello60
11Eugene Sokolov55
12Rodrigo Delpech50
13Ryo Miyake50
14Alibek Jaibergenov45
15Hiroshi Ichikawa45
16Tony40
17Bryan Bonifacio40
18Dario Carlantonio35
19Dario Dicarlantonio35
20Marian Chmel30

Our current Grand Slam World Champion from 2018, Latvian Deniss Trifanovs (@denisstrifanovs), and champion of Flairmania 2019 is the current leader going in to The Big Match in Singapore. He is closely followed by our Grand Slam World Champion of 2017 the Polsih Marek Posluszny (@marasboston), and in third is the steadily improving Slava Belyakov (@slavabelyakov) from Russia who achieved his highest standing in a WFA Grand Slam competition at Flairmania earlier in the year.

We of course still have many Grand Slam competitions to come in 2019, with the summer and the end of the year often packed providing a fast and furious finish to the tournament. It is most certainly all still to play for. With 2016 Grand Slam World Champion Luca Valentin (@lucavalentin) yet to enter the fray, and 2015 Grand Slam World Champion Alexander Shtifanov (@alexandershtifanov), lurking just behind in 4th place – anything could happen.

Previous Grand Slam Winners

2018 – Deniss Trifanovs (@denisstrifanovs)

2017 – Marek Posluszny (@marasboston)

2016 – Luca Valentin (@lucavalentin)

2015 – Alexander Shtifanov (@alexandershtifanov)

2012-2014 – Tomek Malek (@tomaszmalek)

2011 – Marek Posluszy (@marasboston)

2010 – Tom Dyer (@thomasdyer-3)

2009 – Tomek Malek (@tomaszmalek)

2008 – Marco Canova (@marcocanova)

 

The next WFA Grand Slam

Dennis Trifanovs (WFA Gold Grade), Marek Posluszny (WFA Gold Grade), Slava Belyakov, Alexander Shtifanov (WFA Gold Grade) and Luca Valentin (WFA Gold Grade) are all registered for The Big Match alongside some potential other high scorers, and the best flair bartenders in Asia – so expect an amazing and hardly fought competition with a very high standard of flair!

Make sure to tune into the WFA Facebook page or Instagram to keep track of the live stream details.