2001 Grand Prix Biarritz

Posted in Event Coverage on December 18, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

[view] The best two Magic players of Biarritz, Kai Budde and Nicolas Labarre

[view] Doing the Olivier Ruel

[view] Congratulations to Nicolas Labarre! Good on you!

[view] The winner of Grand Prix Biarritz

[view] The French OP manager and organizer of the event Christophe Astorri, standing straight despite a wrecked knee and lack of sleep

[view] The semifinals attracted a big crowd despite the late hour

[view] Nicolas Labarre vs. Lucio Moratinos in the semifinals

[view] Kai Budde vs. Joost Vollebregt in the semifinals

[view] Joost Vollebregt

[view] Alexis Dumay

[view] Can't do without pulling a face

[view] Olivier Ruel

[view] Nicolas Labarre

[view] Ferran Vila

[view] Lucio Moratinos

[view] Alexander Witt

[view] Kai Budde

[view] Grand Prix Biarritz Top 8 and Winnie the Pooh

[view] The very best eight

[view] Nicolas Labarre and Jelger Wiegersma fighting over a spot in the Top 8

[view] Carlos Barrado plays the Swedish Anton Jonsson in round fourteen

[view] Alex Shvartsman and Mattias Jorstedt decided to draw in the last round of the day; neither of them made Top 8

[view] The side events attracted a fine crowd

3staffhttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/891.jpgWizards own Damien Guillemard and judge Stphane Blanchon at the side events

[view] Olivier Ruel versus Ben Ronaldson in round thirteen

[view] Jens Thoren versus Mattias Jorstedt in round thirteen

[view] The judges team

[view] Wait, there are still some judges missing!

[view] The photographer Patrick Tohier at his best

[view] Nicolas Labarre versus Romuald Balluais in round twelve

3playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/898.jpgFrdric Courtois versus Jelger Wiegersma in round twelve

[view] Jelger Wiegersma: nobody can pronounce his name but everybody knows who he is by now

[view] The seventh pod

[view] Difficult choices at the fourth draft table

[view] Judge David Vogin watching over table two

3playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/903.jpgLa crme de la crme of Grand Prix Biarritz

[view] Nele's sideboard draft

[view] A fine audience for the fifth pod

[view] Monsieur le Head Judge calling the draft

[view] The third pod of the second draft

[view] Old McRui had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

[view] Ryan Fuller, focused on winning

[view] Ben "Blue Eyes" Ronaldson

[view] Olivier Ruel and part of his household, domestic problems?

[view] Jens Thoren, a duck and a frog

[view] Ryan Fuller and Alexander Witt, both undefeated at this point

[view] The little Folgados

[view] Even though this is Biarritz, not really T-shirt weather

[view] Christoph Lippert, Gary Wise and Kai Budde chatting the round away

[view] Craig Jones covering an all-Swedish feature match between Jorstedt and Kettil. Or Mattias versus Mattias

[view] Mattias Kettil: "And now for the play of the game"

[view] Noah Boeken, slaughtered in fifteen minutes

[view] Carlos Barrado brought some fans

3playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/920.jpgRenato Graa

[view] Michael Debard

[view] David Norgeot

[view] Eugene Okin, one clever fellow from Russia

[view] Alejandro Dominguez, not sure of who could start the first game of the day

[view] Rueda Franciso, one of the many Spanish players in Biarritz

[view] Droopy

[view] The Spanish Francisco Rueda faces fellow countryman Raul Mestre

[view] All 64 players who made day two are constructing their decks

[view] The first draft table, Ryan Fuller is picky

[view] This one tries to catch up with the big guys, watch out for Bastien

[view] Gauthier had a fine day picking up strategy from more experienced players

[view] A round eight feature match between two Frenchmen: one very experienced, the other one less.

[view] Patrick Mello and Stewart Shinkins exchange advice

[view] Judge Thierry Gourdon shows his true nature, playing a Gameboy. Once a boy, always a boy

[view] Gary Wise trying to make day two and failing at it

[view] Antoine Ruel in Sideboard reporter Rui Oliveira's shadow, playing for day two

[view] Eric LaFontaine was pretty nervous over his first feature match ever

[view] Head Judge Cyril Grillon listens to all your problems

[view] Jonathan Garcia finds playing more important than shaving

[view] Can't miss him, the Spanish Xavier Lozano

[view] Yann Hamon and a cute Black Lotus lady

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/947.jpgRaphal Lvy, evaluating his opponent's moves

[view] Quickly taking of his hat for the photographer, Stewart Shinkins shows he's a little bit vain

[view] A radiant Alex Shvartsman

[view] Not at a first row table but a fascinating match-up anyway: Gary Wise versus Frederico Bastos

[view] A match of titans

[view] Big bad Wilfried Ranque, one of the best French players of the moment

[view] The round five feature match between the Dutch Jelger Wiegersma and Ben Ronaldson is covered by Pete Norris

[view] Ben Ronaldson in round five, pensive

[view] The Ruel brothers, a picture for their mum

[view] Nicolas Labarre, a reference in French Magic play

[view] Serra Angel keeping an eye on a bunch of Magic players

[view] A colorful player

[view] The artist Anthony Waters taken by surprise

[view] Mattias Jorstedt and Alexis Dumay featured in round four

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/961.jpgThis guy took a dive last night, Frdric Courtois

[view] French Champion Pierre Malherbaud

[view] A very fly Pete "Too Nice For His Own Good" Norris in a desperate effort to look meaner

[view] Guaranteed fresh blood, definitely no older than seven or eight

[view] Carlos Barrado

[view] Mattias Jorstedt

[view] Jelger Wiegersma

[view] Fabrice Deslandes, one of the judges registering decks

[view] Joao Duarte from Portugal qualified twice for Pro Tour San Diego

[view] No mana, no sweets

[view] Olivier Ruel came fourth at Grand Prix Shizuoka, Japan and wants the world to know - or at least ask about it

[view] Waiting to get started

2staffhttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/978.jpgSideboard staff, Rui Oliveira and Stphane Solsona exchanging ideas or maybe just waking up?

[view] No excuse for not having taken a bath

[view] Good morning Biarritz!

[view] Trading is part of the game

[view] And there's 524 of them!

1sitehttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/GPBIA01/983.jpgA 'grande entre'

[view] The first players are expected in a couple of hours

[view] Dream dream dream

[view] The old port

[view] Not afraid of cold water

[view] The lighthouse

[view] Just making sure everyone understands how gorgeous this place is

[view] The same view, over the left shoulder

[view] Believe it or not, this is the view from the site

[view] Tophe scratching his head, and things haven't even started

[view] Esteban, the French Sideboard editor and PF helping out with the set-up of the event

[view] Stars and stripes

[view] Le nouveau machismo or scorekeeper Cajus Von Engelmann and three computers

[view] Men at work

[view] The second balcony is ours

[view] You'll understand soon enough why this place is called 'Bellevue''

[view] A first peek through the window, early morning

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