2001 Grand Prix Valencia

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] Top 2

[view] Two strong players, the best at Grand Prix Valencia

[view] Olivier became second, Christophe Weyers, Core Event Manager, just told him

[view] Ricard Tuduri was very concentrated, even just before midnight

[view] Finals of Grand Prix Valencia: Olivier Ruel versus Ricard Tuduri

[view] Olivier Ruel, the final match

[view] Olivier Ruel

[view] Ramos Manuel

[view] Mike Pustilnik

[view] Olivier Ruel defeated Raul Mestre, 2-0

[view] Noah Boeken defeated Ramos Manuel, 2-1

[view] Ricard Tuduri defeated Raul Perez, 2-1

[view] Olivier Ruel and Noah Boeken in the semi-finals

[view] Olivier Ruel facing Noah

[view] Would Noah Boeken's little duck bring him luck, these semi-finals?

[view] This local boy is going to the finals. Congrats, Ricard Tuduri

[view] Ryan Fuller - look close, a last time this Grand Prix

[view] Ryan Fuller got defeated by the Spanish Ricard Tuduri in the semi-finals

[view] Ryan Fuller defeated Mike Pustilnik, 2-0

[view] Raul Perez

[view] Raul Mestre

[view] Noah Boeken

[view] Ryan Fuller

[view] Ricard Tuduri

[view] Judges at dinner

[view] Wizards staff, pizza galore

[view] Do you actually believe Mark said he didn't like pizza?

[view] It takes a Spaniard to see someone eating pizza decently, Raul Mestre

[view] Mike Pustilnik does it a little bit more discreetly

[view] Noah Boeken. All Top 8 players got pizza

[view] Olivier Ruel, smack in his face

[view] About to draft the decks that might earn them the trophy

[view] Writing down their innermost feelings

[view] Gee, they haven't even started playing yet...

[view] Top 8

[view] These are the eight best players at Grand Prix Valencia

[view] Raul Mestre from Spain, seventh going into the quarterfinals

[view] Raul Perez from Spain, eight going into the quarterfinals

[view] Ricard Tuduri from Spain, first going into the quarterfinals

[view] Olivier Ruel from France, second going into the quarterfinals

[view] Mike Pustilnik from the States, fifth going into the quarterfinals

[view] This is a popular table: Ryan Fuller versus the hooded Ricard Tuduri

[view] This looks like a popular table

[view] The flying Dutchmen in the last round before the quarterfinals

[view] Jelger Wiegersma and the cap

[view] A Portuguese fan club at the feature match table

[view] Manuel Ramos from Portugal

[view] Noah Boeken and Lucien Bui followed - very - closely by a judge

[view] Raphael Levy stands by fellow Frenchman Lucien Bui in round 12

[view] There is a Noah in the bible, a Noah in tennis and even in Magic he is being covered. See the feature match report

[view] Hector really likes Sinister Strength and beat the heck out of Darwin Kastle in round twelve

[view] The Spanish Hector Fuentes made top 8 at Pro tour Chicago 1999

[view] Darwin Kastle supporting his head, squeezing his head, whatever, but doing something to his head in round twelve

[view] Bram Snepvangers is not afraid of the Hooded Man

[view] Olivier Ruel versus Ryan Fuller

[view] Mike Pustilnik versus Tony Dobson

[view] Round 11 shows familiar faces at the feature match tables. Here Tony Dobson, Toni to his Spanish friends

[view] The photographer taking a break - suffering from an overflow of new impressions

[view] Raul Mestre passed Ricard Tuduri as first Spanish player after round ten, Raul is actually third by now!

[view] Tony Dobson's pick of cards is decisive for Konstantin Firsov - Russia's coolest cat

[view] Bram Snepvangers was feeding Olivier Ruel's hand at the draft

[view] Cyril Grillon is supposedly leading the second draft of the day here

[view] Cajus von Engelmann. Is there a prize for best scorekeeper of the year?

[view] Nele wants her face on the website too

[view] Spanish judges Luis Castillejo and Antonio Tevas convincing a friend to start playing Magic again

[view] Sneaking at his work over Cabral's shoulder

[view] The artist Ciruelo Cabral replaces Anthony Waters who was ill

[view] The beehive that is the side events registration desk

[view] Alejandro Dominguez "I don't think it will make the difference"

[view] Mike Pustilnik fresh off Pro Tour Los Angeles victory

[view] While Ryan Fuller is warming up in this round ten match, Vicky Korstanje is freezing in the background

[view] Olivier Ruel facing Ryan Fuller

[view] Wizards staff scattered around the Sideboard table

[view] Buddies. Christophe Weyers and Felix Huybrechts

[view] The French judge Oren Guez is definitely enjoying his time at Valencia. Strange, this picture was taken when he was leaving

[view] He is French, he's nice and he is called Lucien Bui

[view] Bram Snepvanger is playing a killer red/green deck with splashes of black and white

[view] Bram Snepvangers and Lucien Bui in a gentlemen's match in round nine

[view] An animated conversation between Sideboard's Mark Wraith, Mattias Jorstedt and Tony Dobson on what exactly went wrong...

[view] All the way from Russia, came Konstantin Firsov to win his round nine match against Tony Dobson

[view] Darwin Kastle. Now here is a guy who knows when to smile to the camera

[view] Roc Herms Pont from Spain

[view] UK Tony Dobson is doing very well in round eight

[view] Current Nordic Champion Mattias Jorstedt is doing Sideboard coverage today

[view] Noah Boeken gives opponent Ruel a questioning look

[view] I am not sure whether Raphael Levy and Olivier Ruel had enough sleep last night

[view] Olivier Ruel won the coin flip and chose his place at the table. Brought him good fortune in round eight

[view] From left to right, Alexis Martinez Burguera, Saul Aguado Garcia and Xavier Curto Vives. Spain's pride and joy

[view] Tuduri Ricard is the highest ranked Spanish player to go into day two. Sitting next to the Dutch Noah Boeken - still with cap

[view] Paco Llopis from Spain and the French Olivier Ruel follow each other in the rankings at the start of day two on respectively sixth and seventh place

[view] One of the Spanish favorites: Roc Herms Pont

[view] English Tony Dobson on the right in the company of Your Moves Games Mike Pustilnik. Team mate Darwin Kastle made day two as well. Chad Ellis did not

[view] Alejandro Dominguez, who was featured in a match against countryman Paco Llopis on the first day, at the draft table

[view] Tuduri Ricard is the highest ranked Spanish player to go into day two. Sitting next to the Dutch Noah Boeken - still with cap

[view] Paco Llopis from Spain and the French Olivier Ruel follow each other in the rankings at the start of day two on respectively sixth and seventh place

[view] One of the Spanish favourites: Roc Herms Pont

[view] English Tony Dobson on the right in the company of Your Moves Games Mike Pustilnik. Team mate Darwin Kastle made day two as well. Chad Ellis did not

[view] Alejandro Dominguez, who was featured in a match against countryman Paco Llopis on the first day, at the draft table

[view] The little duck of Noah Boeken is drowning its sorrow over his master's match loss

[view] Vicky's nice smile

[view] Vicky Korstanje

[view] Felix Huybrechts' hairdo did not survive the first day of Grand Prix Valencia

[view] Portuguese friends, Frederich Rademacher and Rui Oliveira turning this match into a full Iberian event

[view] Girls girls girls

[view] Is Noah hiding for The Sideboard? Or concentrating on Ryan's game?

[view] Don't underestimate deck checking: judges working their way through stacks of paper

[view] Roc's opponent in this Spanish feature match is Sergi Vericat Vidal

[view] Sideboard reporter Rui Oliveira next to Roc Herms Pont

[view] Ryan Fuller looks forward to a fun match in the last round of the day

[view] Noah Boeken is starting to be really hooked on his cap

[view] Anything fantastic

[view] The artist Ciruelo Cablar will be back tomorrow

[view] Oscar Boy from Wizards' distributor Devir and Juan Tavira, one of our Spanish judges

[view] The judges table proves to be the perfect shelter for a secretive Sideboard reader

[view] Chad Ellis from Your Move Games, one of four Americans at Grand Prix Valencia

[view] Just cute. Miguel and Virgina Folgado.

[view] Daddy said to pay attention. And that is what these kids did.

[view] Judge Friedrich Rademacher, scorekeeper Cajus von Engelmann and judge Diana Thirring high above the crowds...

[view] Jelger and Chad shuffling

[view] Jelger Wiegersma became tenth at last year's Pro Tour Chicago. We featured him a second time today.

[view] Paco's pirate overlooking Alejandro's dice. Charge!

[view] Paco Llopis asked little Miguel to cut his deck and

[view] Alejandro Dominguez had to mulligan twice after little Miguel's cutting

[view] Darwin Kastle took some heavy beatings in round five

[view] Big smile for tiny Lucien Bui from France

[view] Ryan Fuller versus Valentin Maestro

[view] The Spanish Valentin Maestro

[view] OK, he's got blond hair but that's about all that is Dutch about him. Ryan Fuller, a Canadian walking the little walls

[view] Rob Dougherty facing Jelger Wiegersma in round four

[view] Jelger Wiegersma from the Netherlands

[view] The making of the report of Rob Dougherty's play

[view] Raphael Levy and Bram Snepvangers in the first feature match of the day

[view] Bram Snepvangers was shining as the runner-up at Grand Prix Florence. Will he do the same in Valencia? Or better?

[view] This is not a very confident look. Raphael Levy, French star player

[view] All roads lead to the Grand Prix

[view] Palm Trees. Sorry folks, I needed proof for the home front

[view] The Feria Valencia, site of the Grand Prix

[view] Please note the blue sky, the weather is gorgeous in Valencia

[view] Red carpet at the site. Wasn't meant for Magic players though

[view] Spanish mama's in front of the entrance

[view] Spanish "policia" safeguarding the pairings

[view] Sideboard reporters Mark Wraith from the UK and Portuguese Rui Oliveira following a game

[view] Lots of creatures facing..., well, what exactly?

[view] Some of Europe's finest. Around the clock, starting left: Olivier Ruel, Ryan Fuller - living in Amsterdam now, Noah Boeken, Lucien Bui, Rafael Levy, Mattias Jorstedt, Jelger Wiegersma and Carlos Barrado

[view] Head Judge Cyril Grillon working on Magic's future

[view] This little boy is not impressed

[view] Card pick and judges keeping an eye on it

[view] The land cards to complete players decks in nicely coloured piles

[view] Your Moves Games' Rob Dougherty building his first deck

[view] Players in action for a first time today

[view] Tablecloths, and the world looked a happier place

[view] In the beginning...there was nothing but an empty space

[view] Taking their time to register. This is Spain too.

[view] Strong coffee in the morning. Hey, this is Spain!

[view] The crowds in Valencia are warming up.

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