Grand Prix Naples Photo Coverage

Posted in Event Coverage on April 6, 2002

By Sideboard Staff

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The artist Arnie Swekel was kind enough to donate the original artwork of Goblin Raider to the winner of Grand Prix-Naples, Pierre Malherbaud. Now all he has to do is take it home safelySundayPlayers
Congratulations to the finalists, Pierre Malherbaud and SundayPlayers
Pierre Malherbaud holds on to his winner's trophySundayPlayers
Italian OP Manager Ilja Rotelli congratulates runner-up SundayPlayers
These players lost themselves in the game and made noise for a hundred, very very late on Sunday nightSundayPlayers
The public got slightly distracted from the final match by background noiseSundayPlayers
versus Pierre Malherbaud in the finalsSundayPlayers
The semifinals: Kai got beaten by Pierre Malherbaud and was sent packing by SundayPlayers
Stupefying Touch - SundayPlayers
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Pierre Malherbaud and Head Judge Davide Bitetto in the not-so-backgroundSundayPlayers
versus Pierre Malherbaud in the quarterfinals versus Pierre Malherbaud in the quarterfinalsSundayPlayers
(with the usual eye for detail: see how the shirt matches the security bracelet!)SundayPlayers
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versus in the quarterfinals versus in the quarterfinalsSundayPlayers
Olivier RuelSundayPlayers
Iwan TanSundayPlayers
Iwan Tan versus Olivier Ruel in the quarterfinals versus in the quarterfinalsSundayPlayers
From left to right: Olivier Ruel, , and at the draftFrom left to right: , , and at the draftSundayPlayers
From left to right: Iwan Tan,Pierre Malherbaud, and at the draftFrom left to right: ,Pierre Malherbaud, and at the draftSundayPlayers
, if it weren't for Kai, people would think of him as the best German player, if it weren't for Kai, people would think of him as the best German playerSundayPlayers
The cute version of MalherbaudSundayPlayers
Here Olivier Ruel is his old usual selfHere is his old usual selfSundayPlayers
Pierre Malherbaud is back from never really goneSundayPlayers
Olivier Ruel's hundredth Top 8 this season's hundredth Top 8 this seasonSundayPlayers
is the only Dutch to defend the Netherlands in the Top 8 for a change is the only Dutch to defend the Netherlands in the Top 8 for a changeSundayPlayers
Iwan Tan, the senior of the Top 8, the senior of the Top 8SundayPlayers
Little French prince, Little French prince, SundayPlayers
Christophe Lippert took on a perfect lotus position but we prefer it when he simply smiles to the cameraSundayPlayers
Here he is again,SundayPlayers
The best eight players of Grand Prix-NaplesSundayPlayers
BuddiesSundayPlayers
Carlo Guardascione, the PR Manager of the Città della Scienza and Patrizia Pignata of the Italian Association for Cancer Research wanted to thank Wizards of the Coast for the gift of 7200 euroStaffPlayers
Olivier Ruel hurried to draw with to cover the Jeudon-Lévy match in round 13 hurried to draw with to cover the Jeudon-Lévy match in round 13SundayPlayers
Czech Zdenek Lysák in the match deciding on the Top 8. His opponent Iwan Tan made itCzech Zdenek Lysák in the match deciding on the Top 8. His opponent made itSundayPlayers
Pierre, looks you straight in the eyeSundayPlayers
Pierre Malherbaud versus in round twelveSundayPlayers
Sneaky peek at Gis Hoogendijk. Tastes good?SundayStaff
Hot on the other side of the window...SundaySite
Olivier Ruel and in round 12, too bad hardly anyone understood what these two were rattling on about and in round 12, too bad hardly anyone understood what these two were rattling on aboutSundayPlayers
in doubt in doubtSundayPlayers
, close but no cigarSundayPlayers
Lévy is doomed. Olivier Ruel's permanentsLévy is doomed. 's permanentsSundayPlayers
Swedish support for the Sideboard, Viet Van and Niklas ErikssonSundayStaff
versus Olivier Ruel and the usual share of curious on-lookers versus and the usual share of curious on-lookersSundayPlayers
A terribly tired-looking Event Manager Christophe Weyers and it wasn't late last nightSundayStaff
The Italian Antonio Corbino was no match for his opponent in round elevenThe Italian Antonio Corbino was no match for his opponent in round elevenSundayPlayers
In the meantime at the side eventsSundayPlayers
The second draft of day twoSundayPlayers
and Olivier Ruel seem to have different opinions on their draft and seem to have different opinions on their draftSundayPlayers
Viet Van follows the draft of Cédric Cudre-Mauroux and Florent Jeudon at the first tableSundayPlayers
Kai BuddeSundayPlayers
Petr NahodilSundayPlayers
Jelger WiegersmaSundayPlayers
SundayPlayers
Round ten features Kai Budde versus Petr Nahodil and versus Jelger Wiegersma: some people want to follow both matchesRound ten features versus and versus : some people want to follow both matchesSundayPlayers
Italian Wizards staff Elena Avanzi and Gaetano Gagliardi prefer the sun outsideSundayStaff
Thomas Rosholm has a look at his own cards when Bram questions themSundayPlayers
Dutch Bram Snepvangers faced Swedish Thomas Rosholm in round nine at the feature match tableSundayPlayers
Bastos lost in round nine, hurting his brain like that didn't helpSundayPlayers
Jan Doise is the only Belgian at this tournament and he's up there in round nineSundayPlayers
Golden boy gives his opponent the thumbs upSundayPlayers
Raffaele Lo Moro, one of the Italian old-timers who survived the first daySundayPlayers
Ed Fear is very vocal on every moveSundayPlayers
Antonino De Rosa chucklesSundayPlayers
"No stress" for Thomas Rosholm at the draftSundayPlayers
Le grand et le petit VoginSundayPlayers
The hottest corner at the first draft table: Kai Budde and a who is looking for inspiration in higher placesThe hottest corner at the first draft table: and a who is looking for inspiration in higher placesSundayPlayers
"Strike a pose, there's nothing to it - Vogue", or Ed Fear at the draftSundayPlayers
One doesn't have to look too far, Raffaele and Anna Cioffo are playing a typical card game from NaplesSaturdayPlayers
Local boy Leonardo Cioffo shows his father 'the ways of Magic'SaturdayPlayers
Giovanni Girini didn't seem to sure of himself at this stage of the game but he is about to win from DatoSaturdayPlayers
Despite having been ill, Kai is performing well as usualSaturdayPlayers
THE feature match of the day,Kai Budde versus in the last round of the dayTHE feature match of the day, versus in the last round of the daySaturdayPlayers
Federico Dato, one of Italy's best players right now, fights to make day twoSaturdayPlayers
Italian superstarsSaturdayPlayers
The things a man does to look good in a picture - that's a joke, AlexSaturdayPlayers
Rui Mariani gives me a benign smileSaturdayPlayers
A stoic Jelger Wiegersma doesn't seem too impressed with Ruel, his opponent in round sixA stoic doesn't seem too impressed with Ruel, his opponent in round sixSaturdayPlayers
Olivier Ruel doing what he does best and no, we don't mean Magic doing what he does best and no, we don't mean MagicSaturdayPlayers
The feature matches of round sixSaturdayPlayers
Two American beauties, Ed Fear and Mike PustilnikSaturdayPlayers
working on his facial expression working on his facial expressionSaturdayPlayers
Big cheers for a popular Luca ChieraSaturdayPlayers
Gromko Radoslaw on a trip around EuropeSaturdayPlayers
Florent Jeudon promised to go to the hairdresser on his return homeSaturdayPlayers
Bram Snepvangers can give you all the details on the route of bus number 7SaturdayPlayers
Two-time French National Champion Pierre Malherbaud beat Boeken in round 5SaturdayPlayers
Not enough sleep but all the confidence in the world. What will decide for Noah Boeken?SaturdayPlayers
It doesn't take a name like Shvartsman to be able to read Russian. proves his worth reading out loud from "The Little Prince" - flawlessIt doesn't take a name like Shvartsman to be able to read Russian. proves his worth reading out loud from "The Little Prince" - flawlessSaturdayPlayers
Round four feature matches: vs. and vs. Round four feature matches: vs. and vs. SaturdayPlayers
Arjan van LeeuwenSaturdayPlayers
Patrick MelloSaturdayPlayers
Franck CanuSaturdayPlayers
Raphaël LévySaturdayPlayers
Discussing the pros and cons of having children, artist Arnie Swekel and scorekeeper Gis Hoogendijk. One definite pro: teach 'em Magic and play!SaturdayStaff
Two Rotelli brothers. Ilja passed the stage of playing Magic, being the current OP Manager in Italy, Francesco's time is yet to comeSaturdayPlayers
So fresh and so cleanSaturdayPlayers
Following the games of fellow Dutchmen, Jelger WiegersmaFollowing the games of fellow Dutchmen, SaturdayPlayers
Christoph LippertSaturdayPlayers
Antoine Ruel found the perfect place for the Magic stickers lying around on siteSaturdayPlayers
Round three playersSaturdayPlayers
No more spare time for players with two byesSaturdayPlayers
One of three Portuguese at Grand Prix Naples, Frederico Bastos faces Raffaele Lo Moro in round threeSaturdayPlayers
Raffaele Lo Moro shies away when his fans ask him to smile for the cameraSaturdayPlayers
Helmut Summersberger plays Raphael Gennari in these gentlemen's first round of the daySaturdayPlayers
Ali G look-alike from SwitzerlandSaturdayPlayers
The local press is interested to learn the gameSaturdaySite
Stefano Fiore goes for blue, the colour of the national football teamSaturdayPlayers
Fashionista Alex Shvartsman wearing a birthday presentSaturdayPlayers
"I'm always disappointed if I see a serious picture of myself. There's so many stupid things I could have done.", Olivier Ruel"I'm always disappointed if I see a serious picture of myself. There's so many stupid things I could have done.", SaturdayPlayers
The event is up and running. Time for a break for Gaetano Gagliardi, Christophe Weyers, Margaret Commellato and Ilja RotelliSaturdayStaff
A bustling Napoli street right outside the museumSaturdaySite
The judges are briefed by Head Judge Davide BitettoSaturdayStaff
Italian breakfastSaturdayPlayers
Waiting for his master to get registered?SaturdayPlayers
Our big blue Fly Guy is a hit with the museum visitors, mostly childrenSaturdayStaff
Arnie Swekel is busy signing his cards at nine in the morningSaturdayStaff
The first players have arrivedSaturdayPlayers
Margaret Commellato dropped her job in marketing and promotes the Sideboard from now onSaturdayStaff
Good morning, NapoliSaturdaySite
On the other side of the museum, there's us!SaturdaySite
The Grand Prix takes place in the impressive Città della Scienza, a science museum which only recently opened in former shipyards. After Antwerp and Barcelona, it seems Wizards of the Coast is actually doing a tour of shipyards instead of a Grand Prix circuitSaturdaySite
A not quite so Italian threesome, Federico Dato, Antinino De Rosa and Stefano FioreSaturdayPlayers
Stan van der Velden and Jan Doise seem to prefer watching Noah Boeken and Arjan van Leeuwen getting some exercise to RoadrunnerStan van der Velden and Jan Doise seem to prefer watching Noah Boeken and getting some exercise to RoadrunnerSaturdayPlayers
Marta Luchi is a fan of our Head JudgeSaturdayPlayers
Gis Hoogendijk and Federico Calò take care of registration on FridaySaturdayStaff
This is what they really doSaturdayPlayers
Davide Bitetto, Gaetano Gagliardi and Matteo Negrini prepare the judges badgesSaturdayPlayers
In the middle of an industrial area, but nevertheless a spectacular seaside viewSaturdayPlayers
Just registered and already playing hardSaturdayPlayers

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