Francisco Barboza crowned 2001 Mexican National Champion

Posted in News on April 11, 2001

By Sideboard Staff

The Mexican National TeamThe field Francisco Barboza faced included the 2000 Latin America Continental Champion, Gustavo Chapela, several previous Mexican National Champions, and the winner of Grand Prix - Buenos Aires, Hugo Araiza. The top 8 included a Magic Invitational 2000 participant and perhaps the best-known Mexican player internationally, Gerardo Godinez. But Francisco Barboza persevered, and took home the coveted title of 2001 Mexican National Champion, along with a prize purse of $1700 USD.

In the finals, Fracisco Barboza faces Carlos MedinaBarboza has done well in tournaments before; he won Mexico City's Pro Tour - Los Angeles 2000 Qualifier tournament and its 2001 Grand Prix - Rio de Janeiro Trial. He also came in top 8 at the 2000 Latin America Continental Championship in Santiago, Chile. Winning the Mexican National Championship puts him on his first step to even greater accomplishments, giving him a spot on the Mexican National Team at Worlds and an invitation to the 2001 Latin America Continental Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rounding out the Mexican National Team are Carlos Medina, a resident of Mexico City who took home $1000 USD with his second-place finish, and Messaoud Bouchaib, a Top 8 finisher at Grand Prix - Helsinki who adds $800 USD and the third National Team slot to his list of prizes.

Francisco Barboza

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Carlos Medina

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Messaoud Bouchaib

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Jorge Gonzalez Padilla

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Creature (4)
1 Air Elemental 3 Nether Spirit
Artifact (1)
1 Tsabo's Web
Other (4)
4 Spite/Malice
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Gerardo Godinez

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3 Nether Spirit
Sorcery (2)
2 Bribery
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3 Tsabo's Web
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14 Island 3 Swamp 3 Underground River
Other (2)
2 Spite/Malice
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Julio Cesar Ayala

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1 Rout 2 Wrath of God
Artifact (2)
2 Tsabo's Web
Enchantment (2)
2 Parallax Wave
Other (11)
9 Islands 2 Lin-Sivvi, Defiant Hero
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Fernando Dominguez

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