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2000 Pro Tour Chicago

Sunday's Pictures

[view]Kamiel Cornelissen sideboards
[view]Armageddon is bad
[view]The finalists go at it, Sheldon Menery judges and reports. What a guy
[view]The finals stage, very nice
[view]Gotterdammerung Or, in English, Armageddon
[view]Kai Budde blazed through the Top 8. He was on fire
[view]A lovely picture of Kai Budde and his new trophy
[view]Richard Garfield gives Rob Daugherty a stern talking to
[view]Dougherty, Kibler, Cornelissen and Budde: the Final Four
[view]The triumphant Kai Budde
[view]Pals and rivals, Jon Finkel and Ben Rubin
[view]The finals end, Budde wins
[view]One of the four finalists chairs
[view]Kai Budde, Pro Tour Champion
[view]Cornelissen defeats Dougherty
[view]Rob Dougherty has some cool token creatures
[view]Cornelissen, playing in the semifinals
[view]Brian Kibler plays Kai Budde while judge Sheldon Menery presides and reports
[view]Kai Budde hopes to ride his sweater to the top
[view]Kai Budde made his way to the finals
[view]Rob comes across the table into the red zone
[view]Rob Dougherty has control over the game
[view]Kamiel Cornlissen studies his hand carefully
[view]Brian Kibler, all sideboarded for the rebel matchup
[view]The Top 4, on the ESPN2 stage
[view]Elarar and Budde shake after their quarterfinal match
[view]Brian Kibler encourages Kai Budde to win his quarterfinals - he liked the matchup
[view]Little kids love the fatties
[view]Kibler and Mowshowitz shake after a brutally quick match
[view]Bad times for Mr. Mowshowitz
[view]Kiblers hand is pretty good
[view]Kai Budde is a happy, go-lucky kind of guy. However, he appears to have brought an army to watch his back.
[view]Jon cuts Kamiels deck
[view]Finkel concentrates on taking his match
[view]Can you believe this happened in the Top 8 of a Pro Tour
[view]Rob Dougherty plays against Mikey P Pustilnik in the quarterfinals
[view]Jon Finkel, Top 8
[view]Mike Pustilnik, Top 8
[view]Kai Budde, Top 8
[view]Kamiel Cornlissen, Top 8
[view]Jay Elarar, Top 8
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz, Top 8
[view]Brian Kibler, Top 8
[view]Rob Dougherty, Top 8
[view]Kai vs. Elarar, theyre in the red zone
[view]Brian Kibler smashes down Rith, the Awakener
[view]Kamiel Cornlissen advanced to the semifinals
[view]Quarterfinalist Zvi Mowshowitz, from New York
[view]New Yorker Mike Pustilnik made the Top 8
[view]Quarterfinalist Jay Elarar
[view]Rob Dougherty shakes hands after his win

Saturday's Pictures

[view]Arto and Kai play for the Top 8
[view]Side events were huge - drawing locals and PT regulars
[view]The Feature Match area was packed all day
[view]Becky Hiebert rides Rob Dougherty. Exciting
[view]Arto sideboards
[view]Kai Budde is on a hot streak, after a long cool streak
[view]Herzog is in a very tight match
[view]Finkel topdecks like the miser he is
[view]They work hard and they play hard
[view]JSSrs are good sports
[view]Standard fever gripped everyone - even those not competing in the Pro Tour
[view]Canadian Gary Wise and Frenchman Raphael Levy shake hands after a tough match
[view]Finkel defeated Herzog for a spot in the Top 8
[view]HA Five color Magic at its best
[view]One of Magics many teams
[view]Players in the QT fight to go to Tokyo
[view]Finkel arranges the stack
[view]Jensen is beating up on a disconcerted Finkel
[view]Nicolai Herzog vs. Jinpei Hassaku
[view]William Baby Huey Jensen is just shy of the Top 8
[view]Jon Finkel shuffles up, hoping to stay in contention
[view]Jinpei Hassaku is the highest ranked Japanese player still in contention
[view]Eh. What are you going to do
[view]Rob Dougherty plays yet another fat Jade Leech
[view]Travis Turning has recently made a PT Top 8, in New York
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz is definitely riding the bubble
[view]Invitationalist Gary Wise vs. Noah Boeken
[view]Godinez offers to deal Budde some damage
[view]Kai Budde concentrates on the board situation
[view]Saproling Burst or no
[view]Dougherty is one of several players having great success with his Fires deck
[view]Rob Dougherty is all over this game
[view]Zvis asleep at the wheel
[view]Kavu Chameleon has been a favorite of pros playing Fires
[view]Finkel is worried about the health of his attacking Kavu Chameleon
[view]Noah Boeken is engaged in a staring contest
[view]Gary Wise, somehow angry about his resolving Absorb
[view]Gerardo Godinez plays Scott Johns in the late rounds. Both players are near the top of the field
[view]The crowds gathered to watch Jon Finkel
[view]Brian Kibler shakes his fist
[view]Kai Budde, angry at the world, chops the feature match table in half
[view]A happy Brian Kibler
[view]Sigurd Eskeland is a very, very surprised person
[view]Hampton Court Palaces Ben Ronaldson
[view]Sigurd Eskeland plays against Ben Ronaldson
[view]Jon Finkel vs. Brian Kibler
[view]Mike Pustilnik vs. Jamie Parke
[view]Hiltunen looks over at Mahers side of the table
[view]Andres Konstanczer plays against Jay Elarar
[view]Brian Kibler got to live every kids dream - beating an undefeated Jon Finkel in a Pro Tour Feature Match with an Armadillo Cloaked Rith, the Awakener
[view]Jon Finkel gets the smackdown
[view]Jamie Parke is a fine young man
[view]New Yorks Mike Pustilnik is a happy man
[view]Newly converted Buddhist Gerardo Godinez Estrada generously donates his deck to the poor
[view]Noah Weil poses with his girlfriend
[view]Diligent judge applicants take an often-difficult test
[view]QT players are the next generation of Jon Finkels
[view]Jon Finkel has the upper hand on Rob Dougherty
[view]Norways Nicolai Herzog plays against Seth Burn
[view]The always well-dressed Warren Marsh plays against Raphael Levy
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz plays against Ben Ronaldson
[view]Zvi takes his time and untaps properly
[view]Englishman Ben Ronaldson, popularly thought of as one of the best resources in the world
[view]Rob Dougherty looks over at Finkels side of the table
[view]Jon Finkel draws a card
[view]Dirk Baberowski and Nicolas Labarre look over the standings
[view]QT players try to earn a slot to play at Tokyo
[view]Magics ESPN2 logo
[view]Judges in the side events area host a Qualifier Tournament - this is how most players get their big break on the Tour
[view]Dealer tables reported that Absorb was the most sought after card this weekend - the value of it more than doubled
[view]Sometimes, the pressure just gets to you
[view]One cool thing about the Pro Tour is that players can watch older Pro Tours on television monitors located around the building
[view]There are a few disturbing sights, at the highest level of competition
[view]Justin Gary sides in rebels sometimes. Sneaky
[view]Justin Gary asks Tony Dobson for a high five
[view]Slemr moves some guys into the red zone
[view]The board: Kai Budde vs. Jakub Slemr. Rebels abound
[view]Jakub Slemr plays his match while Mark Rosewater phases out
[view]Tony Dobson eyes his fresh-drawn card
[view]Valkyser preps to play another threat against the Rebel deck
[view]Eskeland passes his turn
[view]Stephan Valkyser plays against former Pro Tour Champ, Sigurd Eskeland
[view]Andres Konstanczer plays against Matthias Jordstedt to kick off Day 2
[view]Germanys Kai Budde, one of Magics greats
[view]One of the many perks of judging is the stylish shirt. You stand out in the crowd
[view]Diligent judges wait for Day 2 to begin

Friday's Pictures

[view]Noah Boeken is a calm and compassionate player
[view]Mahers cards are hot. Very hot
[view]Masayuki Higashino considers his options
[view]Sigurd Eskeland approximates the size of his deck
[view]Pustilnik taps some mana to cast Ghitu Fire. Finkel has to read the card
[view]EEK Mike Pustilnik is clearly not happy
[view]Finkel attacks with his River Boa
[view]Jon Finkel, piano maestro, is currently 7-0
[view]Dan Cervelli, William Jensen and Jon Finkel are hangin
[view]Nicolas Labarre and Jon Finkel play at the top tables
[view]Artist Tony Szczudlo
[view]Borer laughs manically as he looks down on Mr. Burn
[view]Tom Guevin uses his elbows a lot while playing
[view]Terry Borer is all hopped up
[view]Is that Igor That is Igor
[view]Tommy Guevin is, they say, tight
[view]Seth Burn, Mindripper columnist
[view]Maher vs. Slemr in a late Day 1 feature
[view]Bob Maher Jr. is one of the best players around
[view]Former PT Chicago Champ, Jakub Slemr
[view]Dojo founder Frank Kusomoto popped by to check out the action
[view]Artist Matt Cavotta
[view]Zvi is flabbergasted
[view]The best Fact or Fiction ever
[view]The irrepressible Zvi Mowshowitz
[view]Stefan Valkyser plays against Satoshi Nakamura
[view]Fuller vs. Shvartsman, two Invitational competitors
[view]Davis plays Maher. Again.
[view]Sideboard writer Alex Shvartsman looks good for Day 2
[view]Canadian National Champ, Ryan Fuller
[view]Bob Maher, The Great One, is doing well in both the Masters and Pro Tour
[view]Renee Roub tests out the demo area
[view]Chicago looms above the competition
[view]Dave Humpherys has long been known for his ability to defy physics
[view]Humpherys and Pikula are two of the friendliest opponents around
[view]Chris Pikula is, well, Chris Pikula
[view]Scott Johns of Mindripper
[view]Adrian Sullivan plays against Laurie Dunning of Team Goodfellas
[view]Steve O and Frank Adler, two Pro Tour champs
[view]Eskeland and Frayman, possibly two of the tallest competitors, play
[view]Levy cast a Saproling Burst, prepping to run Dougherty over
[view]Rob is very ready to untap. Playing Fires of Yavimaya makes players incredibly proactive
[view]Rob Dougherty of Your Move Games plays against Frenchman Raphael Levy
[view]Chicago is a beautiful Midwestern city
[view]Some of its skyscrapers have been around for quite some time
[view]Chicago has its share of tall buildings
[view]The Hyatt Regency hotel, hosting Pro Tour Chicago
[view]Jensen was quickly swept in this Feature Match
[view]German favorite, Andre Konstanczer
[view]William Jensen. There are rumors that people call him Baby Huey behind his back
[view]Superman: Ben Rubin
[view]Big Ben: Englishman Ben Ronaldson
[view]The battle of the Bens: Ronaldson vs. Rubin
[view]Gary Krakower vs. Tadayoshi Komiya
[view]River Boa or no
[view]This is the highest level of competition - the top tables of a Pro Tour
[view]Frenchman Raphael Levy
[view]Steve OMahoney Schwartz plays against Pro Tour Atlanta Champion, Frank Adler
[view]Sigurd Eskeland plays against Igor Frayman
[view]Igor Frayman sends his creatures into the red zone
[view]Sigurd Eskeland is a happy Viking
[view]Willkomen Frank Adler, old pro
[view]New Yorks own Steve OMS
[view]Scorekeeper Gordon Culp is beat, so Tournament Manager Jeff Donais gives him a sensual massage while Head Judge Mike Donais presides
[view]Gary Wise plays for the love of it
[view]The Noble Panther and its painter, Artie Swekel
[view]Artist Glen Angus poses with the art from the popular Tangle Wire
[view]The controversial Trey Van Cleave asked if there would be a gray zone on the new play mats, for sketchy plays.
[view]Former PT-Chicago champ, Dirk Baberowski
[view]A good shot of the new Feature Match playmat
[view]Nicolai Herzog shakes hands after his match
[view]The Feature Match area gained a couple of new features, including guard rails and dramatic lighting
[view]Forsythe and Cuneo were the first set of friends to play each other in a Chicago Feature Match this year
[view]Two World Champions play: Budde vs. Selden
[view]Old friends Gary Wise and Dirk Baberowski were paired early on
[view]Rose plays Van Cleave in round 2
[view]Virginian, Kyle Rose
[view]Gary Wise reads his opponents Fact or Fiction. Maybe, if he looks at it long enough, it will be countered
[view]Former World Champion, Kai Budde, wearing a non-striped sweater
[view]Players, including Invitational participant Gerardo Godinez Estrada, check out the pairings
[view]Sturla vs. Satoshi, Norway vs. Japan
[view]Pro Tour Chicago drew players from around the world
[view]Andrew Cuneo eyes Forsythes Absorb
[view]Aaron Forsythe prevents an overeager opponent from cutting his deck
[view]Satoshi Nakamura plays well, despite allegations that hes wearing an old hat
[view]Norwegian Sturla Bingen
[view]Chapin and Snepvangers play for a first round victory. No one wants to start 0-1
[view]Chris Pikula plays Ben Rubin. Both players just got back from the Magic Invitational in Sydney
[view]Pat Chapin eyes creatures in the Red Zone
[view]Abraham Snepvangers concentrates. The early rounds of a Pro Tour are just as important as the later ones
[view]Ben Rubin, early in his first Feature Match of the day
[view]Chris Pikula is a sly, sly dawg

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