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Live Coverage of 2003 European Championship

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Once upon a time European Championships were regarded as the Norwegian Invitational. The first two titles were taken by Norwegian players and they now have a total of four out of six titles. Germany's David Brucker – last year – and The Netherlands' Noah Boeken tried to change that reputation but we all knew it wouldn't last long.

This Top 8 had two Norwegians: Sigurd Eskeland and Nicolai Herzog. Both are veterans of the game: Sigurd with a Pro Tour title and Nicolai a former European champion. While the rest of the players did their best to slow them down, no one could stop Nicolai Herzog.

Sure, France's Pierre Malherbaud was on fire during the whole weekend. He stormed through the Swiss with uncanny ease, quickly dispatched Slovenian Borut Todorovic in his Quarterfinals and crushed Eskeland's dream of an All-Norway final. Still, his final match-up wasn't good and Herzog made sure he didn't get any chances.

France had three players in the Top 8, with Nassif and Shaw falling in the Quarterfinals. From then on Malherbaud was the only non-Nordic representative (with Herzog, Eskeland and Finland's Jussi Salovaara closing the Top Four). The Norwegian Blue-Green was well equipped to deal with the match-ups they faced and Eskeland's defeat in the semifinals came as something of an surprise.

In the end, what goes around comes around. Norway had had enough. They wanted the title back. So Nicolai Herzog became the first two-time continental champion, in the only continental championship still running.


Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Nicolai Herzog (Norway) $15,000
 2.  Pierre Malherbaud (France) $7,500
 3.  Jussi Salovaara (Finland) $5,500
 4.  Sigurd Eskeland (Norway) $4,500
 5.  Gabriel Nassif (France) $3,000
 6.  Stuart Wright (England) $2,500
 7.  Thomas Shaw (France) $2,000
 8.  Borut Todorovic (Slovenia) $1,500

(Click here for complete final standings)


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Pierre Malherbaud Pierre Malherbaud,
3-1
8 Borut Todorovic Pierre Malherbaud,
3-1
4 Gabriel Nassif Sigurd Eskeland,
3-1
Nicolai Herzog,
3-1
5 Sigurd Eskeland
2 Jussi Salovaara Jussi Salovaara,
3-1
7 Thomas Shaw Nicolai Herzog,
3-2
3 Nicolai Herzog Nicolai Herzog,
3-1
6 Stuart Wright

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Decklists: All Standard Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Finals: Pierre Malherbaud vs. Nicolai Herzog
    by Craig Jones
  • Semifinals: Pierre Malherbaud vs. Sigurd Eskeland
    by Roger Dane
  • Semifinals: Jussi Salovaara vs. Nicolai Herzog
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Quarterfinals: Pierre Malherbaud vs. Borut Todorovic
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Quarterfinals: Gabriel Nassif vs. Sigurd Eskeland
    by Roger Dane
  • Quarterfinals: Jussi Salovaara vs. Thomas Shaw
    by Tomi Walamies
  • Quarterfinals: Nicolai Herzog vs. Stuart Wright
    by Craig Jones
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round 14: Jussi Salovaara vs. Gert Coeckelbergh
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 14: Gabriel Nassif vs. Helmut Summersberger
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 13: Nicolas Labarre vs. Thomas Shaw
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 13: Stuart Wright vs. Sam Gomersall
    by Craig Jones
  • Round 12: Borut Todorovic vs. Wolfgang Eder
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 12: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Sam Gomersall
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 11: Tommi Hovi vs. Joni Ukkola
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 11: Dario Parazzoli vs. Wolfgang Eder
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 10: Nicolai Herzog vs. Frederic Courtois
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 10: Nicolas Labarre vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 9: Anton Jonsson vs. Jan Tomcani
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 9: Stuart Wright vs. Sigurd Eskeland
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 8: Tommi Hovi vs. Raffaele Lo Moro
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 8: Chris Clapton vs. Pierre Malherbaud
    by Roger Dane
  • Draft 2: Table 1
    by Craig Jones
  • Draft 2: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round 7: Manuel Bevand vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 6: Kai Budde vs. Rogier Maaten
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 5: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Tomi Walamies
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 5: Nicolas Labarre vs. Helmut Summersberger
    by Craig Jones
  • Round 4: Chris Clapton vs. Stuart Wright
    by Roger Dane
  • Round 4: Farid Meraghni vs. Tom van de Logt
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Draft 1: Table 1
    by Craig Jones
  • Draft 1: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 3: Noah Boeken vs. Patrick Mello
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 3: Nicolai Herzog vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Craig Jones
  • Round 2: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Federico Dato
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 1: Stan van der Velden vs. Jelger Wiegersma
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Round 1: Mattias Jorstedt vs. John Larkin
    by Craig Jones
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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