column

Live Coverage of 2004 Grand Prix Hong Kong

  • Print
Author Image

Chuen Hwa Tan from Malaysia is the Grand Prix Hong Kong Champion!

When a cadre of professional Magic players descended on Hong Kong the weekend after Kobe the joke making that rounds is that someone nobody had heard of would hoist the trophy. Chuen may not be known but he proved himself to be no joke. He was near the top of the standings all weekend long and defeated some stiff competition in the Top 8.

After dispatching Takuya Osawa form Japan in the round of eight he took down one of Japan's finest in the semi-finals as Masashi Oiso fell to his speedy black-white deck. In the finals it was a match-up between him and Pro Tour Amsterdam Top 8 player Olivier Ruel from France. Ruel put up more of a fight than was expected from his deck but in the end he would have to wait for his sixteenth Top 8 to win an individual event.

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Chuen Hwa Tan (MYS) $2,400
 2.  Olivier Ruel (FRA) $1,700
 3.  Masashi Oiso (JPN) $1,200
 4.  Gabe Walls (USA) $1,000
 5.  Takuya Osawa (JPN) $800
 6.  Steven Tan (SGP) $800
 7.  Terry Soh (MYS) $800
 8.  Chi-Chung Hwang (TWN) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

Chuen had only a Grand Prix Top 16 appearance previous to this and has never played on the Pro Tour. He is hoping to attend San Diego but was going to savor the experience of Hong Kong before worrying about another tournament.

From here many of the Pros will be heading to Grand Prix Sendai in Japan. The following weekend is Columbus and Birmingham. Come back here to keep up with all the happenings.


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Masashi Oiso   Masashi Oiso, 2-1        
8 Terry Soh   Chuen Hwa Tan, 2-0
       
4 Takuya Osawa   Chuen Hwa Tan, 2-1   Chuen Hwa Tan, 2-1
5 Chuen Hwa Tan    
       
2 Gabe Walls   Gabe Walls, 2-0
7 Chi-Chung Hwang   Olivier Ruel, 2-1
       
3 Steven Tan   Olivier Ruel, 2-1
6 Olivier Ruel    

EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Olivier Ruel vs. Chuen Tan
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Masashi Oiso vs. Chuen Tan
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Gabe Walls vs. Chi-Chung Hwang
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Feature: Top 8 Drafting with Gabe Walls
    by Antonino DeRosa
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Nick Wong
  • Top 8: Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Round 14: Antoine Ruel vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 13: Olivier Ruel vs. Terry Soh
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Pendant or No?
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 11: Ben Stark vs. Anton Jonsson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 10: Albertus Law vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 9: Osamu Fujita vs. Jens Thoren
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Drafting with Ben Stark and Osamu Fujita
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 9: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day Two: Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Day One: Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 8: Olivier Ruel vs. Jens Thoren
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 7: Itaru Ishida vs. Chang Chua
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 5: Ben Stark vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 4: Antonino DeRosa vs. Gabe Walls
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 3: Akira Asahara vs. Chen Yen-Hao
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Building a Deck With Anton Jonsson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: The Judges
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day One: Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
Pairings Results Standings
Final
14
13
12
11
10
9
14
13
12
11
10
9
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
  • Planeswalker Points
  • Facebook Twitter
  • Gatherer: The Magic Card Database
  • Forums: Connect with the Magic Community
  • Magic Locator