2002 Grand Prix Sapporo Coverage

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Amateur Shinichi Kumagai has won Grand Prix - Sapporo! Fighting past a sea of pros with his blue-green Madness/Speculation hybrid, Kumagai managed 6-1-1 on Day 1 without the help of byes. Day 2 was just as spicy for the young man from Iwate. He won five straight and drew into the Top 8. His road to the finals was blocked by Satoshi Nakamura, one of the oldest names in Japanese pro Magic. He 2-0'd him. In the finals he faced Masahiko Morita, who lived up to his reputation as "Mr. Second Place". Kumagai, whose name is shockingly close to the Japanese name for the card Bearscape, continues the tradition of Japanese amateurs having breakout performances at domesting Grand Prix. Congratulations to Shinichi Kumagai, Grand Prix - Sapporo Champion!

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Shinichi Kumagai (Japan) $2,400
 2.  Masahiko Morita (Japan) $1,700
 3.  Satoshi Nakamura (Japan) $1,200
 4.  Itaru Ishida (Japan) $1,000
 5.  Kenji Kimoto (Japan) $800
 6.  Junichi Kinoshita (Japan) $800
 7.  Yuta Hirosawa (Japan) $800
 8.  Nobuaki Shikata (Japan) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Kenji Kimoto Masahiko Morita, 2-0
8 Masahiko Morita Masahiko Morita, 2-1
4 Itaru Ishida Itaru Ishida, 2-0 Shinichi Kumagai, 2-1
5 Junichi Kinoshita
2 Satoshi Nakamura Satoshi Nakamura, 2-1
7 Nobuaki Shikata Shinichi Kumagai, 2-0
3 Shinichi Kumagai Shinichi Kumagai, 2-1
6 Yuta Hirosawa

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