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The Road to Worlds, European Continental Championships Preview

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

22nd July 2010

The first Continental Championships of the year are over - you can read about them in The Road to Worlds, Australian Continental Championships Review. Now it is time preview the second Continental Championships of the year in Europe:

Friday 23rd JulySaturday 24th JulySunday 25th July
6:30pm: European Biermeister Championships
Second Edition (Standard)
The Falcon
9 Cornmarket
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2AX
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]
10am: European Continental Championships (day one)
Second Edition (Standard)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]
9:30am: European Continental Championships (day two)
Second Edition (Standard)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
10am: Side Event
First Edition (Open)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]
1pm: European Continental Championships
First Edition (OTF)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]
2:30pm: Side Event
First Edition (OTSD Sealed)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]
1pm: Chairman's Challenge
Second Edition (Standard)
Bucks New University Student's Union
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom
[Pre-register]

If you are planning on attending the European Continental Championships weekend, the annoucement article contains all the information you'll need. If it doesn't, then the discussion thread is the place to ask questions. Where else can you find the following prizes? (click to enlarge)

Trophies
Winners Trophy
First Edition Foils
Second Edition Foils
Booster Prizes

All that remains is to preview the players that have pre-registered:

Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper42). Overall rating: 1747. World rank: 12.
Tyler is part of the very competitive playgroup in West Germany that features, among others, Tobias Rausmann (garetjax) and Thomas Schneider (thsch). Despite the tough opposition, he has won 10 of the 41 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 70% winning record in the 185 games he has played. He was a losing semi-finalist at the 2008 European Championships, and did not compete last year. The two affiliations he has played the most this year are [Car] Cardassian and [Maq] Maquis. His most recent deck was [TOS] Original Series. Tyler has a Day One Round One bye for the Continental Championships.

Stuart Motley (Damulak). Overall rating: 1715. World rank: 19.
Stuart plays in Grimsby, England. He was the 2008 UK National Champion. He has won 23 of the 41 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 75% winning record in the 140 games he has played. He did not play in the last two European Championships. The two affiliations he has played the most this year are [Dom] Dominion and [Kli] Klingon. His most recent deck was [Fer] Ferengi.

Thomas Schneider (thsch). Overall rating: 1672. World rank: 30.
Thomas is also part of the very competitive playgroup in West Germany that features, among others, Tobias Rausmann (garetjax) and Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper42). Despite the tough opposition, he has won 7 of the 47 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 64% winning record in the 259 games he has played. He was knocked out in the round of 16 in the 2008 and 2009 European Championships. The affiliation he has played the most this year is [SF] Starfleet, with [Bor] Borg and [Voy] Voyager/Equinox tied for second place. His most recent deck was [TOS] Original Series. Thomas has a Day One Round One bye for the Continental Championships.

Will Hoskin (Gumbo). Overall rating: 1609. World rank: 60.
Will is the younger half of the infamous Hoskin brothers, and plays in London, England. He has won 10 of the 41 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 56% winning record in the 179 games he has played. He has failed to qualify for Day Two of the 2008 and 2009 European Championships, although he did qualify for Day Two at the World Championships both years. The two affiliations he has played the most this year are [Fer] Ferengi and [Rom] Romulan. His most recent deck was [Rom] Romulan. Will has a Day One Round One bye for the Continental Championships.

Auwerd Bijker (Auwey). Overall rating: 1593. World rank: 69.
Auwerd's most recent tournaments have been in the West of Germany alongside Tobias, Tyler and Thomas. He has not won any of the 23 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 49% winning record in the 99 games he has played. He did not qualify for Day Two at the 2008 European Championships, and was a losing quarter-finalist at the 2009 European Championships. The three affiliations he has played this year are [DS9] Deep Space 9, [TNG] Next Generation and [Rom] Romulan. His most recent deck was [Rom] Romulan.

Soren Ramme Nielsen (s_ramme). Overall rating: 1556. World rank: 104.
Soren plays in Arhus, Denmark. He has won 1 of the 8 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 57% winning record in the 42 games he has played. He has failed to qualify for Day Two of the 2008 and 2009 European Championships, although he only missed out by one place in 2009. He has only played one affiliation, [Bor] Borg, this year.

Peter H. Møller (Peukon). Overall rating: 1547. World rank: 117.
Peter also plays in Arhus, Denmark. He has not won any of the 9 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 44% winning record in the 41 games he has played. He did not qualify for Day Two of the 2008 European Championships, and was a losing quarter-finalist at the 2009 European Championships. He has only played one affiliation, [Dom] Dominion, this year.

Nicholas Yankovec (nickyank). Overall rating: 1520. World rank: 166.
Nick plays in London, England. He has won 2 of the 13 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 45% winning record in the 40 games he has played. He did not play in the last two European Championships, although he was the losing finalist at the 2004 European Championships. The three affiliations he has played this year are [Bor] Borg, Earth (Home of Starfleet Command) and [Dom] Dominion. His most recent deck was [Dom] Dominion.

Steve Upton (nagisteve). Overall rating: 1504. World rank: 222.
Steve also plays in London, England. He has won 2 of the 14 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 42% winning record in the 55 games he has played. He did not qualify for Day Two of the 2008 European Championships, and did not compete last year. The two affiliations he has played the most this year are [Baj] Bajoran and [Car] [Rom] [NA] Cardassian / Romulan / Non-Aligned, the latter of which was his most recent deck.

Doug Hughes (gtdoug). Overall rating: 1489. World rank: 287.
Doug also plays in London, England. He was the 2004 UK National Champion. He has not won any of the 8 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 41% winning record in the 34 games he has played. He did not play in the last two European Championships. The only affiliation he has played this year is [Rom] Romulan.

Stuart Marsh (SAM2000). Overall rating: 1421. World rank: 487.
Stuart, who has only been playing Second Edition for a year, also plays in London, England. He has not won any of the 7 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 12% winning record in the 17 games he has played. He did not play in the last two European Championships. The affiliation he has played the most this year is [Dom] Dominion, followed by a tie between [Rom] Romulan and [SF] Starfleet. His most recent deck was [SF] Starfleet.

Daniel Giddings (Danny). Overall rating: 1389. World rank: 518.
Danny, who has been playing for 16 months, also plays in London, England. He has not won any of the 8 tournaments he has played in the Continuing Committee era, with a 22% winning record in the 23 games he has played. He did not play in the last two European Championships. The two affiliations he has played the most this year are [Kli] [TNG] Klingon / Next Generation and [Maq] Maquis. His most recent deck was [Maq] Maquis.

Stay up-to-date

Subject to a working Internet connection, I'll be posting regular updates from the weekend in the forums.

Next Week

A review of the action from this weekend's European Continental Championships.

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