April 2011 Anniversaries


It’s time for another round of judge anniversaries. The following
judges have been with the program for 10 or 5 years:

10 years:

Puripat Chumtham, Bangkok, Thailand
Felipe Fernandez, Santiago, Chile

5 years:

Maxim  Antipov, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Klaus-Michael Bredt, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfale, Germany
Ricardo Guerra, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon – NL, Mexico
Manuel Francisco Martin Devesa, Malaga, Spain
Shaun Mack,  Bristol, Tennessee, United States
Milan Kosek, Prague 5, Czech Republic

Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for your hard work!

Our featured judge this month is Maxim Antipov from Spain. Regional coordinator Alfonso Bueno writes:

“I can still remember the day when a guy showed up during GP Barcelona 2006 asking how to become a judge.  Who would have thought that he would become one of the most active L2s in Spain?  He has been taking care of most of the northern reaches of Spain.  He coordinated the Spanish judge conference in 2010.  He’s Maxim Antipov, also known as the Russian-Basque, as he’s from Russian and Basque (a region in Spain) descent.  That also explains the not-so-Spanish name.

Nowadays Max has made himself known around Europe, frequently seen at GPs and PTs.  But his most important work is done at home, where he takes care of the Spanish Judge Forum (together with other judges, of course), helps running the Eternal leagues in his area, helps TOs and players, and dedicates lots of efforts to mentoring and motivating new judges.  Magic is not the only game he has a passion for, as he actually started competing at chess, and helped running chess competitions before he ended up judging Magic events!  Currently, he’s still active in this, spending time teaching children how to play chess.”

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