January 2018 Anniversaries

Here are the January 2018 judge anniversaries!

15 years

Rachel Gilbey from Middx, England
Ji Liu from Beijing, China
Ian Turner from Plymouth, England
Carlos Ho from Panama, Panama
Ezekiel Davis from belleville, United States
Cristiana Dionisio from Frosinone, Italy
Justin Miyashiro from Fort Collins, United States
Martin Golm from Dresden, Germany
Takumi Yamamoto from Yasugi-shi, Japan

10 years

Greg Degi from Ft Collins, Colorado, United States
Jorge Lopez Morales from Mexico City, Mexico
Kevin Binswanger from Austin, Texas, United States
Mario Alexander De La Carrera from Santiago, Chile
Daniel Yarrington from Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Tameron Josbeck from Sunderland, Massachusetts, United States

5 years

Xiaoping Peng from chongqing, China
Benjamin Stark from Denver, Colorado, United States
Eric Pigeon from Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Zane Mitchell from Temecula, California, United States
Gus Landt from Denton, Texas, United States
Alec Pitzer from Poway, California, United States
Yunfei Jiang from Austin, Texas, United States
Robert Riley from Portland, Oregon, United States
David Spada from Savignano sul rubicone, Italy
Martin Goulet from Niagara Falls, Canada
Jinda Soungpanya from Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Aaron Huntsman from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Tyler Hickox from Davis, California, United States
Xinliang Zhan from Xiamen, China
Warrick Goodhew from darwin, Australia
Jake Quintana from Taos, New Mexico, United States
Andrew Hougard from Bemidji, Minnesota, United States
Tony Pagliocco from Renton, Washington, United States
Stacy Winchell from Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Simone Debellario from Albavilla, Italy
Brian Ruble from Monrovia, California, United States
Morgan Wentworth from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Joshua Schaeffer from Arlington, Virginia, United States
Matias Gonzalez from Talcahuano, Chile
Steven Lundberg from Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Maximilian Kuntze from Hannover, Germany
Josh Wilhelmi from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Evan Wright from Bakersfield, California, United States
Barrett Kroeger from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Matthew Hall from Portland, Oregon, United States
Damian Bronowicki from Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland
Kevin Barron from Cary, North Carolina, United States
Alexander Hawksley from Bakersfield, California, United States
Michael Hill from Toronto, Canada
Jamie Syed from Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Vilhelm Lindholm from Turku, Finland
Joe M from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Christopher Heskett from Columbia, Missouri, United States
Huw Morris from Oxford, United Kingdom
Tomasz Pakieła from Warszawa, Poland
Nathan Cotner from Columbia, Missouri, United States
David Patton from charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Charles Curfman from Longmont, Colorado, United States
shuta tsuboyama from aichi, Japan
Simon Ahrens from Roßwein, Germany
Kusatani Takehiko from tatuno, Japan
Sébastien Morel from Lys-Lez-Lannoy, France
Francois Pawlaczyk from Mouscron Belgium, Belgium
Austin Meshel-Haun from San Francisco, California, United States
Iván Pérez from Pamplona, Spain
Jasper König from Duisburg, Germany
shawn houston from Hutchinson, Alabama, United States
Ray Pena from Reno, Nevada, United States
Rami Abdo from Nicosia, Cyprus
Brian McAtee from Hawthorne, California, United States
Yasunori Baba from Osaka, Japan
Steven Curl from Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
Sebastian Park from San Francisco, California, United States
Thomas Lando from Chico, California, United States
Francisco Ayrolo from Córdoba, Argentina
Jeremy Toma-Cooper from Charlotte , North Carolina, United States
Takuya Sugiura from tokyo, Japan
Michael Peretz from Spartanburg , South Carolina, United States
Tiago Correia from S. Pedro do Sul, Portugal
Francisco Javier Muñoz Cortes-Monroy from Talca, Chile
Lochlan McIntosh from Beaverton, Oregon, United States
Joshua Deming from Rockford, Illinois, United States
Victor Bernhardtz from Farsta, Sweden
José Manuel Cruz from Talca, Chile
Andrea Mondani from Pistoia, Italy
John Byrne from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States
Ashley Puhlman from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States
Shane Dugan from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States
Allan Tran from philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Alexander Pilipenko from Kiev, Ukraine
Doug Lunn from Westminster, Colorado, United States
John White from Watauga, Texas, United States
Travis Traxler from Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Antonio José Bitarian from Cravinhos, Brazil
nathan moneymaker from midlothian, Virginia, United States
Josh Brubaker from Gladwin, Michigan, United States
Miguel Serra Sard from Palma de Mallorca , Spain
Chris Parham from Pasadena, California, United States
Corbett Gray from Seattle, Washington, United States
Zachary Fitzgerald from Burlington, North Carolina, United States
Gabriel Schlittenhardt from Heidelberg, Germany
Ryan Nightingale from Toronto, Canada
Michael Ranton from Belton, Missouri, United States
Uy Tran from Corona, California, United States
David Carroll from Hurst, Texas, United States
Marcel Kondrk from Bratislava, Slovakia
Alex de Bruijne from Vlissingen, Netherlands
Raian Chaves from Fortaleza, Brazil
Arron Thompson from Guildford, United Kingdom
Jethro Harrup from stroud, United Kingdom
Christopher Conley from Clovis, New Mexico, United States
Josh Stothers from Westland, Michigan, United States
William Seymour from Coventry, United Kingdom
Gabriel Ščerbák from Bratislava, Slovakia
Douglas Lambert from Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Jon Chung from Savannah, Georgia, United States
Bas de Vaan from Riethoven, Netherlands
Michele Lo Conte from Guildford, United Kingdom
Fredrik Herlitz from Malmö, Sweden
Tristan Lebon from Eindhoven, Netherlands
Brian Rapp from Columbus, Ohio, United States
Dimmy Magalhães from Teresina, Brazil
Jonathon Williams from Lake City, Florida, United States
Guillaume Cailliez from Chateauroux, France
Jason Chung from Auckland, New Zealand
Jason Clark from Penticton, Canada
José Luis Rofa from Madrid y Sevilla, Spain
Mark Bush from San Jose, California, United States
Ronald Capalongan from San Jose , California, United States
Adam Yount from Rolla, Missouri, United States
David Söderlund from Oxie, Sweden
Davis La from San Jose, California, United States
Alexander Korobkin from Moscow, Russia
Ali Merali from Croydon, United Kingdom

Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work!



This month we are featuring Simon Ahrens and Alex de Bruijne! First, Simon’s RC, Stefan, has this to as about his anniversary:

I’m very happy to announce Simon Ahren’s 5-year anniversary this month. What he has achieved during that time is nothing short of amazing. A bit more than two years ago, Simon came up with the idea to implement an Area Captain structure in our region, and then helped make his bold plan reality. The ACs are now well established as the region’s leadership, and when I took over the mantle of RC, I had a functioning support network in place, making the transition so much easier.

However, that’s not the only big achievement of Simon—he also helped introduce and shape the L2 mentoring project in our region. Interested L1s can now be mentored remotely in a series of 2-on-2 Skype sessions, where they prepare for their life as L2 judges. The project is a huge success: the L2 exam pass rate has gone up significantly, and we are only beginning to see the long-term beneficial effects of good training. Since then, many other countries have adapted the recipe and implemented it in their region, most notably France. A while ago, Simon stepped back from his leadership duties as AC and in the L2 project for the birth of his son, and I’m happy that he is back, supporting the region (and me!) with his insight and diligence. Here’s to many more years!



Next we have Alex:

Alex has been a main-stay at the European Grand Prix circuit for a while and has really found his role there, but as with many of these kind of judges the question is; how did this come to pass?

For that I send an inquiry to the judge who certified him for L1, Anniek van der Peijl. This is what her memory brought up:

I certified Alex during that time when we were pushing to have a judge in every store. De Burcht in Middelburg was my old LGS from when I lived there, so I had a chat with the owner, Christopher, about this judge-in-every-store thing. Initially he volunteered himself, but after some time it became clear that he was simply too busy. So who else would be a suitable candidate? We both knew Alex to be a reliable guy with lots of play experience under his belt. We’d all played since ‘back in the day’ when there was no LGS and Magic happened at the local library on Friday afternoons.

Alex was not the most excited candidate I ever met. I think he did it mostly for the local community, and because he was already showing up to every FNM anyway. I certified him, and he went about doing exactly that, running the FNMs and not much else. That is, until the store in Bergen op Zoom (a city two towns over) had an emergency: they didn’t have a head judge for their competitive event, and were close to cancelling it. Alex responded to that bat signal, judged his first Comp. REL event as the head judge of said event with minimal prep time, and the result was this report.

Most important quote: “I did not expect this to be my thing, but it is! I felt very happy and content with helping others and learning from this event. I’ll definitely try to get a judge spot at the next PTQ in my neighbourhood, and I’ll even try my luck for the GP Utrecht.”

The rest is pretty much history. I’m extremely proud of this ‘happy accident’, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him. To many more years!

As we all know, that’s only part of the story. Anniek certified him for L1, but Dustin had the honour of certifying Alex for L2, so there’s a story there too:

Alex has a history of volunteer work in his local community, and is a proven force behind many charities and local clubs. Despite that, he still manages to make time for judging, and frequently brings his wife along on a city trip. His sheer enthusiasm and sincere joy make it a pleasure to see him at any event.

After Alex’s first PPTQ, he quickly started judging more and more Competitive events, both in the Netherlands and in Belgium. He became a regular face at the Dutch Open Series, soon completed his L2 checklist and thus we scheduled a date for his exam. I was happy to see him pass it with flying colours.

At the Grand Prix level, Alex really enjoys the challenges, and now has become one of the European Special Ops Leads, which suits his logistical expertise and constant need for new approaches to problems.

I look forward to many more events in the near future!

Anyways, when thinking of Alex de Bruijne, I’ll always think of someone with a huge smile and a ‘can-do’-attitude, which I’m happy to play Tichu with.

Happy anniversary to all of you!  We look forward to many more years of judging from you all.

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