Regional Coordinators

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Tasks of Regional Coordinators

  • Provide a regional person whom judges can contact with for questions about the judge program.
  • Provide a regional resource for organizers and distributors seeking judges for events.
  • Provide the region with a spokesman to the program leadership.
  • Provide a leader for whom the program can use to communicate to judges in the region.
  • Providing assistance to WotC or Distributors' representatives for major tournaments within their area.
  • Involved in player investigations in their region.
  • Consulted on serious matters regarding judges in their area.
  • Consulting them about sponsorships of deserving judges.
  • Proactive recruitment of rules advisors into judges.
  • Major event and conference support for judge training.
  • Assisting in recognition of judge efforts in their region.
  • Helping L1 judges gain experience and skill to advance to Level 2.
  • Report on major events in their region.
  • Involvement in the certification process during GPs
  • Mediate and help in conflicts in their region involving judges and/or Tournament Organizers.
  • Foster acquisition of new L1 judges.
  • Cooperate and coordinate tasks with L3s in their region.
  • Provide assistance with the L3 Advancement process by evaluating the self-reviews provided by L3 candidates, creating L3 Assessment Exams, and advising the L4s about potential L3 candidates.

Contacting a Regional Coordinator

To contact a Regional Coordinator, please use this form:


North America


Regional Coordinator: Gavin Duggan
Countries: Canada


Regional Coordinator: Riki Hayashi
States: Alaska, Colorado (effective Jan. 1, 2013), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming


Regional Coordinator: David Zimet
States: Arizona, California, Nevada


Regional Coordinator: Steven Briggs
States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin


Regional Coordinator: Kevin Binswanger
States: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas


Regional Coordinator: Shawn Doherty
States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont


Regional Coordinator: Nicholas Sabin
States: District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Regional Coordinator: Justin Turner
States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina
Countries: Barbados, Puerto Rico (shared with Adrian Estoup)

See also the map.

Central and South America

Latin America-Spanish

Regional Coordinator: Adrian Estoup
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela


Regional Coordinator: Thales Bittencourt
Countries: Brazil



Regional Coordinator: Richard Drijvers
Countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

German speaking countries

Regional Coordinator: Michael Wiese
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland


Regional Coordinator: Giorgos Trichopoulos
Countries: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey


Regional Coordinator: Sebastian Pękala
Countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic


Regional Coordinator: Johanna Virtanen
Countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden


Regional Coordinator: Guillaume Beuzelin
Countries: France

Italy & Malta

Regional Coordinator: Cristiana Dionisio
Countries: Italy, Malta

Russia & Russian speaking countries

Regional Coordinator: Eugene Bazhenov
Countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine

Spain & Portugal

Regional Coordinator: Alfonso Bueno
Countries: Portugal, Spain

United Kingdom, Ireland & South Africa

Regional Coordinator: David Lyford-Smith
Countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa



Regional Coordinator: Edwin Zhang
Countries & regions: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea


Regional Coordinator: Mitsunori Makino
Countries: Japan

South East Asia

Regional Coordinator: Wearn Chong
Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand


Australia & New Zealand

Regional Coordinator: Nathan Brewer
Countries: Australia, New Zealand

Countries alphabetically

Country Region Coordinator
Albania Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Argentina Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Australia Australia & New Zealand Nathan Brewer
Austria German speaking countries Michael Wiese
Barbados Russia & Russian speaking countries Eugene Bazhenov
Belarus USA-SouthEast Justin Turner
Belgium BeNeLux Richard Drijvers
Bolivia Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Bosnia Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Brazil Brazil Thales Bittencourt
Bulgaria Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Canada Canada Gavin Duggan
Chile Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
China China Edwin Zhang
Colombia Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Costa Rica Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Croatia Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Cyprus Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Czech Republic Europe-Mid-East Sebastian Pekala
Denmark Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Dominican Republic Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Ecuador Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
El Salvador Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Estonia Europe-North Johanne Virtanen
Finland Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
France France Guillaume Beuzelin
Germany German speaking countries Michael Wiese
Greece Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Guatemala Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Honduras Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Hong Kong China Edwin Zhang
Hungary Europe-Mid-East Sebastian Pekala
Iceland Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Indonesia South East Asia Wearn Chong
Ireland United Kingdom, Ireland & South Africa David Lyford-Smith
Israel Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Italy Italy & Malta Cristiana Dionisio
Japan Japan Mitsunori Makino
Kazakhstan Russia & Russian speaking countries Eugene Bazhenov
Latvia Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Lithuania Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Luxembourg BeNeLux Richard Drijvers
Macedonia Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Malaysia South East Asia Wearn Chong
Malta Italy & Malta Cristiana Dionisio
Mexico Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Montenegro Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Netherlands BeNeLux Richard Drijvers
New Zealand Australia & New Zealand Nathan Brewer
Nicaragua Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Norway Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Panama Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Paraguay Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Peru Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Philippines South East Asia Wearn Chong
Poland Europe-Mid-East Sebastian Pekala
Portugal Spain & Portugal Alfonso Bueno
Puerto Rico Latin America-Spanish / USA-SouthEast Adrian Estoup and Justin Turner
Romania Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Russia Russia & Russian speaking countries Eugene Bazhenov
Serbia Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Singapore South East Asia Wearn Chong
Slovak Republic Europe-Mid-East Sebastian Pekala
Slovenia Europe-East George Trichopoulos
South Africa United Kingdom, Ireland & South Africa David Lyford-Smith
South Korea China Edwin Zhang
Spain Spain & Portugal Alfonso Bueno
Sweden Europe-North Johanna Virtanen
Switzerland German speaking countries Michael Wiese
Taiwan China Edwin Zhang
Thailand South East Asia Wearn Chong
Turkey Europe-East George Trichopoulos
Ukraine Russia & Russian speaking countries Eugene Bazhenov
United Kingdom United Kingdom, Ireland & South Africa David Lyford-Smith
Unites States see below various
Uruguay Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup
Venezuela Latin America-Spanish Adrian Estoup

US states

See also the map.

State/Territory Region Coordinator
Alabama SouthEast Justin Turner
Alaska NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Arizona SouthWest David Zimet
Arkansas South Kevin Binswanger
California SouthWest David Zimet
Colorado NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Connecticut NorthEast Shawn Doherty
Delaware NorthEast Shawn Doherty
District of Columbia MidAtlantic Nicholas Sabin
Florida SouthEast Justin Turner
Georgia SouthEast Justin Turner
Guam NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Hawaii NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Idaho NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Illinois MidWest Steven Briggs
Indiana MidWest Steven Briggs
Iowa MidWest Steven Briggs
Kansas South Kevin Binswanger
Kentucky MidWest Steven Briggs
Louisiana South Kevin Binswanger
Maine NorthEast Shawn Doherty
Maryland MidAtlantic Nicholas Sabin
Massachusetts NorthEast Shawn Doherty
Michigan MidWest Steven Briggs
Minnesota MidWest Steven Briggs
Mississippi SouthEast Justin Turner
Missouri MidWest Steven Briggs
Montana NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Nebraska MidWest Steven Briggs
Nevada SouthWest David Zimet
New Hampshire NorthEast Shawn Doherty
New Jersey NorthEast Shawn Doherty
New Mexico South Kevin Binswanger
New York NorthEast Shawn Doherty
North Carolina SouthEast Nicholas Sabin
North Dakota MidWest Steven Briggs
Ohio MidWest Steven Briggs
Oklahoma South Kevin Binswanger
Oregon NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Pennsylvania NorthEast Shawn Doherty
Rhode Island NorthEast Shawn Doherty
South Carolina SouthEast Justin Turner
South Dakota MidWest Steven Briggs
Tennessee MidAtlantic Nicholas Sabin
Texas South Kevin Binswanger
Utah NorthWest Riki Hayashi
Vermont NorthEast Shawn Doherty
Virginia MidAtlantic Nicholas Sabin
Washington NorthWest Riki Hayashi
West Virginia MidAtlantic Nicholas Sabin
Wisconsin MidWest Steven Briggs
Wyoming South Riki Hayashi

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