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LDL Marauders:
Who's In, Who's Not (And Why)

by Jens Kreutzer


All of this information can be found on the WD 2001/02 webpage in the Special section, but it's nice to have it in a neat printable format as well (or so I thought). Therefore, here is an overview about who is playing in LDL Marauders, and how they earned that right.

The Championships have three rounds: The Qualifier round, Round One proper, and then the Finals. To become world champion, you first need to be qualified for taking part in the championship at all. Some players were already prequalified from previous tournaments. These are:

The Top 3 from World Domination 1999
1. Byron Bailey (USA)
2. Richard Cripe (USA)
3. Ocke Rorden (GER)

The Top 3 from the American Nationals 1999
[#1 already qualified in WD 1999 Finals]
2. Jason Erdmann (USA)
3. David gYogih Ugorek (USA)
4. Chris Johnson (USA)
4. Rob Konitzer (USA)

The Top 3 from the French Nationals 1999
(prequalified for WD 2000 which never happened)
1. Patrice Gross (FRA)
2. Frederic Vasseur (FRA)
3. Florent Jeudon (FRA)

The Top 3 from the German Nationals 1999
(prequalified for WD 2000 which never happened)
1. Daniel Schneider (GER)
2. Thorsten Kootz (GER)
3. Peter Dringautzki (GER)

The reigning South German Regional Champion (1999)
1. Lukas Kautzsch (GER)
Note: Lukas also coordinated the last WD championship.

The Top 3 from the European Championships 2000
[#1 already qualified in French Nationals 1999]
2. Stephane Toupart (FRA)
3. Rik Geysels (NL)
4. Yannick Mescam (FRA)

The Top 3 from the French Nationals 2000
[#1 already qualified in Euro 2000]
2. Olivier Flament (FRA)
3. Gabriel Burkhard (SWI)
[#4 already qualified in Euro 2000]
5. Remy Berenguer (FRA)

The Top 3 from the German Nationals 2000
1. Roland Schediwy (GER)
2. Holger Janssen (GER)
3. Erwin Wagner (GER)

The Top 3 from the UK Nationals 2000
1. Philip Harvey (UK)
2. Joe Godbehere (UK)
3. Paul Grogan (UK)

All players that were not prequalified could enter into a qualifier tournament to qualify. Depending on the number of participants, one or more players would earn the right to take part in WD Round One. Unlike with the prequalified players, if somebody dropped out for some reason or another (like being already prequalified), the next player on the line would get that playerfs slot. Here is a list of all qualifier tournaments in the world and of the qualificants:

2 September - Sapporo, Japan (8 players)
1. Masayasu Takano (JAP)
[#2 has dropped]
3. Makoto Kouyama (JAP)

9 September - Atlanta, USA (9 players)
1. Graham Coleman (USA)
2. Ian Port (USA)

15 September - Tokyo, Japan (12 players)
1. Fumiyoshi Nagashima (JAP)
2. Sadato Kato (JAP)
3. Muneki Tada (JAP)

16 September - Brussels, Belgium (13 players)
1. Yannick Mescam [prequalified]
2. Yves Savonet (BEL)
3. Frederic Chorein (FRA)
4. Gilles Delcourt (BEL)

16 September - Hatfield, U. K. (6 players)
1. Philip Harvey [prequalified]
2. Mark Applin (UK)

16 September - Ottawa, Canada (4 players)
[#1&2 canft participate in the next round and so dropped]
3. Sean Harvey (CAN)

16 September - Seattle, USA (6 players)
1. Byron Bailey [prequalified]
2. Byron gNealh Massey (USA)

22 September - Karlsruhe, Germany (9 players)
1. Dieter Geulen (GER)
2. Holger Janssen [prequalified]
3. Lukas Kautzsch [prequalified]
4. Michael Nock (GER)

6 October - Houston, USA (4 players)
1. Scott Berger (USA)

7 October - Paris, France (10 players)
1. Wilfred Ranque (FRA)
2. Gabriel Nassif (FRA)

This means that the following players are eligible for playing World Domination Round One. Key to the table: *=confirmed intention to compete; #=dropouts.

*1. Mark Applin (UK)
*2. Byron Bailey (prequalified) (USA)
*3. Remy Berenguer (prequalified) (FRA)
*4. Scott Berger (USA)
*5. Gabriel Burkhard (prequalified) (SWI)
*6. Frederic Chorein (FRA)
*7. Graham Coleman (USA)
*8. Richard Cripe (prequalified) (USA)
*9. Gilles Delcourt (BEL)
#10. Peter Dringautzky (prequalified) (GER)
*11. Jason Erdmann (prequalified) (USA)
*12. Olivier Flament (prequalified) (FRA)
*13. Dieter Geulen (GER)
*14. Rik Geysels (prequalified) (NL)
#15. Joe Godbehere (prequalified) (UK)
*16. Paul Grogan (prequalified) (UK)
*17. Patrice Gross (prequalified) (FRA)
*18. Philip Harvey (prequalified) (UK)
*19. Sean Harvey (CAN)
*20. Holger Janssen (prequalified) (GER)
*21. Florent Jeudon (prequalified) (FRA)
#22. Chris Johnson (prequalified) (USA)
*23. Sadato Kato (JAP)
*24. Lukas Kautzsch (prequalified) (GER)
#25. Rob Konitzer (prequalified) (USA)
*26. Thorsten Kootz (prequalified) (GER)
*27. Makoto Kouyama (JAP)
*28. Byron "Neal" Massey (USA)
*29. Yannick Mescam (prequalified) (FRA)
*30. Fumiyoshi Nagashima (JAP)
*31. Gabriel Nassif (FRA)
#32. Michael Nock (GER)
*33. Ian Port (USA)
*34. Wilfred Ranque (FRA)
*35. Ocke Rorden (prequalified) (GER)
*36. Yves Savonet (BEL)
*37. Roland Schediwy (prequalified) (GER)
*38. Daniel Schneider (prequalified) (GER)
*39. Muneki Tada (JAP)
*40. Masayasu Takano (JAP)
#41. Stephane Toupart (prequalified) (FRA)
*42. David "Yogi" Ugorek (prequalified) (USA)
*43. Frederic Vasseur (prequalified) (FRA)
*44. Erwin Wagner (prequalified) (GER)

Of these, some have already played in a meatspace tournament, others have dropped out of the tournament for various reasons. The remaining players will battle it out in cyberspace, on IRC. Come and watch!

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