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Dear MECCG fans,

The 2002 MECCG World Championships will be held in Cologne/Koln, Germany 
during the weekend of Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 (Fri-Sun).  This will be the 3rd 
player-organized World Championships since the fall of ICE.  Congratulations 
to all supporters of MECCG for making this possible.  Come and celebrate 
this success with your fellow MECCG'ers.

Your 2002 Worlds Organizing Committee consists of:
Oliver Hoffmann - Cologne Liason (Housing and misc.): 
o.hofmann@Smail.Uni-Koeln.de
Wolfgang Penetsdorfer - European Liason: thorondor@gmx.at
Christoph Schuermann - Tournament Coordinator: khamul@dol-guldur.de
Christian Weichmann - Logistics (Venue, Housing, etc.) Coordinator: 
maksatan@gmx.de
Brian "No Cheeze" Wong - Non-European Liason, Consultant: 
briannocheeze@hotmail.com


The main event will follow the standard CoE format of:

Friday: Open Qualifier - Anyone not already prequalified for the semi-finals 
may play to try to earn a slot.  The actual number of semi-final slots 
available through the opens is to be determined (TBD).

Saturday: Semi-finals - Qualifiers from the Open along with attendees 
pre-qualified from their own Council championships/rankings (TBD by each 
individual council) and other CoE sanctioned events.  The number of slots 
each active country/council receives is based on the size of their player 
base:

North America: 4
Germany: 4
Netherlands: 2

All other countries listed below: 1
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Finland
France
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Philippines
Russia
Spain
U.K.

Reigning World Champion: 1
2001 European Championships: 2
2001 Benelux Open: 1
2001 Worlds organizers: 3
2001 European Championships organizers: 3

Sunday: Finals - The top 4 players from the semi-finals play a round-robin 
format to determine the 2002 MECCG World Champion.

Side Events:  There will be a variety of these over all 3 days.  Sealed deck 
and The Drinking Game will be among the favourites.  If there is something 
else you would like to participate in, please let your Worlds organizing 
committee know.

Entry Fee (does not include food and lodging): TBD but as low as possible.  
(aprox. $25 U.S.)  A separate bank account is being set up.  A PayPal 
account may also be added to allow for easier payment.  A web based 
registration form will be posted in the future for your convenience.

Housing and Food: Onsite and with local players.  Onsite lodging starts at 
aprox. 20EUR per night.  Individual rooms are available for more.  Food is 
available onsite as well as in the area.  Group dinner options are being 
arranged.  Some more information is available through:
The venue: http://www.gaestehaus-st-georg.de/
Tourist information: www.koeln.de

Updates will be posted as frequently as possible.  Please spread the word 
about this announcement.  We look forward to seeing you all in Cologne!

Yours,
Brian "No Cheeze" Wong
Proud member of The Guild of Crippled Masters

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