Monday 22 December 2014

Happy Christmas from the Weitzs and Mahjong News!   

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KIRKLAND, Quebec (Canada) - Even though their Christmas Card has to travel all the way from Canada to Holland, Allan and Lila Weitz never fail, like Santa. For years, they have been the first to get their Christmas card in the postbox of Mahjong News. And then, we mean a real postbox, not a digital one.

Allan and his wife Lila Weitz are long time collectors of mahjong sets. They always picture themselves on the card they send their numerous friends, in Canada and world wide. E.g. last year, we saw them shopping and wearing T-shirts with the text ‘Mah-Jongg Sets Wanted’. This year, they pose behind some of their most beautiful mah-jongg cases.

Thank you so much for your faithful Season’s Greetings, Lila and Allan. Mahjong News seizes the opportunity to share your pretty card with all mahjong friends on the globe who are the visitors of the Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Last Ju of Chengdu 2007

 

For the first time in two years, the international mahjong scene will see world champion Li-Li back. He won his title during the World Mahjong Championship 2007 in Chengdu, China. The final of the WMC was a great party for the student of Tsinghua university in Beijing. Mobbed by his friends and other mahjong players, he shook hands with everybody who was standing near to him, and many players had his picture taken, preferably with themselves standing next to the new world champion. Yet, the final of ‘Chengdu 2007’ was a strange one. Not all of his competitors agreed with the course of events. Mahjong News reconstructs what happened.


Press and public

CHENGDU - After seven ju (sessions), Minuri Imaeda from Japan was number one in the general classification of the World Mahjong Championship in E’mei Shan. The best sixteen players of the tournament were allowed to play in the eighth and final ju, and they could take their table points and mini-points with them.

 

Amongst the happy sixteen players were ten Chinese:

  • Zhang Bo,
  • Song Panjing,
  • Wang Yanhuang,
  • Huang Shufu,      
  • Gao Jun,
  • Jiao Linghua,
  • Zhang Bingcheng,
  • Ni Haiting,
  • Zhang Zhangfei, and
  • Li Li.

There were five Japanese:

  • Masato Chiba,
  • Yuri Teduka,
  • Yoshinori Kato,
  • Kazutoshi Iwasawa, and
  • Minuri Imaeda.

And, surprisingly, one player from the Netherlands, Désirée Heemskerk. Although a strong player, Désirée had had a disappointing result at the second European Championship in 2007 in Copenhagen, where she became 127th, out of 136 competitors.
The Danes looked the best candidates for the final of the WMC, but their European champion, Martin Wedel Jacobsen, reached only to the 27th place in E’mei Shan. After Ms. Heemskerk and French Laurent Mahé - he ended on 17th position - Martin was the first European player, though.


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