Sunday 19 April 2015

Cyrille Rak Cracks the Case as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong!

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LONDON 17 April 2015 - It was an unsolved mystery that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-eight detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers. Cyrille Rak solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding him 1st place as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong, followed by Konsta Lensu and Sylvain Malbec.

Congratulations also to Vitaly Novikov, author of the riddles and coordinator of the contest, for his most successful season of mysteries to date, and for a contest excellently done.

A special thanks also to Mahjongtime.com for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.

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A mahjong player with a poker face

wmc2010montebelliUTRECHT, the Netherlands - After one hour of playing mahjong, it is already rather warm in the venue where the World Mahjong Championship 2010 takes place. No wonder: over two hundred players are struggling and fighting to get the best scores. Around them circulate referees, officials, journalist or just curious by-standers. Outside it is still raining, but none of the players seem to care much.

Gong

The first gong was beaten at 09:00 a.m., after which the well-know sound of mahjong tiles being shuffled was heard for the first time. 

Jeroen Meijer, head of the organizing commitee, walks around with a big smile on his face. "Everything is going well", he beams. "I am so glad that everyone was on time, so we could start without any delay."

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T-shirt

Dutch player Adrie van Geffen tempts the organizers by wearing a Mahjong Time T-shirt . MJT is the competitor of eMahjong/Mahjong Logic, the main sponsor of the World Championship. “I have asked written permission to wear it”, Adrie says. “I got no formal reaction, but it seems to be all right.” Dan Glimne of Mahjong Logic, also present in the venue, does not have any problem with the T-shirt. “He can wear what he likes.”

Sunglasses

Also much discussed: the sunglasses of Italian player Marco Montebelli. When you see him, he looks more than a poker player than a mahjong player.
Head referee Robert Rijnders is not exactly pleased with the sunglasses. “But, until now, we have had no complaints. If other players will do so, we will have to consider what to do with it. He seems to wear them in every tournament. But I think it is very close to what is allowed."


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