From l.: Michael Zahradnik, Yoshihiro Suzuki, Kazutochi Miyake. Photo © A. Cosmo

STRASBOURG - Yoshihiro Suzuki from Japan is the winner of the Fifth Open European Mahjong Championship. The new European champion and successor of Ildikó Hargitai is Michael Zahradnik from Germany. Kazutochi Miyake from Japan won the third prize.


Chris Redmond from the UK, who was first runner-up after Day 2, did not do well on the final day and ended in eighth position. Michael Zahradnik, on the contrary, did quite well in the last three sessions and jumped from fourth to second position. Zahradnik is a really versatile player: he was also the runner-up during the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria. 

Hegemony of the Japanese: four players in the top-five

Within two weeks, also in France, we will no doubt witness the hegemony of the Japanese in the World Riichi Mahjong Championship. But also in Strasbourg, it was the Japanese who ruled, with no less than four players in the top-five. Next to winner Yoshihiro Suziki, these are Kazutochi Miyake (3), Koichi Oda (4) and Koji Idota (5). This is really amazing, and brings back memories of the first OEMC in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2005, when the Japanese held the first four places in the top-five. Only Michael Zahradnik from Germany succeeded in making it to the honorary stand, so he really deserves his newly acquired title of European champion.

Chinese

Also on the last day of the OEMC, the Chinese did not impress, although their best player, Wenying Yan jumped thirty places and just made it to the 30th place. Of the notorious Danes, Freddy Christiansen was the best, with his 19th place, two places before Frank Rostved.
The French, as expected, did better, with one player (Jérémie Barbet) in the top-ten (he ended in ninth position) and six more in the top-twenty. Remarkable was the fall of Chris Redmond from the UK, the number one of Day 1 and the first runner-up on Day 2. But his eighth position in the final ranking is still something to be very proud of. Apart from Michael Zahradnik, the German delegation was not very successful.
Martin Mauther fell from 7th to 17th position, but he was still the best Austrian player. Ildikó Hargitai from Hungary, the previous European champion, ended on 81st position. Best Hungarian in the ranking was Pal Halasz on 18. Also the Italians disappointed a bit. Stefano Rijoff did great and made it to the top-ten (he ended on sixth position), but the next Italian, Franceso Martini, only make it to the 32nd place.
Best Dutch player was Bert Claessen on 26th place. His fellow-countryman Ad van der Linden, who recently was very successful in various MERS 2 tournaments, ended as 77th.
The best Belgian player was Rudi Kopmanis on 64, after Caroline Kopmanis dropped from 27 to 65 on the final day.
Two Russians in the top-twenty: Vladimir Stepanov on 7, and Alla Danilevskaya on 13. Eduardo Amador was the best Spaniard (36th place). Kee Chung Low from Singapore just made it to the top-ten, but the best Swiss player, Luc Humbert, who ended on 29, is not yet the successor of former European champion Bo Lang. Finally, the Swedish: Annika Ridell was the best. She made it to 145th place – an advance of 52 places compared to Day 2, so she surely can be satisfied.

Up and down

The player who made the largest leap forward in the ranking on the final day, was Sébastien Roux from France. After Day 2, he was on 149th position, but he eventually ended on 43rd place – that’s 106 places forward. Steepest fall was made by his fellow-countrywoman Annabel Di Domenico: she went from 35th to 110 place, which means 75 places down.

Final Results of the Open European Mahjong Championship 2016 (MCR, MERS 5), Strasbourg 

Place First N Last N Nat. TP MP
1 Yoshihiro Suzuki JPN 37.0 1243
2 Michael Zahradnik GER 32.0 962
3 Kazutochi Miyake JPN 31.0 1348
4 Koichi Oda JPN 30.5 508
5 Koji Idota JPN 30.0 1166
6 Stefano Rijoff ITA 30.0 1048
7 Vladimir Stepanov RUS 30.0 967
8 Chris Redmond GBR 30.0 765
9 Jérémie Barbet FRA 29.0 739
10 Kee Chung Low SIN 29.0 538
11 Florine Leroy FRA 28.5 144
12 Kévin Toussaint FRA 28.0 669
13 Alla Danilevskaya RUS 28.0 301
14 Olivier Boivin FRA 27.0 862
15 Corine Di Domenico FRA 27.0 830
16 David Jourdain FRA 27.0 757
17 Martin Mauthner AUT 27.0 477
18 Pal Halasz HUN 27.0 143
19 Freddy Christiansen DEN 26.0 576
20 Laurent Mahe FRA 26.0 551
21 Frank Rostved DEN 26.0 483
22 Gabriele Sallmutter AUT 26.0 477
23 Vitaly Novikov RUS 26.0 436
24 Stéphanie Brun FRA 26.0 381
25 Thierry Bourgeois FRA 26.0 359
26 Bert Claessen NED 26.0 185
27 Shigeru Aono JPN 25.0 811
28 Neil Corne NED 25.0 636
29 Luc Humbert SUI 25.0 553
30 Wenying Yan CHN 25.0 505
31 Benoît Messi-Fouda FRA 25.0 437
32 Francesco Martini ITA 25.0 335
33 Nicolas Pochic FRA 25.0 328
34 Emma Guenel FRA 25.0 251
35 Elisabeth Frischenschlager AUT 25.0 -71
36 Eduardo Amador ESP 24.0 473
37 Caroline Arnaud FRA 24.0 405
38 Shi Hua Chen Kold DEN 24.0 292
39 Yaichiro Owaki JPN 24.0 240
40 Katsuyuki Onodera JPN 24.0 223
41 Morten Andersen DEN 24.0 215
42 Eric Preault FRA 23.0 475
43 Sébastien Roux FRA 23.0 429
44 Henrik Leth DEN 23.0 407
45 Guiying Wang CHN 23.0 321
46 Erika Gerdes GER 23.0 318
47 Michele Bollino ITA 23.0 288
48 Simon Fongue FRA 23.0 220
49 Alexander Doppelhofer AUT 23.0 187
50 Maria Barratault FRA 23.0 152
51 Frauke Roos GER 23.0 -5
52 Kenzo Tamakoshi JPN 23.0 -22
53 Joe-Calberso Huynh FRA 22.5 303
54 Désirée Heemskerk NED 22.5 285
55 Alessia Cosmo ITA 22.5 -27
56 Eti Aschenbrenner HUN 22.0 502
57 Fanette Laplagne FRA 22.0 489
58 Tina Christensen DEN 22.0 438
59 Natalia Chichigina RUS 22.0 413
60 Marco Montebelli ITA 22.0 408
61 Ludovic Brun FRA 22.0 391
62 Tatyana Nester RUS 22.0 328
63 Francesca Battaglini ITA 22.0 316
64 Rudi Kopmanis BEL 22.0 316
65 Caroline Kopmanis BEL 22.0 260
66 Anna Stepanova RUS 22.0 243
67 Peter Van Damme BEL 22.0 100
68 Jean-Claude Ugo FRA 22.0 89
69 Sandra Bondoin FRA 22.0 77
70 Apolline Draux FRA 22.0 12
71 Stefania Gori ITA 22.0 -157
72 Marco Foschi ITA 22.0 -177
73 Christian Enault FRA 21.5 -2
74 Jesper Nohr DEN 21.0 547
75 Leni Janssen NED 21.0 344
76 Magdolna Bogarne Nagy HUN 21.0 298
77 Ad Van Der Linden NED 21.0 269
78 Gérard Heche SUI 21.0 250
79 Marco Lorenzi ITA 21.0 182
80 Rui Machado POR 21.0 172
81 Ildiko Hargitai HUN 21.0 166
82 Elvira Kraxner AUT 21.0 137
83 Ombretta Tassinari ITA 21.0 109
84 Guenter Gintsberger AUT 21.0 94
85 Marco Bazzochi ITA 21.0 38
86 Natali Daniela ITA 21.0 2
87 Romain Herdier FRA 21.0 -2
88 Jonathan Costey FRA 21.0 -30
89 Wil Meijer-Kal NED 21.0 -42
90 Edwin Phua SIN 21.0 -57
91 Marco Milandri ITA 21.0 -92
92 Kenmin Cho JPN 21.0 -143
93 Antonio Ayllon ESP 20.5 328
94 Naotaka Kojima JPN 20.0 688
95 Monika Jenjahn GER 20.0 316
96 Catherine Xanthopoulos FRA 20.0 303
97 Fabrizio Ferri ITA 20.0 301
98 Serena Porrati ITA 20.0 215
99 Gerda Van Oorschot NED 20.0 70
100 Laurent Claudel FRA 20.0 10
101 Giuseppe Iacolino ITA 20.0 0
102 Eszter Varnai HUN 20.0 -32
103 Dagmar Fischer GER 20.0 -75
104 Irma Michiels BEL 20.0 -194
105 Marieke Verheyden BEL 19.5 442
106 Mei Hwa Felder SUI 19.5 171
107 Norbert Tschinkel AUT 19.0 180
108 Timea Imrene HUN 19.0 164
109 Danilo Serio ITA 19.0 109
110 Annabel Di Domenico FRA 19.0 74
111 Anastasia Chernykh RUS 19.0 20
112 Helene Boidin FRA 19.0 -51
113 Anthony Ea FRA 19.0 -272
114 Otto Myslivec AUT 18.5 -358
115 Yunmin Liu CHN 18.0 273
116 Nicolas Saunie FRA 18.0 44
117 Sonja Meulendijk NED 18.0 -12
118 Silke Bansemer GER 18.0 -51
119 Pauline Van Der Linden NED 18.0 -95
120 Jingxiu Liu CHN 18.0 -126
121 Andrey Chichigin RUS 18.0 -398
122 Pavel Anokhin RUS 17.5 -163
123 Yasuhiro Chiba JPN 17.0 222
124 Heike Schäfer GER 17.0 180
125 Marianne Croeze NED 17.0 55
126 Jérôme Bonifas FRA 17.0 47
127 Bingjn Ji CHN 17.0 18
128 Christel Bucher FRA 17.0 4
129 Sugako Suzuki JPN 17.0 -18
130 Dimphy Van Grinsven NED 17.0 -79
131 Tatiana Goptareva RUS 17.0 -139
132 Sven-Hendri Gutsche FRA 17.0 -169
133 Roman Nechaev RUS 17.0 -178
134 Aleksandr Babushkin RUS 17.0 -223
135 Benedetta Tesi ITA 17.0 -238
136 Yvonne Van Der Heide NED 17.0 -240
137 Loretta Pizzi ITA 17.0 -304
138 Samuel Tunez Heredia ESP 16.5 -93
139 Joël Ratsimandresy FRA 16.5 -265
140 Melanie Moreau FRA 16.0 -137
141 Vittorio Bassi ITA 16.0 -164
142 Mirjam Van Muijen NED 16.0 -211
143 Lars Therkelsen DEN 16.0 -251
144 Cyrille Rak FRA 16.0 -252
145 Annika Ridell SWE 16.0 -255
146 Ernest Glaser AUT 16.0 -283
147 Irina Ryzhanina RUS 16.0 -284
148 Miklos Imre HUN 16.0 -450
149 Ivan Maestre Ros ESP 16.0 -613
150 Agnès Montera FRA 15.5 -527
151 Xuying Wu CHN 15.0 76
152 Thérèse Roblin FRA 15.0 -15
153 Nadine Koenig GER 15.0 -51
154 Jose Moreno ESP 15.0 -234
155 Christiane D'Angelo FRA 15.0 -245
156 Frédérique Grondin FRA 15.0 -252
157 Kimito Kugimiya JPN 15.0 -259
158 Axel Eschenburg GER 15.0 -328
159 Quanbao Rui CHN 15.0 -336
160 Elena Ushakova RUS 15.0 -344
161 Eric Van Balkum NED 15.0 -363
162 Héctor Escaso Gil ESP 15.0 -398
163 Arslan Mandjiev RUS 15.0 -466
164 Robert Mueller GER 15.0 -485
165 Elmut Riegler AUT 14.0 -264
166 Bruno Manzo FRA 14.0 -289
167 Marta Rozsa Beri HUN 14.0 -308
168 Menno Van Lienden NED 14.0 -328
169 Eric Bonmalais FRA 14.0 -358
170 Diana Westdijk NED 14.0 -385
171 Tamara Panina RUS 14.0 -442
172 Wentao Zhu CAN 14.0 -584
173 Rafael Galdon Martinez ESP 14.0 -611
174 Ghislaine Payet FRA 14.0 -622
175 Doris Sallmutter AUT 14.0 -677
176 Yukari Kugimiya JPN 13.0 -329
177 Quentin Porcherot FRA 13.0 -361
178 Giusy Argentiero ITA 13.0 -522
179 Xinping Wang CHN 13.0 -567
180 Chunman Zhang CHN 13.0 -615
181 Cees Van Den Brink NED 12.0 -356
182 Ingrid Broeder NED 12.0 -401
183 Norbert Luckhardt GER 12.0 -548
184 Emelie Ostman SWE 12.0 -649
185 Annie Manzo FRA 12.0 -664
186 Galina Beliakova GER 12.0 -695
187 Luca Gavelli ITA 12.0 -856
188 Zeger De Jong NED 11.0 -284
189 Anneke Keyl NED 11.0 -421
190 Harry Kal NED 11.0 -426
191 Marjan Van Den Nieuw NED 11.0 -624
192 Angela Plebani ITA 11.0 -742
193 Carmen Valbuena ESP 11.0 -771
194 Chris Janssen NED 11.0 -794
195 Eveline Broers NED 11.0 -872
196 Koichi Miyake JPN 10.0 -785
197 Claes Schütt DEN 9.0 -828
198 Hua Zhong CAN 8.5 -855
199 Anton Kosters NED 8.0 -741
200 Johanna Bernkopf AUT 8.0 -878
201 Yaoguang Zi CHN 7.0 -793
202 Patrizia Buscarini ITA 6.5 -1302
203 Sheila Hansen DEN 6.0 -1360
204 Zishen Mou DEN 5.0 -1481

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