Thomas Kragh, playing in the ECR 2008.

HANOVER, Germany - Denmark has a new mahjong champion! Last year, in Copenhagen, Martin Wedel Jacobsen was crowned as the European Champion Mahjong Competition Rules. Just one year later, another Dane won a European title, which means that Denmark really can be called Mahjong Country Number 1 of Europe. 

Danish player Thomas Kragh is the great winner of the first European Riichi Mahjong Championship. Mr. Kragh ruled during the whole tournament. His endscore was 196,900. Mr. Benjamin Boas from the USA was the runner-up (147,300 pts), third place was for Mrs. Ping Song from China (129,400). The prize for the best MahjongTime player was for Chris Scheffler (‘Dragontwo’) from the Netherlands. In the final classification, he ended on the 8th position.

This first international riichi championship was organized by Riichi Mahjong the Netherlands (i.e. Sjef Strik and Martin Rep), in cooperation with the German Mahjong League DMJL, particularly the active Hanover mahjong club. Eighty players from eleven countries participated in the succesful event.

In his opening speech, Martin Rep remembered Mr. Frans Roquas from the Netherlands, who recently passed away. Frans was the great inspirator of riichi mahjong in the Netherlands.

 

Pictures of the championship on Flickr.com

 

Final results of the European Riichi Championship 2008 (Riichi, MERS 5), Hanover, Germany

 

Place First N Last N Nat Points
1 Thomas Kragh DEN 196900
2 Benjamin Boas USA 147300
3 Ping Song CHN 129400
4 Tomonori Shirakawa JPN 120700
5 Ian Fraser UK 112200
6 Kim Iversen DEN 111500
7 Garthe Nelson USA 101800
8 Chris Scheffler NDL 91300
9 Janco Onnink NDL 90700
10 Gerda van Oorschot NDL 86800
11 Mikko Snygg FIN 81700
12 Gertjan Davies NDL 81500
13 Freddy Christiansen DEN 79500
14 Kimito Kugimiya JPN 77800
15 Robert Rijnders NDL 76600
16 Gerard Strik NDL 74800
17 Masato Chiba JPN 71700
18 Tom Mustonen FIN 67300
19 Ma Yongliang CHN 66500
20 Robert B. Jensen DEN 65100
21 Jesper Willemoes Hansen DEN 55900
22 Marianne Croeze NDL 48600
23 Shigekazu Moriyama JPN 48200
24 Désirée Heemskerk NDL 47800
25 Ton Rijnders NDL 37700
26 Silke Bansemer GER 33200
27 Bjorn Schulz GER 32000
28 Ingrid Broeder NDL 26900
29 Henrik Leth DEN 24000
30 Mark Chizhenok RUS 23900
31 Paula Pereira Gomes POR 23500
32 Lars Therkelsen DEN 19900
33 Claes Schütt DEN 19000
34 Anders Labich DEN 16300
35 Richard Stöckeman GER 9200
36 Yukari Kugimiya JPN 9200
37 Henrik Krogh Nielsen DEN 8200
38 Ilka Stummeyer GER 7500
40 Peter Langford UK 5000
41 Eveline Broers NDL 5000
42 Ans Hoogland NDL 4700
43 Jenn Barr USA 4600
44 Stanislav Petrov RUS -4900
45 Heikki Venhola FIN -8000
46 Frauke Roos GER -8100
47 Dagmar Fisher GER -9800
48 Alexander Doppelhofer AUT -11800
49 Jeppe Stig Nielsen DEN -12600
50 Stefanie Duhme GER -13000
51 Yvonne van der Heide NDL -19500
52 Hannu Pajula FIN -20100
53 Sylvain Malbec FRA -25600
54 Sohana Ma Prem NDL -25900
55 Hiroyasu Mizuno JPN -27400
56 Michael Zahradnik GER -27500
57 Martin Wedel Jacobsen DEN -30700
58 Botond Kis AUT -37300
59 Tina Christensen DEN -40300
60 Marjan Demmer NDL -40600
61 Dicky Rep NDL -42600
62 Conny Scheffler NDL -47900
63 Dimphy van Grinsven NDL -59000
64 Klaus Karki FIN -64000
65 Marko Loven FIN -64100
66 Nadine König GER -72400
67 Shuko Moriyama JPN -76000
68 Nils Mayerhofer AUT -77300
69 Jaap Croeze NDL -78000
70 Janne Raevaara FIN -92300
71 Gemma Collinge UK -93400
72 Maurice Demmer NDL -97500
73 Cor Hoogland NDL -98400
74 Rafael Hobbiger AUT -110300
75 Juho Pakarinen FIN -130300
76 Paul Beneder AUT -134800
78 Benoît Messi-Fouda FRA -177500
79 Marianne Strik NDL -186100
80 Wolfgang Franke GER -223000

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    Where was the venue in Hannover?

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    In the ‘Freizeitheim Linden' in the Windheim street.

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