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Mathieu Chambe Takes Puteaux

(left to right) Sven-Hendrik Gutsche (2nd), Mathieu Chambe (1st), Chaolei Chen (3rd) (Photo credit: Karolina Trepinska)

PUTEAUX, France - Mathieu Chambe, finalist at the "French Riichi Open 2017" last June, wins the "Tri Nitro Tournament 2017" (RERS1), scoring 93,000 points. Runner-up is Sven-Hendrik Gutsche with 90,300 points, and Chaolei Chen claims third place, scoring 81,900 points.

Newcomer Krisztian Deak Dominates Vienna Open

(left to right) Alexander Doppelhofer (3rd), Kristzian Deak (1st), Matthias Reich-Rohrwig (3rd) (Photo credit: Roman Ollinger)

VIENNA, Austria - An all Austrian podium at the "Vienna Open Riichi Tournament 2017" (RERS1). Newcomer Krisztian Deak, who dominated the ranking on the first day, takes home the gold scoring 169,800 points. Runner-up is Matthias Reich-Rohrwig, with 151,800 points and in third place comes Alexander Doppelhofer with 91,000 points. Both Reich-Rohrwig and Doppelhofer displayed excellent performances on the second day, which catapulted them into the top-3. 

Taka Teshima Again Victorious in Copenhagen

(left to right) Sheila Hansen (2nd), Taka Teshima (1st), Isabel Steenholm (3rd) (Photo credit: Tina Christensen)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The top-3 of the "Riichi Open Danish Championship 2017" (RERS2) looks very similar to the one of the 2016 edition. Last year's winner Taka Teshima is again victorious, scoring 132,800 points. Second place goes to Sheila Hansen with 127,300 points, and the runner-up of the previous edition, Isabel Steenholm, claims third position with 121,300 points.

Yvonne van der Heide Victorious at Nine Gates Tournament

(left to right) José Hoogland (2nd), radiant Yvonne van der Heide (1st), Wenda Vanderbist (3rd) (Photo credit: Dutch Mahjong Association)

IJSSELSTEIN, The Netherlands - Dutch Yvonne van der Heide rightfully wins the "Nine Gates Tournament" (MERS1), scoring 14 table points. Runner up is her fellow club member José Hoogland with an equal amount of table points, but less mini points. Due to her excellent result in the last session, Belgium player Wenda Vanderbist claims third position, scoring 13 table points. Dutch player Bert Claessen, who won the previous four editions, ends on a modest 28th place. 

Francesco Martini Wins San Gimignano, Elena Savini Wins Vino Veritas

Francesco Martini with his 1st Place basket, Stefania Gori with her 2nd Place, and Francesca Battaglini's 3rd.

SAN GIMIGNANO, Italy - First place in this fifth iteration of the San Gimignano tournament goes to Francesco Martini with 24 table points, second Stefania Gori with 22 table and 858 mini-points, and third Francesca Battaglini also with 22 table points but only 513 mini-points. The combined "In Vino Veritas", including this San Gimignano together with the Villejuif tournament, was won by Elena Savini who scored 26 points here and 18 in the Italian competition for a total of 44 table points. Second went to Cyrille Rak with 43, and third to Francesca Battaglini with 42.

Olga Proskuryakova Prevails At Bratislava Open

(left to right) Organizer/referee Daniel Široň, Olga Proskuryakova (1st), Łukasz Grzybowski (2nd), Zoltan Dinyesi (3rd), Dominik Hammerl (4th)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - After two days of play and eight hanchan Russian player Olga Proskuryakova wins the "Riichi Open Bratislava 2017" (RERS2) with 154,000 points. Łukasz Grzybowski, from Upper Silesia, takes second place with 103,800 points. Hungarian Zoltan Dinyesi, who was awarded a prize for 'Best Hanchan', snatches up third place scoring 89,300 points, while Austrian player Dominik Hammerl claims fourth position with 87,800 points.

Mister & Miss Riichi Gets Second Iteration

The winners of the first edition: French Zeyu Sun and Dutch Nicole Haasbroek

PARIS, France - Last March French Anthony Ea aka 'Mister Miaou Miaou' of Paris based MCR mahjong club 'Magic Mahjong Social Pung' organized a two-day riichi event, called "Mister & Miss Riichi". Even though it wasn't an EMA certified tournament, twenty-five French and three Dutch players visited the capital of France to enjoy nine (!) hanchan in Club Adélie. A super friendly atmosphere, relaxed yet competitive play, nice food and drinks, and an excellent host: it was a great tournament.

Upcoming Riichi Open Bratislava Live on Twitch

Screenshot 2016 edition, hanchan 8: Konsta Lensu's hand

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Upcoming weekend the 4th edition of the "Riichi Open Bratislava" (RERS2) will be held. According to Slovakian customs one table per hanchan will be streamed LIVE on Twitch, the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts.

Dimphy van Grinsven Wins German Open Mahjong 2017

(left to right) German Champion Timur Hahn, Cédric Aguerre (2nd), Dimphy van Grinven (1st), Martin van Thiel (3rd) (photo credit: Sandra van Wijngaarden)

BAD ZWISCHENAHN, Germany - Dutch Dimphy van Grinsven wins the "German Open Mahjong 2017" (MERS2) with 20 table points, followed by French player Cédric Aguerre with 19, and Dutch Martin van Thiel with 18. For being the highest scoring German player, Timur Hahn receives the title of 'German Champion MCR 2017' (and a huge trophy!).

Pablo Figoni Takes South American Riichi Championship, Heading to WRC in Vegas

Two Chileans and two Argentinians make up the final table for the South American Riichi Championship.

SANTIAGO, Chile - Pablo Figoni of Argentina takes first place in the inaugural South American Riichi Mahjong Championship with 40.9 points, followed by Felipe Rojas of Chile with 32.9 points in second, Cristobal Nuñez of Chile with 16.3 point in third, with Matias Alloati of Argentina finishing out the final table in fourth with 9.9 points. This tournament marks the first of its kind in South America, and heralds in the birth of competitive riichi mahjong within this Western continent.


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