(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 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.

(left to right) Aymeric Bouvet (3rd), Panjing Song (1st), Wenlong Li (2nd)

VILLEJUIF, France - After three days of dominated play Chinese Panjing Song rightfully takes first place at "Chow Time - In Vino Veritas" (MERS1), scoring 33 table points and 754 mini points. Her husband, General Secretary of the 'Mahjong International League' Wenlong Li, is the runner-up with 29 table points and 820 mini points. French Aymeric Bouvet claims third place with 27 table points and 536 mini points.

Winners' podium posing with José Damiani, President of the International Mind Sport Association.

CHENGDU-BEIJING, China - The Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange ended last Friday with a big feast for award ceremony and closing ceremony. Here are the results of the MCR event. Finally, two EMA players managed to make it to the top 10 in the end: Freddy Christiansen (DK) and Anna Shpilman (RUS). In first place was Wang Xiangnong (CN), 2nd Zhuang Yi (CN), and Li Jianguo (CN) in 3rd.

(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!).

Geoffrey Borg, FIDE CEO at the opening ceremony of Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange.

CHENGDU-BEIJING, China. It was hot in China coming days. And the matter was not temperature rising up to +30 degrees C. Mahjong International League held two main events of the selection trial of 2nd World Mahjong Sports Games named Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange. In addition, there was MIL 3rd EC meeting and 2017 Global Mind Sport Innovative and Development Forum.

Winner Héctor Escaso is bracketed by his runner up Katia Túnez Heredia and 3rd place Domingo García García.

ÁGUILAS, Spain - The fifth iteration of the Torneo de Mahjong de Águilas has landed, and Héctor Escaso soars victorious with 19 table points, followed by Katia Túnez Heredia with 17 and 507 mini-points, with Domingo García García in third also with 17 table points but only 354 mini-points. Despite Raúl Ríos Navarro's astounding 1174 mini-points, he misses making the top three by just 1 table point, rounding out the podium in fourth.