(left to right) Freddy Christiansen (2nd), Shi Hua Chen (1st), Henrik Leth (3rd) (photo source: Facebook Mahjong Danmark)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Shi Hua Chen wins the "MCR Copenhagen Open" (MERS), scoring 13 table points and 402 mini-points. Second place goes to Freddy Christiansen with 11 table points and 449 mini-points; Henrik Leth takes third position scoring 11 table points and 254 mini-points.

(left to right) Annabel di Domenico (2nd), Jili Pfeiffer (1st), Vincent You-Seen (3rd) (photo credit: Iván Maestre)

VALENCIA, Spain - The French dominate the ranking in the "Valencia MCR Tournament" (MERS): Jili Pfeiffer effectively wipes out the competition scoring 22 table points and 1120 mini-points, followed by Annabel di Domenico with 19 table points and 498 mini-points. Vincent You-Seen scores 18 table points and 665 mini-points claiming third place.

Denis Lugannikov, "feeling fantastic" at the award ceremony. (photo credit: Denis Lugannikov)

SINGAPORE, Singapore - Russian Denis Lugannikov wins the inaugural "Nanyang Modern Mahjong Mindsport Tournament" (MCR), scoring 25 table points and the staggering number of 1554 mini-points. Runner-up is Singaporean player Ow Zhong Ming with 23 table points and 520 mini-points, and Cédric Aguerre from France finishes in third position, with 22 table points and 273 mini-points.

(left to right): Annick Pause (3rd), André Balagourou (1st), Marcel Tsong Chin Chuen (3rd) (source photo: website FFMJ)

SAINT PAUL, Réunion (FRA) - After four sessions André Balagourou, French Champion MCR in 2014 and 2015, emerges as victor at the "Dragon Rouge Tournament" (MERS) scoring 14 table points and 440 mini-points. Runner-up with 13 table points and 634 mini-points is Marcel Tsong Chin Chuen, and with an equal amount of table points but less mini-points (332) Annick Pause is awarded third place. 

(left to right) Pauline van der Linden (2nd), Marieke Verheyden (1st), Leni Janssen (3rd) (photo credit: Joke Maes)

TEMSE, Belgium - One month after sealing third place at the Dutch "Valentine Tournament 2018" Belgian player Marieke Verheyden wins the tenth edition of the "Little Three Dragons Tournament" aka the "MCR Belgian Open 2018" (MERS), scoring 13 table points and 371 mini-points. Runner-up is Dutch Pauline van der Linden with 12 table points and 414 mini-points, followed by her fellow countrywoman Leni Janssen who scored an equal amount of table points and 298 mini-points.

(from left) Marieke Verheyden (3rd), Martha Pasterkamp (1st), Barry de Vos (2nd) (photo credit: Fons Oude Engberink)

HEEMSTEDE, The Netherlands - By the skin of her teeth last year's 'most funny Valentine' Dutch Martha Pasterkamp wins the tenth edition of the "Valentine Tournament" (MERS) with 14 table points and 516 mini-points, followed by fellow countryman Barry de Vos scoring 14 table points and 499 mini-points, while Belgian Marieke Verheyden claims third position with 13 table points and 447 mini-points.

1° Marco Milandri, 2° Elena Savini, 3° Francesco Martini, 4° Marco Bazzocchi

Italy - Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January 2018 the Master was played among the best 16 players of 2017 using the duplicate format, which compares the results obtained by the players using the same pawns. At the end of the five game rounds, in which all the players faced each other, the victory went to Marco Milandri with 14 points, in second place Elena Savini also with 14 points but less mini-points, at the third place Francesco Martini with 12 points, and in fourth Marco Bazzocchi with 12 points.