Top players from the 2017 Cherry Blossom Cup.

KYOTO, Japan - Kyoto MCR Mahjong Club hosted the latest "Kyoto Cherry Blossom Cup 2017" (京都桜杯2017) 22 - 23rd of April 2017 over two days and eight sessions following the MCR rules, in which forty players participated, including six from China and one from Singapore. In the end, it was Kitaura Yasuhiro (北浦 康弘) who bloomed victorious, followed by Bernard Ang Wei Ming (洪伟铭) from Singapore in second, Takasaka Hidenobu (高坂 英伸) in third.

Top three players from the 2016-2017 Itinerant Tournament, from left to right; Marco Montebelli (2nd), Marco Milandri (1st) and Marco Bazzocchi (3rd).

BOLOGNA, Italy - The eighth and last leg of the Italian Itinerant Tournament ended with Giacomo Ferruzzi's victory with 11 table points. Same score for Elena Savini in second place, and also for Alberto Rosi who closes the podium in 3rd. The event capped off the Itinerant Tournament for the 2016-2017 season, with Marco Milandri taking top spot, followed by Marco Montebelli, and Marco Bazzocchi.

Top-three of the Gourmet Cup II.

GURK - Serena Porrati today has won the Carinthian Open, a.k.a. the Gourmet Cup II. She had the same number of table points as the runner-up, Russian player Aleksei Shpilman, who had less mini-ponts. Shpilmann, however, became the winner of the Gourmet Cup 2017, since he had the best accumulated results in this combined Italian-Austrian competition.

Top-three players of the Open Danish Championship 2017. From left: Timur Hahn, Denis Lugannikov, Raúl Rios Navarro.

COPENHAGEN - The Danes, often considered the best mahjong players of Europe, beaten in their own championship… This is the surprising result of the Open Danish MCR, concluded today in Copenhagen. At the end of the day, the podium was occupied by, successively, a Russian (winner Denis Lugannikov), a German (runner-up Timur Hahn) and a Spaniard (Raúl Rios Navarro). The first Danish player was Camilla Bonde Dalsgaard, who ended in sixth postion. 

From left Silke Bansemer, Anne Schäfter, Jürgen Schnier.

VERDEN, Germany - Anne Schäfer takes the Verden Open with 14 table points, followed in second by Silke Bansemer with 12, and Jürgen Schnier with 11.