(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.

(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. 

Los 3 Dragones podium of winners, and key organizers.

PUÇOL, Spain - The Asociacion de Mahjong de Puzol “Los 3 Dragones” was responsible for organizing the 3rd International Mahjong Championship Los 3 Dragones 2017, that took place in the town of Puzol (Valencia - Spain), 16th and 17th December, 2017. The tournament developed in a cordial atmosphere between the participants. Los 3 Dragones give congratulations to the winner of the tournament Antonio Ayllón (ESP), and to the runner-up Anton Kösters (NED) and third place Bruno Manzo (FRA), in the 3rd International Mahjong Championship Los 3 Dragones 2017.

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.

This is not the top-three of Leuven. Gerda van Oorschot holds up a sheet of paper with the name of winner Ad van der Linden. Left Peter Van Damme, right Benjamin Kam.

LEUVEN, Belgium - Dutch player Ad van der Linden today has won the Red Lotus of Leuven in Belgium, which as a matter of fact was a Belgian-Dutch competition, with just a few players from France and Germany. Peter van Damme from Belgium was the first runner-up, with the same number of table points (13) as the winner and just 23 minipoints less. His fellow-countryman Peter Van Kam was the second runner-up, with 12 table-points.