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.

Sichuan Bloody Rules events

The first series of tournaments was of Sichuan Bloody Rules (SBR). It was decided to do two-step selection followed by finals. Out of the first tournament (preliminary) the top 14 players were directed to finals. During the second tournament (repecharge) two more players had a chance to play in finals. The final tournament was played not in ordinary but in duplicate format under which any hand played by player is compared to the same hand on the same wind played by the other player, with the deviation from the average being converted to IMP scores. Top 16 players have been selected for the 2nd World Mahjong Sports Games. Top 16 players also received prizes from the sponsor.

Tiles are waiting to be played during SBR duplicate session.

Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange, SBR Preliminaries, 84 participated, 63 qualified (completed 10 sessions)

Place Player Name_CN Player Name_EN Nat. MP
1 赵坚 Zhao Jian CHN 128
2 杨莉 Yang Li CHN 122
3 朱福 Zhu Fu CHN 112
4 邓琳 Deng Lin CHN 91
5 李珍颖 Li Zhenying CHN 85
6 庄逸 Zhuang Yi CHN 81
7 王涛 Wang Tao CHN 77
8 魏智勇 Wei Zhiyong CHN 73
9 李建国 Li Jianguo CHN 70
10 周毅 Zhou Yi CHN 66
11 张健 Zhang Jian CHN 63
12 张华特 Huate Chang TPE 58
13 谢缙 Xie Jin CHN 55
14 李长俭 Li Changjian CHN 50
15 邹婧 Zou Jing CHN 48
16 曹余林 Cao Yulin CHN 47
17 Denis Lugannikov Denis Lugannikov RUS 38
18 郑羽 Zheng Yu CHN 32
19 罗璕 Luo Xun CHN 31
20 周勇 Zhou Yong CHN 31
21 金楠 Jin Nan CHN 30
22 季云重 Ji Yunzhong CHN 29
23 李波 Li Bo CHN 26
24 莫艾 Mo Ai CHN 25
25 裴宇 Pei Yu CHN 24
26 王书德 Wang Shude CHN 24
27 范毅 Fan Yi CHN 21
28 赵成华 Zhao Chenghua CHN 20
29 李洪坤 Li Hongkun CHN 20
30 黄冬宇 Huang Dongyu CHN 16
31 苏航 Su Hang CHN 15
32 Tatiana Goptareva Tatiana Goptareva RUS 13
33 孔岩 Kong Yan CHN 13
34 潘毅坚 Phua Ek Kian, Edwin SGP 13
35 周跃芳 Zhou Yuefang CHN 12
36 李林 Li Lin CHN 0
37 吴海 Wu Hai CHN 0
38 周桂娟 Zhou Guijuan CHN -4
39 朱磊 Zhu Lei CHN -5
40 范嶸 Fan Rong CHN -11
41 李昌政 Li Changzheng CHN -13
42 Andrey Chichigin Andrey Chichigin RUS -17
43 郑健 Zheng Jian CHN -19
44 Alexander Doppelhofer Alexander Doppelhofer AUT -21
45 徐芃 Xu Peng CHN -27
46 段燕斌 Dan Yanbin CHN -28
47 Vitaly Novikov Vitaly Novikov RUS -28
48 任述磊 Ren Shulei CHN -30
49 陈辉 Chen Hui CHN -32
50 钉宫公人 Kugimiya Kimito JPN -37
51 黄正信 Huang Cheng-Hsing TPE -39
52 吴燕霞 Wu Yanxia CHN -40
53 Jesper Nøhr Jesper Nøhr DNK -43
54 缪全 Miao Quan CHN -43
55 彭罡 Peng Gang CHN -55
56 王萍爱 Wang Pingai CHN -63
57 田唯 Tian Wei CHN -63
58 杨鲁平 Yang Luping CHN -64
59 Natalia Chichigina Natalia Chichigina RUS -68
60 Veronika Filiushkina Veronika Filiushkina RUS -78
61 Menno van Lienden Menno van Lienden NLD -100
62 周桂君 Zhou Guijun CHN -104
63 Lee Kau Fu Lee Kau Fu SGP -121

Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange, SBR Repecharge, 25 participated and qualified (completed 4 sessions)

Place Player Name_CN Player Name_EN Nat. MP
1 周桂君 Zhou Guijun CHN 199
2 邹婧 Zou Jing CHN 197
3 郑羽 Zheng Yu CHN 192
4 Veronika Filiushkina Veronika Filiushkina RUS 162
5 季云重 Ji Yunzhong CHN 158
6 范嶸 Fan Rong CHN 151
7 任述磊 Ren Shulei CHN 148
8 李昌政 Li Changzheng CHN 139
9 陈辉 Chen Hui CHN 139
10 吴海 Wu Hai CHN 133
11 周跃芳 Zhou Yuefang CHN 128
12 裴宇 Pei Yu CHN 110
13 苏航 Su Hang CHN 108
14 李林 Li Lin CHN 99
15 黄冬宇 Huang Dongyu CHN 98
16 罗璕 Luo Xun CHN 77
17 朱磊 Zhu Lei CHN 74
18 曹余林 Cao Yulin CHN 69
19 Denis Lugannikov Denis Lugannikov RUS 65
20 李洪坤 Li Hongkun CHN 64
21 周桂娟 Zhou Guijuan CHN 51
22 彭罡 Peng Gang CHN 36
23 李波 Li Bo CHN 9
24 郑健 Zheng Jian CHN 7
25 杨鲁平 Yang Luping CHN 3

Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange, SBR Finals, duplicate format

Place Player Nat. IMP MP
1 Ji Yunzhong China 18 19
2 Zhou Yi China 13 11
3 Yang Li China 11 47
4 Zou Jing China 9 -8
5 Wei Zhiyong China 7 11
6 Huate Chang Chinese Taipei 4 -27
7 Deng Lin China 1 19
8 Li Changjian China 1 -4
9 Luo Xun* China -4 43
10 Li Zhenying China -5 17
11 Zhu Fu China -6 -13
12 Zheng Yu China -8 23
13 Zhou Guijun China -9 6
14 Zhao Jian China -14 -40
15 Denis Lugannikov Russia -16 -74
16 Cao Yulin* China -23 -30

And here are some photos of top 16 players of SBR event.

Players ranked 9-16 of Sichuan Bloody Rules (SBR) main event of Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange.
Players ranked 4-8 of Sichuan Bloody Rules (SBR) main event of Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange.
Players ranked 1-3 of Sichuan Bloody Rules (SBR) main event of Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange.

Mahjong Competition Rules event

The second main event of Europe & Asia Mahjong Elite Exchange was Mahjong Competition Rules (MCR) tournament which gathered together 56 players: 32 players from China, 20 from Europe and 4 from other parts of Asia. Top 16 players have been selected to 2nd World Mahjong Sports Games. Top 8 players received prizes from sponsor. The results of the MCR tournament were posted in this story by Matthieu Pfeiffer, link here.

Mahjong International League 3rd Executive Council

On July 22, 2017 Mahjong International League held its 3rd Executive council. In more details this event will be covered in another article.

Mahjong International League 3rd Executive Council, July 22, 2017, Beijing.

2017 Global Mind Sport Innovative and Development Forum

The Forum has been attended by IMSA and MIL officials who made small presentations. The most intriguing part (in author opinion) was presentation of Frank Ng, President of MIL, on the ways to access hands for duplicate online in mind sports games using newest technologies (big data, machine learning etc.).

Frank Ng presentation at 2017 Global Mind Sport Innovative and Development Forum, July 23, 2017, Beijing.
European participants of 2017 Global Mind Sport Innovative and Development Forum, July 23, 2017, Beijing.
Chinese participants of 2017 Global Mind Sport Innovative and Development Forum, July 23, 2017, Beijing.

Cultural program and some hustle

To begin with the venue of two intended mahjong events ... has been changed last days resulted in huge turnover of flight tickets to and from Chengdu and Beijing. Some group of participants came originally to Chengdu where they learned to play SBR mahjong, see some pandas and sites of Chengdu. The others came to Beijing directly and had a chance for cultural visit only after all events have finished.

Group at Temple of Heaven, Beijing.

That was long-long trip to Beijing which included tournaments, conferences, massive flight travel and of course some cultural program.

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