(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. 

It took MCR mahjong club 'De Negen Poorten' ('The Nine Gates') over a decade of hosting their annual tournament to finally build up the courage to organize a MERS1 event. Because the "Nine Gates Tournament" is the premier event on the Dutch tournament calender (in total eight MCR and six riichi tournaments will be held this season), and its venue is conveniently located in the heart of the Netherlands, this tournament is known to draw a large crowd. Only limited by the size of the venue (a room in a senior citizens complex), one hundred eager players flocked to the beautiful city of IJsselstein to engage in four sessions of MCR mahjong. Unlike any other national mahjong league in the world, the Dutch Mahjong Association distinguishes between so-called competitive MCR players and recreational MCR players; of these hunderd players only sixty-eight participated in the MERS1 tournament, the others competed in their own league. Not just Dutch mahjong enthusiasts took part in this event; there were two German entries and of course there was the small group of infamous Belgium players which is notorious for snatching up awards at Dutch tournaments.

Final Results of the Nine Gates Tournament (MCR, MERS 1), IJsselstein

Place First Name Surname Nat. TP MP
1 Yvonne Heide, van der NLD 14,0 752
2 Jose Hoogland-ten Have NLD 14,0 349
3 Wenda Vanderbist BEL 13,0 409
4 Leo Elferink NLD 12,0 316
5 Herma Mourik, van NLD 12,0 98
6 Rudi Kopmanis BEL 11,0 340
7 Anja van Oorsouw NLD 11,0 248
8 Petra Elferink NLD 11,0 190
9 Linda Mous BEL 10,0 253
10 Sabine Manten DEU 10,0 239
11 Oscar Nieuwendijk, van den NLD 10,0 214
12 Wil Meijer-Kal NLD 10,0 90
13 Eugenie Teunissen NLD 10,0 50
14 Eveline Broers NLD 9,5 233
15 Jacqueline Oudshoorn NLD 9,0 256
16 Marjoleine Lips NLD 9,0 180
17 Gerard Bie, van der NLD 9,0 72
18 Tonny Bie, van der NLD 8,5 93
19 Pauline Linden, van der NLD 8,0 104
20 Marleen Dewolf BEL 8,0 64
21 Sophie Kemper BEL 8,0 17
22 Chris Roock, De BEL 8,0 -41
23 Jos Dermout BEL 7,5 26
24 Cees Brink, van den NLD 7,5 16
25 Menno Deij-van Rijswijk NLD 7,0 194
26 Irma Michiels BEL 7,0 117
27 Annet Kitslaar NLD 7,0 87
28 Bert Claessen NLD 7,0 52
29 Foppe Bakker NLD 7,0 6
30 Jack'lien Pilgram NLD 7,0 -10
31 Anneke Bakker NLD 7,0 -41
32 Leni Janssen NLD 7,0 -54
33 Twan Nieuwendijk NLD 7,0 -65
34 Nino Aringaneng NLD 7,0 -75
35 Rik Scholten NLD 6,5 -133
36 Berry Heijn NLD 6,0 20
37 Eric Balkum, van NLD 6,0 -2
38 Ria Putten, van der NLD 6,0 -19
39 Jan Warbout NLD 6,0 -29
40 Janie Nolten NLD 6,0 -45
41 Ronald Lammers NLD 6,0 -50
42 Dennis Boekstaaf NLD 6,0 -76
43 Anna Craaikamp-Eijgensteijn, van NLD 6,0 -78
44 Sandra Wijngaarden, van NLD 6,0 -133
45 Hanneke Morel NLD 6,0 -153
46 Olav Sommers NLD 6,0 -168
47 Cornelia Capito DEU 6,0 -205
48 Ton Rijnders NLD 5,5 -186
49 Marjan Nieuwendijk, van den NLD 5,0 0
50 Luuk van Balkum NLD 5,0 -17
51 Gerda van Oorschot NLD 5,0 -75
52 Ans Hoogland NLD 5,0 -105
53 Barry Vos, de NLD 5,0 -107
54 Mattheu Oorsouw, van NLD 5,0 -139
55 Ieneke Marsidi NLD 5,0 -141
56 Vera Drost NLD 5,0 -209
57 Andre Rijnders NLD 5,0 -230
58 Anneke Keyl NLD 5,0 -302
59 Dimphy Grinsven, van NLD 4,0 -158
60 Jeroen Meijer NLD 4,0 -171
61 Aty Groot, de NLD 4,0 -179
62 Martin Thiel, van NLD 4,0 -184
63 Dewi Satriasaputra NLD 4,0 -284
64 Ad Linden, van der NLD 3,0 -168
65 Anita Hoof, van BEL 3,0 -214
66 Yannick Michiels BEL 2,0 -170
67 Trees Meijer NLD 2,0 -204
68 Ineke Koster NLD 2,0 -465

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