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

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