Denis Lugannikov, "feeling fantastic" at the award ceremony. (photo credit: Denis Lugannikov)

SINGAPORE, Singapore - Russian Denis Lugannikov wins the inaugural "Nanyang Modern Mahjong Mindsport Tournament" (MCR), scoring 25 table points and the staggering number of 1554 mini-points. Runner-up is Singaporean player Ow Zhong Ming with 23 table points and 520 mini-points, and Cédric Aguerre from France finishes in third position, with 22 table points and 273 mini-points.

The "Nanyang Modern Mahjong Mindsport Tournament" was organised jointly by two Singaporean mahjong clubs: 'Quesheng International Mahjong Club', presided over by Casimir Tee, and 'Nee Soon South CC Sport Mahjong Club' with Edwin Phua at the helm. Supported by the 'Mahjong International League' ('MIL') and in partnership with 'Citystate Travel' and 'Royal Caribbean International' the tournament was free of charge for passengers who are currently still enjoying the sights of Southeast Asia during a four-day voyage on board cruise liner 'Mariner of the Seas' departing from Singapore (participants solely paid the cruise fare).

Danish System

One hundred and four competitors from nine countries (Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and the Netherlands) went head to head during two days: on both March 2 and March 4 four sessions of MCR style mahjong were played, pairing up participants according to the Danish system (strong versus strong). March 3 was a rest day on the beach at Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia. After the first day of play Cédric Aguerre's full score of 16 table points put him in the lead, but the French player was unable to gain any points in the first two sessions on the second day. Denis Lugannikov was in 8th position on day one, but went all out on the second day of play, scoring the maximum number of table points in sessions six, seven and eight. Ow Zhong Ming firmly secured the second position on day one, was in the lead after session six, but plummeted to a 7th position after the seventh session. He finished the tournament strong by earning full score at his final table.

World Mahjong Sports Games

The top ten competitors received trophies and certificates of award, while the top 8 players also were given cash prizes and cruise vouchers. Additionally, the top three players were gifted an automatic mahjong table (Trykon Mahjong). Furthermore, since this tournament has been certified as a selection event for the MCR Individual Event in 'MIL''s upcoming "World Mahjong Sports Games" ("WMSG") on August 4-12 2018 (location currently undisclosed), at least six qualification spots have been awarded to the top competitors.

"Believe in yourself"

Winner Denis Lugannikov is in good spirits: "Everything is fine. I like the cruise. Pity that it's only 4 days." When asked about his opponents strength/weakness he refers to the tournament format: "Well, with this Danish system, I played with very good players." [...] "We should try it in Europe." In conclusion he directly addresses the readers of Mahjong News: "If you believe in yourself that you can win then you can win any tournament. And of course you need to concentrate on the game and have a bit of luck."

Tournament overview: Cédric Aguerre and Denis Lugannikov at the final table, vying for first place. (photo credit: Joël Ratsimandresy)

Final Results of the Nanyang Modern Mahjong Mindsport Tournament 2018 (MCR, no MERS), Singapore

Place Name Nat TP MP
1 Denis Lugannikov RUS 25 1554
2 Ow Zhong Ming  胡中铭 SGP 23 520
3 Cédric Aguerre FRA 22 273
4 Anton Kösters NLD 21 806
5 Emmanuel Taï Leung FRA 21 613
6 Zhou Guijun  周桂君 CHN 21 433
7 Richard Lui  吕鹏 SGP 21 297
8 Tan Yong Khai  陈勇楷 SGP 20 596
9 Joël Ratsimandresy FRA 20 373
10 Dong Feifei  董菲菲 CHN 20 370
11 Henry Choi  蔡志生 AUS 19 488
12 Zhang Fei  张斐 CHN 19 428
13 Angel Fok  霍素珍 SGP 19 417
14 Caroline Arnaud FRA 19 339
15 Maria Barratault FRA 19 154
16 Boey Mun Seng  梅文诚 SGP 19 131
17 Emilie Lam-Wan-Shum FRA 19 −31
18 Kugimiya Yukari  釘宮 百香里 JPN 18 342
19 Roger Goh  吳淸強 SGP 18 167
20 Anna Shpilman RUS 18 155
21 Jonathan Costey FRA 18 148
22 Oh Yong Sing  胡勇胜 SGP 17 499
23 Xue Tao  薛涛 CHN 17 329
24 Annick Pause FRA 17 253
25 Chen Guizhen  陈桂珍 CHN 17 195
26 Xing Chunyan  邢春艳 CHN 17 168
27 Chen Xiaoyan  陈小燕 CHN 17 71
28 Marjan van den Nieuwendijk NLD 17 11
29 Liliane Ah Leung FRA 17 −81
30 Shi Yali  石亚丽 CHN 16 227
31 Guo Zhaolan  郭兆兰 CHN 16 190
32 Alexander Doppelhofer AUT 16 158
33 Peter Pun  潘士刚 SGP 16 149
34 Li Bolin  李伯林 CHN 16 130
35 Yang Ronghua  杨荣花 CHN 16 128
36 Liu Yuxia  刘玉侠 CHN 16 85
37 Duan Hao  段昊 CHN 15 673
38 Simon Bounkeo Fongue FRA 15 317
39 Annie Manzo FRA 15 233
40 Li Guangcai  李光彩 CHN 15 166
41 Aleksei Shpilman RUS 15 91
42 Anthony To AUS 15 −30
43 Shirley Yu Sau Lai  余秀丽 SGP 15 −32
44 Li Zhencun  李振存 CHN 15 −63
45 Cheo Kae Jer  章凯哲 SGP 15 −76
46 Eric Quek  郭源州 SGP 15 −88
47 Koh How Kiat  辜浩傑 SGP 15 −178
48 Connie Mak  麥惠萍 SGP 14 129
49 Yuan Xiurong  袁秀荣 CHN 14 93
50 Sandra Bondoin FRA 14 9
51 Huang Liping  黄丽萍 CHN 14 8
52 Song Panjing  宋盼婧 CHN 14 −40
53 Zhang Jing  张静 CHN 14 −145
54 Reine Doris FRA 14 −406
55 Kugimiya Kimito  釘宮 公人 JPN 13 283
56 Gao Junrong  高军荣 CHN 13 256
57 Lionel Legaie FRA 13 159
58 Cindy Cheh  谢美麗 SGP 13 91
59 Tsai Kok Pow  蔡國寶 SGP 13 45
60 Huang Xiao  黄晓 CHN 13 −119
61 Bruno Manzo FRA 13 −123
62 Bessie Png Yam Kim  方艳金 SGP 13 −132
63 Christine Taylor FRA 13 −150
64 Cheng Lixue  程立雪 CHN 13 −227
65 Lucile Cheung Ah Seung FRA 13 −413
66 Yang Guoqing  杨国庆 CHN 13 −432
67 Thérèse Roblin FRA 12 51
68 Chen Yujia  陈彧佳 CHN 12 42
69 Catherine Xanthopoulos FRA 12 12
70 Li Wenlong  李文龙 CHN 12 −193
71 Alex Ivanovski AUS 12 −207
72 Feng Zhong  冯重 CHN 12 −212
73 Simone Duboz FRA 12 −321
74 Zhong Shiying  钟世英 CHN 12 −396
75 Lin Fosheng  林佛胜 CHN 12 −595
76 Timur Hahn GER 11 248
77 Zhou Yuping  周玉萍 CHN 11 76
78 Zeng Suiyu  曾穗育 CHN 11 −54
79 Alfred Lam-Wan-Shum FRA 11 −242
80 Chun Yu  虞纯青 AUS 11 −307
81 Fu Lihua  傅利华 CHN 11 −374
82 Zhu Jianzhen  朱健珍 CHN 11 −437
83 Bian Xingye  卞兴业 CHN 11 −443
84 Wang Junhong  王军宏 CHN 11 −496
85 Liu Jianhua  刘建华 CHN 10 −42
86 Karen Ong  王莉雲 AUS 10 −236
87 Chen Maoping  陈茂萍 CHN 10 −248
88 Annabel Di Domenico FRA 10 −272
89 Gao Liang  高亮 CHN 9 −113
90 Fu Qingqi  富庆奇 CHN 9 −252
91 Zhou Shihao  周世豪 AUS 9 −290
92 Yuan Defu  袁德福 CHN 9 −292
93 Germaine Zhuang SGP 9 −317
94 Zhang Ying  张颖 CHN 9 −370
95 Oscar van den Nieuwendijk NLD 9 −443
96 Monique Ah-Pine FRA 8 −393
97 Duan Lianmin  段连敏 CHN 8 −574
98 Zhou Delie  周德烈 CHN 8 −735
99 Zhang Qiuxiang  张秋香 CHN 7,5 −646
100 Yang Yaqin  杨亚琴 CHN 7 −326
101 Ruan Minzhen  阮敏珍 CHN 7 −607
102 Doris Chow  周美娟 SGP 6 −711
103 Hou Guihua  侯桂华 CHN 4,5 −807
104 Adam Tan SGP 4 −642

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