(from left) Joël Ratsimandresy (2nd), Bruno Manzo (1st), Sven-Hendrik Gutsche (photo credit: Mattheu van Oorsouw)

BERGHEM, The Netherlands - After seven round-robin sessions over the course of two days French Bruno Manzo, who topped the ranking after the first day of play, takes first place in the "MCR Dutch Open 2018", followed by fellow countrymen Joël Ratsimandresy and Sven-Hendrik Gutsche.

Even though MCR remains the dominant style in the Netherlands (the Dutch Mahjong Association sanctions six riichi events versus eight MCR events per calendar year) the number of players signing up for Dutch EMA certified MCR tournaments has come to a full stop: while in 2016 272 players registered, both this year and the previous only 236 MCR players attended EMA events on Dutch soil. There is also a significant change in the demographic of players: as to be expected the Dutch make up the majority of the participants, but the last few years most foreign attendants were residents from neighboring countries Belgium and Germany. The "Giant of Rotterdam" and the "MCR Dutch Open" are known to attract a few French(wo)men, but the heyday in which Dutch EMA tournaments lured Italian, Swiss, British and even Russian competitors to the Netherlands appears to be over (Nieuw-Vennep2014: 10 nationalities, Nieuw-Vennep2016: 9 nationalities).

Significant decline

For this year's "MCR Dutch Open" 84 players registered representing Belgium (14), Germany (8), France (13), the Netherlands (46), Spain (2) and Sweden (1); a decline from the previous edition at the same venue (88 players) and a significant drop from the 2016 edition in Nieuw-Vennep, a stone's throw from Amsterdam Airport (116 players). Salient detail: not a single Italian player participated. One can only speculate why this edition of the Dutch Open didn't attract the big crowd: Is the tournament venue too remote and hard to reach? Is the food provided (cheese/ham buns, soup and a deep-fried snack) not appealing enough? Is the tournament floor, a room with walls lined with black curtains and lacking any windows, putting players off? Are participants tired of playing the same opponents (the influx of fresh blood in the MCR scene is negligible)? Are players losing interest in this particular mahjong style in favor of other styles? Or is there another explanation?

Additional pictures can be viewed on the Facebook page of hosting club 'Schoon Spel' ('Half Flush').

Tournament overview - day one (photo credit: Joël Ratsimandresy)

Final Results of the MCR Dutch Open 2018 (MCR, MERS), Berghem

Rank Name Nat TP MP
1 Bruno Manzo FRA 22 780
2 Joël Ratsimandresy FRA 22 749
3 Sven-Hendrik Gutsche FRA 21 492
4 Marianne Croeze NLD 20 551
5 Ans Hoogland NLD 19 823
6 Caroline Arnaud FRA 19 518
7 Simon Bounkeo Fongue FRA 19 440
8 Anja van Oorsouw NLD 19 368
9 Timur Hahn DEU 18 578
10 Pauline van der Linden NLD 18 473
11 Marjan van den Nieuwendijk NLD 18 451
12 Sylvie Valognes FRA 18 383
13 Zeger de Jong NLD 18 130
14 Eveline Broers NLD 17,5 644
15 Kevin Toussaint FRA 17 728
16 Twan van den Nieuwendijk NLD 17 463
17 Eric van Balkum NLD 17 385
18 Tine Weckhuyzen BEL 17 376
19 Joke de Jong NLD 17 218
20 Dagmar Fischer DEU 16 529
21 Ria van der Putten NLD 16 313
22 Peter Beese DEU 16 290
23 Diana Westdijk NLD 16 237
24 Jacqueline Oudshoorn NLD 16 121
25 Nadine König DEU 16 -237
26 Janco Onnink NLD 15 745
27 Rudi Kopmanis BEL 15 422
28 Jaap Croeze NLD 15 344
29 Dimphy van Grinsven NLD 15 164
30 Marieke Verheyden BEL 15 111
31 Luuk van Balkum NLD 14 252
32 Robert Müller DEU 14 166
33 Moa Henriet SWE 13 525
34 Yvonne van der Heide NLD 13 175
35 Peter Van Damme BEL 13 141
36 Ulla Eickschen DEU 13 126
37 Erwan de Kergommeaux FRA 13 3
38 Marjoleine Lips NLD 13 -74
39 José Moreno Merino ESP 13 -176
40 Olav Sommers NLD 13 -231
41 Dennis Boekstaaf NLD 12 474
42 Gert van der Vegt NLD 12 105
43 Ad van der Linden NLD 12 70
44 Emmanuelle Hugot FRA 12 -46
45 Harry Kal NLD 12 -127
46 Jan Warbout NLD 12 -140
47 Cédric Aguerre FRA 12 -307
48 Ineke Koster NLD 11,5 -162
49 Menno van Lienden NLD 11 240
50 Heiko Domann DEU 11 -14
51 Gerda van Oorschot NLD 11 -269
52 Sandra van Wijngaarden NLD 11 -281
53 Annemiek Mallee NLD 10,5 -146
54 Olivier Roy FRA 10 98
55 Berry Heijn NLD 10 -164
56 Mattheu van Oorsouw NLD 10 -227
57 Menno Deij-van Rijswijk NLD 10 -228
58 Leni Janssen NLD 10 -286
59 Jos Dermout BEL 10 -391
60 Elke Pünjer DEU 10 -449
61 Silke Bansemer DEU 9 -179
62 Sabine Manten DEU 9 -396
63 Rudy Wong-Chung NLD 9 -577
64 Martin van Thiel NLD 8 -170
65 Annie Manzo FRA 8 -216
66 Samuel Tunez Heredia ESP 8 -434
67 Cisca Bazuin NLD 8 -460
68 Irma Michiels BEL 7 -231
69 Wenda Vanderbist BEL 7 -316
70 Rik Scholten NLD 7 -478
71 Ronald Lammers NLD 7 -492
72 Wil Meijer-Kal NLD 7 -498
73 Anneke Keyl NLD 6 -273
74 Jakko de Vries NLD 6 -496
75 Heinz Ludwig DEU 6 -517
76 Chris Janssen NLD 6 -581
77 Jessica Heyliger NLD 5 -516
78 Chris De Roock BEL 5 -522
79 Elke Brinkmeier DEU 5 -582
80 Aty de Groot NLD 5 -648
81 Jeroen Meijer NLD 4,5 -625
82 Jack'lien Pilgram NLD 4 -608
83 Christiane D'Angelo FRA 3 -682
84 Heidi Ludwig DEU 3 -749

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  • Guest - Sven-Hendrik GUTSCHE

    For us it was the second time that we came too Berghem (prononce it "Berchem"). And as the first time, it was a very well organized tournament!! Non-playing referree, enough space for every table, non noise-reflecting walls for playing in a very quiet ambiance, well climatized, well illuminated, after each session one could go outside for a walk in delightfull enviroment (my dog was very concerned about this!!) or very comfortable outside in the sun, for sure one of the best organized tournaments in Europe! And am I tired of playing the same opponents? For sure No! Berghem is not for to meet opponents... but dear friends!

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