(left to right) Jasper Germeys (3rd), Michael Donaghy (1st), Anna Titova (3rd) (photo credit: Annika Ridell)

UPPSALA, Sweden - British Michael Donaghy, runner-up at the "UK Open Riichi Tournament 2017", has emerged victorious in the "Swedish Open Riichi Mahjong Championship 2018" (RERS), scoring 113,200 points, followed by Swedish Jasper Germeys with 99,500 points. Making her tournament debut Anna Titova from the Russian Federation claims third position scoring 82,000 points.

(left to right) David Li, Haolun Wu, Ayako Shigamatsu, Rachel Halperin (photo credit: LAPOM)

GARDENA, California/USA - Team 'Doko wa Dokou' (David Li, Haolun Wu, Ayako Shigamatsu, Rachel Halperin) won the first team versus team tournament on American soil which took place February 17-18. Ryan Gan, staff member of hosting crew 'Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong' ('LAPOM') reflects on "Team Tournament - Best In The West".

'LAPOM' crew and pro Jenn Barr at the "PML Riichi Mahjong Open 2016"

GARDENA, California/USA - Upcoming weekend riichi mahjong club 'Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong' (LAPOM') will be hosting a two-day tournament, which will be streamed LIVE on YouTube. For the first time in the history of the North American Riichi Mahjong Association ('NARMA') players will participate in a team competition instead of an individual event.

(left to right) Tatsuya Igarashi (3rd), Tomasz Powęzka (1st), Lenka Raková (2nd), Paweł Kruk (photo credit: Dan Sekigawa)

DĄBROWA GÓRNICZA, Poland - Tomasz Powęzka wins the "Dąbrowa Riichi Open 2018" (no RERS), the first riichi tournament in the Dąbrowa Basin Region in southern Poland, scoring 53,000 points. Second place goes to Lenka Raková with 52,000 points, and third to Tatsuya Igarashi scoring 50,300 points.

Left to right: Pavel Sorokin (2nd), Eduard "Dragon" Polozov (winner), Vladislav Plyasunov (3rd).

TYUMEN, Russia - The third in "Siberia" zone of Russia RERS tournament took place in Tyumen gathering twenty players from six cities of Russia. This tournament concluded official EMA tournaments in 2017 both in MCR and riichi rules. The winner is Eduard "Dragon" Polozov from Tyumen (winner's nickname most probably comes from his last name which relates to the type of serpent), runner-up is Pavel Sorokin from Saint Petersburg, 3rd place goes to Vladislav Plyasunov from Moscow. All scoring was done via "Pantheon" system -- no paper or tenbo sticks, login via mobiles or smartphones.