Two Chileans and two Argentinians make up the final table for the South American Riichi Championship.

SANTIAGO, Chile - Pablo Figoni of Argentina takes first place in the inaugural South American Riichi Mahjong Championship with 40.9 points, followed by Felipe Rojas of Chile with 32.9 points in second, Cristobal Nuñez of Chile with 16.3 point in third, with Matias Alloati of Argentina finishing out the final table in fourth with 9.9 points. This tournament marks the first of its kind in South America, and heralds in the birth of competitive riichi mahjong within this Western continent.

Second runner-up Ieneke Marsidi (l) congratulates Eveline Broers with her second place, while winner Janco Onnink waits for his turn.

OSS, the Netherlands - Janco Onnink today has won the Oranda Saikou, a non-MERS local riichi tournament in the Netherlands. The venue is not far away from the location where the European Riichi Championship 2019 will take place.

(left to right) Michael Donaghy (2nd), Yihe Lu (1st), Ryo Fukaura (3rd), Jason He (4th)

GODALMING, United Kingdom - Chinese player Yihe Lu, runner-up of the 2015 edition, has convincingly won the UK Open Riichi Tournament 2017 (RERS2), with 179,100 points. Second place goes to Michael Donaghy, scoring 129,700 points. Ryo Fukaura took third position, with 126,300 points, overtaking Jason He by 200 points! Forty players (seven nationalities) competed for two days in eight hanchan at the picturesque town of Godalming, near Guildford.

From left to right: Sergey Zarubin (2nd), Vitaliy Meshin (1st), Alexander Filippov (3rd). Sitting: Grigoriy Merkulov (consolation prize)

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia - First in "Siberia" zone of Russia RERS tournament "Siberia Cup 2017" was won by Vitaliy Meshin from Novosibirsk who accumulated 88,700 points after 8 sessions. Runner-up is Sergey Zarubin from Bratsk, 3rd prize goes to Alexander Filippov from Novosibirsk. This RERS-1 tournament gathered twenty-four players from five Siberian cities of Russia.

(left to right) Nicole Haasbroek (3rd), Joe-Calberson Huynh (1st), Antoine Rossard (2nd) - Photo by David Clarke

AACHEN, Germany - Unstoppable French player Joe-Calberson Huynh takes first prize at the "Aachen Riichi Open" (RERS1) scoring 152,600 points, fellow 'Tri Nitro Tiles' club member Antoine Rossard comes in second with 120,600 points, and Dutch Nicole Haasbroek claims third position with 104,100 points.