(left to right) Sergey Petrushchenko, victor Alexey Leontyev, Victor Grishin

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Three players from the Russian Federation occupied the top spots at the "Prague Open Riichi Tournament" (RERS2). Alexey Leontyev easily dominated his opponents, scoring 290,600 points. Runner up was Victor Grishin, winner of the Russian Open Riichi Championship 2014, with 161,300 points, while Sergey Petrushchenko claimed third place with 118,600 points.

(left to right) Katarzyna Chabelska, Natalia 'Haneman Hunter' Bula, Olga Igarashi

KATOWICE, Poland - Natalia Bula has won the "Katowice Riichi Open 2017", the first riichi tournament in the Upper Silesian region (no RERS) with 61,300 points. Katarzyna Chabelska scored 43,000 points to claim second place; Olga Igarashi came in third, scoring 31,300 points.

Winner Maurizio Bagnoli's stare of death.

BOLOGNA, Italy - After four hanchans Maurizio Bagnoli came out victorious at the "Tanuki Tournament" (non RERS), scoring 60,600 points. Runner up was Alan Coli with 56,500 and by the skin of his teeth Paolo Silverstri claimed third prize with 41,300 points.

Daina Chiba (on right) with Dragon Owl organizer Marek Wakuluk.

BIELAWA, Poland- If you are so lucky to live within traveling distance to Bielawa, Poland, then you are also fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of one of the few opportunities to sit in July 30th on a free world-class mahjong strategy course by Daina Chiba being held in conjunction with the July 29th Dragon Owl Riichi Contest.

Michal Marko (2nd), Joël Ratsimandresy (1st), and Lena Weinguny (3rd).

GRAZ, Austria - Joël Ratsimandresy easily carried away the trophy from the Graz Riichi Tournament (RERS1) with 254,000 points, followed in a distant 2nd place by Michal Marko with 93,300, and Lena Weinguny with 76,400 in 3rd.