Group photo at Perm Haru Shanten 2018.

PERM, Russia - For the second time Perm hosted EMA riichi tournament in "Siberia" zone. Like half year ago again seventy-two players from thirteen cities of Russia competed in the first ever three-day riichi tournament. Despite the fact that 40% of players were female players all top places have been occupied by males. The winner of this twelve-session event is Vladimir Zayakin, runner-up is Kirill Penkin, 3rd place is taken by Leonid Rogozin, all players are from Perm! The best female Elena Shalimova from Perm, chief organiser of the event, is at 12th position. As a side-event EMA riichi seminar took place prior to the tournament having brought 8 new EMA certified referees to the referees pool.

(from left) Damien Aunis (2nd), Angélo Maolet (1st), Sandra Berthommier (3rd) (photo credit: Karolina Trepinska)

RENNES, France - Angélo Maolet makes his re-entrance to the French riichi tournament circuit by winning the "Breizh Mahjong Tournament 2018" (RERS) scoring 113,600 points, followed by Damien Aunis with 91,500 points and Sandra Berthommier with 75,000 points.

Winner Masahiro Yaehata showing off his trophy. (photo credit: @LAPoM2)

Grapevine, Texas/USA - After a fierce battle on the second day Masahiro Yaehata wins the "Dallas Fort Worth Mahjong Riichi Open" (no RERS), bumping Tina Koshimoto, who was in the lead after the first day, to the second position. Hirotaka Takeuchi claims third place, followed by David Bresnick in fourth.

(from left) Dominik Hammerl (2nd), Sergey Tsyvinshi (1st), Roman Powęzka (3rd) (photo credit: Łukasz Grzybowski)

BRNO, Czech Republic - Sergey Tsyvinski (Сергей Цывинский) from Belarus, winner of the "Warsaw Mahjong Taikai 2017", emerges victorious at the first "Brno Riichi Championship" (RERS), scoring a staggering number of 212,900 points. Austrian player Dominik Hammerl, runner-up at the "Vienna Riichi Open 2018", trails with 132,200 points, and Roman Powęzka from Poland claims third position, scoring 103,300 points.

(left to right) Martha Pasterkamp (2nd), Ingrid Broeder (1st), Bert Claessen (3rd) (photo credit: 'Anpai')

BERGHEM, The Netherlands - MCR veteran Ingrid Broeder blossoms at the seventh edition of "Sakura Taikai" (RERS) scoring 139,600 points and taking first prize. "Valentine Tournament" winner Martha Pasterkamp is runner-up scoring 127,800 points, while Bert Claessen, one of the strongest all-round players in the Netherlands, secures the third place with 97,000 points.