(from left:) Gemma Sakamoto (2nd), Ans Hoogland (1st), Axl Eschenburg (3rd)

AACHEN, Germany - After eight sessions over two days Dutch Ans Hoogland won the fourth edition of the "Aachen Riichi Open". Runner-up is British Gemma Sakamoto, followed by German Axl Eschenburg. In total forty players representing eight countries participated. Last year's victor French Joe-Calberson Huynh took a modest thirty-first position.

(from left): Alexey Leontiev (3rd), Arslan Mandjiev (1st), Vladimir Korobeynikov (2nd), Grishin Viktor (4th) (photo credit: Irina Konishcheva)

MOSCOW, Russia - May 20 was the last day of "A-League" - a tournament of 20 hanchan featuring most of the strongest Moscow riichi-players. The tournament used official rules of Japanese Professional Mahjong League (JPML).

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) Oleksandr Chernenko (3rd), Danil Shatokhin (1st), Boris Moroz (2nd), organizer Maksym Ivanov (photo credit: Sergey Ignatov)

KYIV, Ukraine - After two days and eight hanchan Danil Shatokhin claims victory in the "Kyiv Riichi Open 2018" (no RERS) scoring 110,900 points, followed by Boris Moroz with 105,400 points, and Oleksandr Chernenko, winner at the "Kharkiv Open 2017", with 97,600 points.

(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.