GRAPEVINE, Texas - After a giant upset in the 3rd hanchan winning a Thirteen Orphans (Kokushi Muso), Tina Koshimoto carried on to take the Dallas Fort Worth tournament with 89.45 points, followed closest by James Bragg with 80, and Daniel Moreno with 77.75.
The tournament in Grapevine (Texas) hosted sixteen players. The number one player won herself an invitation for the World Riichi Championship, later this year in Las Vegas.
Donnie Clark reports:
Eight hanchan were played over two days at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. It began with six pre-seated hanchan, after which all scores were halved prior to the 7th hanchan semi-final locking the top 8 into an upper bracket. Following that, the top 8 were broken into a first and secondary bracket for the final hanchan.
Day one saw a couple of players, James Bragg and Ryan Adams, distinguish themselves early by recording some large points that carried them into the final cut. Daniel Moreno started modestly, but was the only player to record consistently positive points throughout the entire tournament granting him a seat at the final table as well.
Tina Koshimoto started the first day with negative points in hanchan 1 and 2, but made a huge hit in hanchan 3 with a Kokushi yakuman off of another player who was already stuck in noten riichi, saving him from the chombo but doing more damage to his score sinking it well into negative.
On day two she recorded much stronger hanchan which carried her to the top table as well, and eventually winning the tournament after covering the 20 points needed (the last of which secured in South 4 - it was tense!) to unseat Daniel Moreno who ranked first after hanchan 7.
In hanchan 6 played on day two, Scott Clark and Peter Burgos, seated at different tables but both of whom were ranging in the upper end of the bottom bracket, both scored dealer yakuman hands with su anko and shot into the upper bracket before the cutoff at hanchan 7.
The biggest and most disappointing fall came from Eric Nguyen. Although he made the top eight cut for round 7, he was caught in noten riichi which converted to a chombo and further lost enough points to take his table score into the negatives from which he never recovered. Eric scored 8th due to the locked brackets but recorded the lowest final score of the tournament with -85.75 points.
Overall I feel that there was some strong riichi played and the top four players each earned their seats at the final table with good play. I also feel that the winner, Tina Koshimoto, played well and worked hard for her victory.
Final Results of the DFW Mahjong Open (Riichi, No MERS), Grapevine
|7||Scott Clark (M Sudano)||-27.6|