The top four of the Dallas Forth Worth 2017 Tournament. (Photos credit Donnie Clark)

GRAPEVINE, Texas - After a gorgeous upset in the 3rd hanchan winning a Thirteen Orphans (Kokushi Muso), Tina Koshimoto carried on to take the DFW Mahjong Riichi Open 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, all from the United States. The number one player won herself an invitation for the World Riichi Championship, later this year in Las Vegas.

David Clark (2nd), Mark LeMoine (1st), and Taka Teshima (3rd).

LINKÖPING, Sweden - After the fourth hanchan in the Swedish Riichi Open, Mark LeMoine (SWE) was trailing in third with 68.6 behind the razor-thin margin between Daina Chiba (GBR) and Wenlong Li (CHN) who held 80.2 and 80.0 points respectively. But it the end, it was Mark LeMoine who managed to finish strong and take 1st place with 97.2, followed by runner-up David Clark with 76.2, and Taka Teshima with 67.9.

Podium of the Sakura Taikai 2017.

OSS, the Netherlands – Less than two months after the ‘Fuyu Taikai’ at Oss, Dutch player Ans Hoogland today again stood on the podium in this mahjong hall. But this time, she had to allow two players before her. After hanchan 1 and 2, Ans was in the lead, but she did bad in hanchan #3 and 5. Veteran player Janco Onnink now was the strongest, with over 37,000 points before the runner-up, Diana van de Wetering. Ans Hoogland was happy to win the third prize.

Overview of the Great Wave tournament.

ESPOO, Finland - Sakari Helokunnas is the winner of the Great Wave Tournament, concluded today in the Finnish town of Espoo. Janne Hannikainen was the runner-up, with just 600 points more than the number three player, Yuanqi Shan.

‘Mister’ and ‘Miss’ Riichi, Zeyu Sun and Nicole Haasbroek, are laureated.

PARIS - Richi mahjong has two new champions. Today, in Paris, the first ‘Miss Riichi’ and ‘Mister Riichi’ were honoured after the tournament of the same name. The title of ‘Mister Riichi’ went to the male player with the most wins during the tournament: Zeyu Sun, who also was the winner of the tournament itself; the title of ‘Miss Riichi’ was for the female with the most wins, Nicole Haasbroek from the Netherlands.

Winners of the Moscow JPML-A Tournament.

MOSCOW - The first Russian tournament following the Japanese Professional Mahjong League Rules set A (JPML-A) riichi rules took place in Moscow on 11 March 2017 in the place where Tesuji, the oldest riichi-club in Moscow, holds their meetings. There were forty players participating. The tournament consisted of four hanchan, with a fifth hanchan for top twenty players.

Podium of the Poteto Tournament, from left: 1. Dominik Kolenda, 2. Oliwia Wolska, 3. Jacek Borysiak, 4. Martyna Krajewska.

POZNAN, Poland - Dominik Kolenda is the winner of the Poznan ‘Poteto’ Tournament which was held today in the Polish city of Poznan, with a small margin before his fellow-countrywoman Oliwia Wolska.