'Dr. Mahjong' proudly showing his trophy.

ALPHEN / Rhine, the Netherlands - Jelte Rep is one of the founding fathers of organized mahjong in the Netherlands. Not alone did he write several books about his favorite pastime, he also designed the first Excel spreadsheets to keep up the scores easier during tournaments, he organized a number of tournaments in his residence Hilversum (the Dutch ‘Radio City’), he teaches mahjong at the ‘Peoples University’ and he was an important source of inspiration for the founding of the Dutch Mahjong League. But not until today at the town of Alphen, Mr. Rep (now 76), won an official tournament. Of course in his favorite type mahjong, Dutch Tournament Rules, the local variant of the old-fashioned classical Chinese game.

Podium of the Hilversum tournament. Sandra van de Berkt, Jelle Duinsbergen, Jenneke Kragt (from left).

HILVERSUM - The White Dragon Tournament, the ‘friendliest tournament of the Netherlands’, today was won by Jelle Duinsbergen. It was the 18th edition of this Chinese Classical style competition, one of the oldest tournaments of the country.