Lena Weinguny (Austria; left at the table) and, opposite her, Martijn Gulmans of the Netherlands, in the top 32 vying for a chance to be the next world champion.

LAS VEGAS, NA, USA - The nine qualifying hanchan are over, and the axe has fallen. Only the top 32 players carry on to the finals for the 2017 World Champion of Riichi Mahjong.

Westerners who made the cut include Lena Weinguny (AT), Martijn Gulmans (NL), Ossi Hirvola (FI), Martin Lester (UK), and Zachary Francks (US). The continued presence of Westerners in the final cut over the 2014 competition perhaps is testimony to the continuing caliber of players outside of Japan.

Qualified Finalists of the WRC 2017 

Place Name Score
1 TOMOTAKE, Masaharu 261.2
2 YAMADA, Hiroyuki 201.7
3 NISHIJIMA, Kazuhiko 200.8
4 NAKAMURA, Yutaka 196.2
5 MORIYAMA, Shigekazu 187
6 YOSHIDA, Yukio 174.4
7 WEINGUNY, Lena 172.4
8 TAKEDA, Yuki 171.8
9 KONNO, Shintaro 141.3
10 NIKAIDO, Aki 138.2
11 SUGIURA, Kansuke 132.1
12 SAKAI, Hidetaka 128.6
13 KUROSAWA, Kouichirou 127.7
14 MITO, Ryosuke 124.4
15 YAMADA, Manabu 124.3
16 AOI, Yurika 124.2
17 UOTANI, Yuumi 120.6
18 KONDO, Kazuo 119.8
19 YAMAWAKI, Chifumi 115.3
20 NAKAMURA, Shingo 113.5
21 KIKUHARA, Masato 108.7
22 HIRVOLA, Ossi 108.2
23 GULMANS, Martijn 107.8
24 LESTER, Martin 107.8
25 MASUDA, Ryuichi 106.7
26 TAKEDA, Katsuo 105.6
27 KUSABA, Tomoko 105.1
28 AKASHI, Minako 103.9
29 FRANCKS, Zachary 103.9
30 TOMOZOE, Toshiyuki 102.8
31 KUROKI, Masao 98.5
32 UCHIKAWA, Kotaro 96.7

Non Finalist Players (Places 33~224) 

Place Name Score
33 HAYAMA, Makoto 96.5
34 SAITO, Shun 96.4
35 TOKUDA, Kenneth 95.2
36 ASAPIN 92.2
37 SHIRATORI, Sho 88.4
38 UCHIDA, Minori 86.8
39 KAKIGI, Kentaro 85.9
40 SAKURAI, Takahiro 84.9
41 SHIBATA, Yoshikazu 79.8
42 SHAN, Yuanqi 78.5
43 RATSIMANDRESY, Joël 76.6
44 HIN, Tham 72.6
45 MORISHITA, Masato 72.2
46 LABAÅ , Matej 68.5
47 EBEJER, Aaron 66.6
48 NARA, Keijun 65.9
49 POH, Wolfram 63.2
50 LIU-KRASON, George 63
51 TEZUKA, Sakiku 62.7
52 KIM, Mio 60.9
53 KENNEDY, Ty 60.6
54 LEMOINE, Mark 59.4
55 ITO, Yuko 58.2
56 SANCHES, Amauri 57.9
57 AOYAMA, Shuusuke 56.6
58 MATUDA, Maya 56.3
59 MONAKOV, Ilya 51.9
60 ZUBENKO, Anna 50.3
61 KYAKUNO, Naoki 49.4
62 NØHR, Jesper 48.4
63 ADAMS, Ryan 48
64 KOZIMA, Yu 45
65 IGARASHI, Takeshi 42.5
66 CHRISTIANSEN, Freddy 41.8
67 TANIGUCHI, Kouhei 41.3
68 HYUGA, Kyosuke 41.1
69 BORYSIAK, Jacek 40.1
70 ALTERNATE 1 38.7
71 YAMAI, Hiroshi 38.6
72 JIANG, Zixuan 38.4
73 LENSU, Konsta 38.3
74 LEE, Bing Ho 37.2
75 NELSON, Evan 35.9
76 TO Anthony 35.6
77 ROJAS, Felipe 35
78 DRURY, Shaun 33.7
79 HAHN, Timur 33.6
80 ROSTVED, Frank 33.2
81 DINNYESI, Zoltan 33.1
82 SETOKUMA, Naoki 32.5
83 ABE, Kenichi 32.4
84 NAKAMURA, Tsuyoshi 31.9
85 JERGUÅ , Juraj 30.5
86 ŻUK, Bartosz 28.2
87 SAKAMOTO, Gemma 25.5
88 SONG, Panjing 24.6
89 SUGAWARA, Hiroe 24.5
90 CLARKE, David 23.4
91 ISHIHARA, Makoto 23.3
92 KIRIYAMA, Noriyuki 20.6
93 FUJISAKI, Satoshi 19.9
94 OSIPOV, Kirill 19.6
95 YOSHIDA, Tadashi 19.5
96 BRAGG, James 13.3
97 KAWATANI, Eigo 11.2
98 IDE, Kohei 11
99 TAKAMIYA, Mari 10.9
100 FUKUMITSU, Masao 10.5
101 WOŹNIAK, Mateusz 9.4
102 YOSHINO, Atsushi 8.5
103 MENEGAZZO, Gian 7.1
104 LI, Wenlong 6.9
105 GERMEYS, Jasper 5.8
106 CHEN, Chaolei 4.7
107 IGA, Norio 3.2
108 AOKI, Saya 2.4
109 NISHIKAWA, Toshiko 0.8
110 HIRANO, Ryoei 0
111 YARCHUK, Anton -1.3
112 CHO, Toshimasa -2.1
113 PERSSON, Stefan -2.1
114 KLAAR, Martijn -3.4
115 IVANOV, Maxim -3.7
116 MAIER, Roland -4.4
117 TOMISSER, Manuel -7.4
118 SAITO, Maiko -8.5
119 MAEHARA, Yudai -10.1
120 ALLOATI, Matias -10.3
121 MCDONELL, Charles -12
122 ZAMORA, Shane -12
123 NAKAMURA, Jyunko -12.1
124 PALMERO, Lucas -14.5
125 SCHEYER, Allon -15.3
126 KIYOHARA, Tsugumitsu -15.5
127 DI DOMENICO, Annabel -16.7
128 LI, Jian -19.5
129 SIBATA, Hiro -19.8
130 MIYAUCHI, Kozue -20.7
131 LI, Hong -21.7
132 STEENHOLM, Isabel -22
133 JER, Cheo Kae -23.3
134 KOSHIMOTO, Tina -23.6
135 LIU, Yixuan -24.3
136 PENG, Wang -25.3
137 IWAI, Tomoaki -26.4
138 MCLEOD, Michael -26.5
139 HAASBROEK, Nicole -27.1
140 NELSON, Garthe -27.4
141 CAO, Olivier -27.7
142 LETH, Henrik -27.7
143 NEBILAK, Kira -29.5
144 NISHIKAWA, Jun -30
145 TSUCHIYA, Yukihiro -30.3
146 ROWE, Christopher -31.1
147 SHI, Kevin -32.6
148 MORENO, Daniel -35.4
149 FURUHASHI, Takashi -36.9
150 HORVAT, Vadim -38.8
151 WHITCOMB, Andrew -40.3
152 Jenn -40.8
153 ESCHENBURG, Axel -41.2
154 TOJYOU, Rio -41.4
155 HANNIKAINEN, Janne -42.2
156 LUGOVKIN, Mikhail -45.9
157 MYERS, Matt -46
158 WAKULUK, Marek -46.7
159 MCCORMACK, Jaben -47
160 TONG, Tong -49.6
161 ROYER, Sylvain -50.8
162 DIZON, Edwin -52.2
163 OLSSON, Fritiof -52.8
164 WANKMULLER, Alexander -53.5
165 DONAGHY, Michael -58.1
166 LUI, Kinyan -61.4
167 ANDERSEN, Morten -62.3
168 WANG, Bichen -62.8
169 HAAPSAMO, Anne-Mari -63.1
170 BOGDANOV, Vladimir -65.2
171 KUROSAKI, Aruto -65.5
172 LAI, Si -66.5
173 HSIEH, Anthony -68.4
174 LI, David -70.4
175 GAU, Vincent -70.9
176 DUCKWORTH, John -72.9
177 LIN Kevin -73
178 VYSHIVANNAYA, Oxana -73.3
179 BELLAY, Ondrej -76.1
180 PUSCHMANN, Lukas -80.2
181 AIDA, Hiyori -81.1
182 SHIFRIN, Andrey -83.8
183 ROOS, Frauke -90.1
184 SASAKI, Hisato -90.2
185 BABA, Kenji -91
186 OGASAHARA, Nao -91.2
187 KIRJOKANGAS, Mikko -94.9
188 WOLSKA, Oliwia -96.2
189 HUSOM, Glenn Ivar -97.6
190 GAN, Ryan -98.2
191 KOLENDA, Dominik -98.5
192 CHIN, Gregory -98.6
193 HALPERIN, Rachel -99.2
194 HAINES, Mark -99.8
195 HUYNH, Joe-Calberson -100.1
196 HAYASHI, Kenyuu -100.6
197 MAHONEY, Grant -101.9
198 GORDULA, Aldwin -102.8
199 BURNHAM, Daniel -103.6
200 NISHIKAWA, Mai -105.6
201 BOAS, Benjamin -107.8
202 MASUI, Takashi -110.5
203 RIEDEL, Thomas -116.6
204 ZAHRADNIK, Michael -122.3
205 ROBISON, Aidan -122.9
206 MARTIN, Philipp -124.4
207 SUGIMOTO, Yuuji -130.5
208 MILLER, Scott -130.7
209 MARKO, Michal -134.8
210 HANSEN, Sheila -136.1
211 RINFRET, Anne -144.4
212 HOOGLAND, Ans -146.2
213 PICARD, Simon -148.1
214 DOPPELHOFER, Alexander -153.8
215 ABDOLLAHI, Philip -154.2
216 FIGONI, Pablo -154.4
217 MATOS, Sérgio -158.1
218 GAHLER, Daniel -160.4
219 CHRISTENSEN, Tina -168.4
220 RIDEOUT, Shane -169.7
221 STUMMEYER, Ilka -170.4
222 HOOGLAND, Cor -171.2
223 FELT, Tuvya -172.3
224 MELGOZA, Arthur -342.8

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