Monday 20 April 2015

Cyrille Rak Cracks the Case as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong!


LONDON 17 April 2015 - It was an unsolved mystery that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-eight detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers. Cyrille Rak solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding him 1st place as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong, followed by Konsta Lensu and Sylvain Malbec.

Congratulations also to Vitaly Novikov, author of the riddles and coordinator of the contest, for his most successful season of mysteries to date, and for a contest excellently done.

A special thanks also to for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.



Reaching for Hanover 2010

Amongst the latter are Poland (where only recently a mahjong association has been initialized) and the UK (where the number of interested players by far outnumber the available seats).

“We have had a request to increase the number of players”, says Ilka. “But that is impossible. Just eighty people can play in the Hanover Jazz Club. If we would have to move to another venue, we would have exploding cost.” Ilka is happy to be a member of the board of the jazz club, which means she can hire the location for quite a reasonable price.



Jenn BarrThe interest for riichi mahjong is growing at fast pace. In at least four EMA member-countries, a hard qualification is fought out: in Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Ilka: “Hoping for some spare seats, I contacted all countries that sent players to the first ECR. According to what I got back from them, they all will send as many players as their limits allow. Even the US will be represented again. Jenn Barr and Garthe Nelson already confirmed that they plan to come. And the last US seat will go to a newy founded MJ association in New York, the US Professional Mahjong League.”
It means that in Japan there is great interest in the event. The Japanese are entitled to send six players. But Garthe and Jenn also live there. It is not known yet if Benjamin Boas, another ‘Japanese American’, will be able to make it to Hanover.

Comments (3)Comments are closed
1Friday, 01 January 2010 11:23
Mark Chizhenok
It is all very interesting but there is a lack of official information about this tournament (number of seats, quotas, schedule etc.). Does the organizers have a website for the tournament? What are the deadlines for player's nomination/registration? What are the quotas?
Friday, 01 January 2010 13:28
Adrie van Geffen
Some information can be found on the website of the organisers:
You will have to look at the older entries (page 2 and 3) and you will need to brush up on your knowledge of the German language. Quota are understandable for all (I think).
2Friday, 01 January 2010 16:51
Mahjong News
Hi Mark

The EC riichi web site will be opened soon. And the quota's for the championship you can find in Mahjong News - of course ;-)
3Tuesday, 05 January 2010 14:12
there will also be a dedicated site, but you will also find all relevant information, links and updates on
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