Sunday 19 April 2015

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

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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 Mahjongtime.com for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.

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Holland takes most seats on WMC 2010


Theoretically, China or Japan may acquire larger quota than the Netherlands. For Asia, 60 seats are available. These will have to be divided by China, Japan and Chinese Taipei. Since, in the past, China never sent many players to European mahjong events, the Japanese may eventually outnumber the Dutch.

Other European countries with large quotas are France (15), Denmark (12), Italy (11) and Hungary (10), but these are considerably lower than the quota of the Netherlands. The distribution code has yet to be accepted by the World Mahjong Organization, but EMA and Dutch Mahjong Organizers are 'certain that they will support the proposal'.

A number of seats for the championships will be given away by the internet mahjong server MahjongTime, sponsor of the WMC 2010. Also, the best five players on next year's European Championship are quaified automatically.

The organizing continent gets the majority of the seats. So, 130 seats will be reserved for Europe. According to EMA, this will be the standard for future World Championships. Asia gets 60 seats. The 'Rest of the World' (which basically is only the USA) gets 20 seats.

The European quotas per country:


    * Austria: 8
    * Belgium: 3
    * Bosnia: 1
    * Denmark: 12
    * Finland: 2
    * France: 15
    * Germany: 7
    * Holland: 28
    * Hungary: 10
    * Italy: 11
    * Portugal: 3
    * Russia: 2
    * Slovakia: 3
    * Spain: 2
    * Sweden: 3
    * Switzerland:3
    * United Kingdom: 3
    * Rest of Europe: 4

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Quota in full detail, and the math behind it

Mahjong for big money


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