Saturday 25 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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Also Austria interested in next EC Riichi

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COPENHAGEN - Three EMA member countries have shown interest to organize the next European riichi mahjong championship: Austra, France and the Netherlands. On the last day of 2011, the deadline was passed for countries to candidate themselves for the ECR2013. EMA will come to a decision after April 1st.

Interest

According to Tina Christensen, president of the European Mahjong Association, the French have sent EMA ‘an expression of interest’ to organize the competition. “But”, says Mrs. Christensen, “they are not ready to submit a proposal before April or May, because they want to see how it goes with their riichi tournament in March.”

In that month, the TNT Riichi Tournament will take place at Puteaux near Paris in France. This will be the first riichi tournament in France, organized by a genuine riichi club, i.e. TNT: Tri Nitro Tiles. (The first riichi tournament in France, the French Riichi Open in March last year, was an initiative by the French mahjong federation, and mainly organized by MCR-players.)

Until now, there are no further details available yet about the Austrian proposal.

Antwerp

The Dutch have submitted a more complete proposal, although they are of the opinion that  it is not yet their turn. It was the Dutch who, together with the Hanover mahjong club, organized the first EC Riichi in Hanover, 2008; besides, the Dutch Mahjong Association just recently organized the world (MCR) championship mahjong at Utrecht (2010).

Remarkably enough, the proposal mentions the Belgian city of Antwerp as the likely venue for the championship. The Dutch have chosen for this venue since Dutch accommodations are much more expensive than in Belgium, although still options within the Dutch borders will be examined. Antwerp is situated just 50 kilometers from the Dutch border; moreover, the Dutch and the Flemish speak the same language.

In their proposal, a maximum subscription fee for the players of €99 is mentioned. Just as was the case during the two previous ECR’s, the Antwerp tournament will be completed in two days (nine hanchan, or sessions).



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