Tuesday 02 September 2014

Danish2014PodiumDENMARK, August 31st - Three nations and twenty-four competitors gathered in Denmark for the 2014 Danish Riichi Championships. Markus Kruse bested the rest with 186,400 points, followed by his closest competitor Brian Krog, with Janne Gröndahl finishing third.

  

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Talking with Stefania from Florence (IV)

Disastro!

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MESTRE - There’s an open seat next to Stefanie Gori, some ten minutes before the closing ceremony of the OEMC2011 will start. When I sit down, she looks misanthropically and shakes her head. “A disaster”, she says. So I write on my memo pad, in Italian: ‘DISASTRO’. Now she laughs again.
She gives a survey of her results of the past days. “The first day was good. But the rest - it was very disappointing. In the end, I had 19 table points in total.”
After Day 1, Stefanie was on position number 6, so she was rather hopeful about reaching her aim: making it to the top-twenty.
Rather than complaining about what did not happen, she tells me that she had a very good time after all. “It was a very nice experience”, she says. “I liked itvery much. It is quite different from playing in our club. The silence. The concentration. The competitors played very seriously, but relaxed as well. I have seen no animosity at my tables. Yes, I liked it very much. I only wish I would have played better.”


The last day - two sessions - you scored just 2 points in total. What went wrong, Stefania?
“In the first session, until the last game, everyone was pretty equal. But… And in the last session,  this Frenchman went wild. No one could reach him.”

Eventually, Stefania was classified on position 49.

Mille grazie, Stefania! It was nice talking with you!


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