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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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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