Saturday 28 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn

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KATHMANDU Nepal, February 21st - When I first arrived in Kathmandu, the airport arrivals curb was busy and alive! The locals, noting a foreigner had arrived in their midst, surrounded me asking me all manner of questions as to the nature of my stay. Was I there to climb Mount Everest? Was I in need of a Sherpa guide? Did I have a ride to base camp at the foot of the mountain? Looking around at my fellow passangers, and the gear they were collecting from the terminal, there among them were backpack frames, ropes, cleated boots, and all manner of climbing paraphinalia. There was no doubt Kathmandu was the launching basin for brave expeditions to climb up the face of the tallest and most formidible mountain in the world. But I was in Kathmandu to conquer a mountain of a different sort; a mountan of tiles—Mahjong.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.

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Mother Gabriele keeps ahead of daughter Doris

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GURK, Austria - Gabriele Salmutter from Austria has won the Open Gurk MCR Tournament, the first tournament in a series of two where players can win the Gourmet Cup 2012. Last year, the cup was won by Gabrieles daughter Doris, who now ended in 16th position.

Runner-up at Gurk was Marco Montebelli from Italy, third place was for Günter Gintsberger from Austria. There were 40 participants. 

Part 2 of the competition will take place in the Italian town of Udine, next month.

The final results of the Open Gurk Tournament 2012

Rank. First N. Last N. Nat. TP MP
1 Gabriele Sallmutter  AUT 20 630
2 Marco Montebelli  ITA 17 1267
3 Günter Gintsberger  AUT 17 476
4 Marco Foschi  ITA 17 409
5 Otto Myslivec  AUT 17 144
6 Günter Witschnig  AUT 16 399
7 Martin Scheichenbauer  AUT 15 251
8 Eszter Varnai  HUN 15 249
9 Alexander Doppelhofer  AUT 14 370
10 Elisabeth Frischenschlager  AUT 14 159
11 Edeltraud Maresch  AUT 14 29
12 Martin Hoffmann  AUT 13 389
13 Davide Montanari  ITA 12 225
14 Elvira Kraxner  AUT 12 127
15 Walter Seiser  AUT 11,5 191
16 Doris Sallmutter  AUT 11 359
17 Stefan Tschinkel  AUT 11 206
18 Eberhard Riha  AUT 11 61
19 Nagy Magdolna Bogárné  HUN 11 33
20 Ildikó Hargitai  HUN 10 276
21 Anton Aldrian  AUT 10 -138
22 Giusy Argentiero  ITA 10 -144
23 Norbert Tschinkel  AUT 9 -130
24 Johannes Scott-Weijers  GBR 9 -263
25 Philipp Tschinkel  AUT 8 -176
26 Serena Porrati  ITA 8 -179
27 Franz Maresch  AUT 8 -266
28 Augusto Gherardi  ITA 8 -345
29 Hermine Felsberger  AUT 8 -468
30 Maria Aldrian  AUT 7 -184
31 Alessia Cosmo  ITA 7 -195
32 Margret Stollwitzer  AUT 7 -267
33 Miria Maretelli  ITA 7 -396
34 Helmut Riegler  AUT 7 -400
35 Gerald Santner  AUT 7 -508
36 Felix Divjak  AUT 6,5 -335
37 Romana Divjak  AUT 6 -131
38 Ernest Glaser  AUT 5 -255
39 Wilhelm Alexejew  AUT 3 -502
40 Monika Alexejew  AUT 1 -968

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