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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Alfonso Madruga Amazes at Berlicum

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BERLICUM, 's-HERTOGENBOSCH - When you win al four hanchan (sessions) of a riichi tournament, then you really deserve to win the tournament. But the way Frenchman Alfonso Madruga did it today at Berlicum. the Netherlands, was so impressive that his record probably will not be broken for a long time.

sakura685After three hanchan, Alfonso was the undisputed leader of the ranking so the competition did not have much hope to win the Cherry Blossom Tournament (MERS 1) instead of him. He did not plan to give then that hope. In the last hanchan, he scored Suu Ankou (four concealed pongs) on a tsumo (self draw) while on East. That single hand earned him 56,000 from his adversaries.

For one year, Alfonso now is the owner of the Frans Roquas Challenge Trophy, named after the man who introduced riichi mahjong to the Netherlands.

In the final ranking, the competition followed at a respectful distance. Dutch Ton Rijnders, with just over 100,000 points behind, was the runner-up, while Gertjan Davies took the third place.

Berlicum

sakura667It was the first time the Cherrry Blossom Tournament took place at Berlicum, some 40 kilometres from Nijmegen where it has been held for a long time. After last year's tournament, John and Els Kuijpers took over the organisation from Sjef Strik and Martin Rep, and translated the name into Japanese, i.e. Sakura Taikai.  The Cherry Blossom Tournament, which was launched in 2000 (it then was called Dutch Championship Riichi Mahjong), also was the largest European riichi competition. The village of Berlicum is somewhat harder to reach than Nijmegen, yet a satisfying number of 48 players subscribed to the well-organized event, amongst whom five from France and one from the UK.  

 

Pictures of the tournament

Final results of the Cherry Blossom Tournament (Sakura Taikai) 2012

Rank.First N.Last N.Nat.H1H2H3H4Tot.
1 Alfonso  Madruga FRA 50000 52500 38700 89500 230700
2 Ton  Rijnders NLD 50800 19800 11400 47500 129500
3 Gertjan  Davies NLD 70400 -18300 13100 54900 120100
4 Désirée  Heemskerk NLD 52200 -5300 12900 51200 111000
5 John  Kuijpers NLD 52000 44500 -19200 23800 101100
6 Dicky  Rep NLD 35800 -42200 57500 33700 84800
7 Martin  Rep NLD 13600 67300 8700 -15700 73900
8 Quentin  Thomas FRA -15300 22900 47800 12800 68200
9 Sjef  Strik NLD 3300 6100 54100 1700 65200
10 Pauline van der Linden NLD -18800 20300 59000 3200 63700
11 Valérian  Thomas FRA 49700 40400 -57200 12800 45700
12 Sohana Ma Prem Troostheide NLD -7100 39800 17300 -12600 37400
13 André  Rijnders NLD -17700 -18400 91700 -20000 35600
14 Eveline  Broers NLD 18500 19400 47900 -51200 34600
15 Marianne  Croeze NLD 41500 -16700 -3200 8500 30100
16 Jaap  Croeze NLD 20700 -15000 47300 -27000 26000
17 Hanneke  Morel NLD 43100 4300 47100 -69500 25000
18 Julie  Gacser FRA 16000 18200 -56100 45000 23100
19 Alexander  Dienaar NLD 12600 13900 -48500 44300 22300
20 Ingrid  Broeder NLD -21100 52900 -34900 25000 21900
21 Janine  Scholtemeijer NLD -12300 28300 -40900 46700 21800
22 Gemma  Collinge GBR 12700 -21400 19000 11000 21300
23 Zeger  de Jong NLD -49300 47300 63000 -40400 20600
24 Martha  Pasterkamp NLD 47500 -51800 -45700 61300 11300
25 Cor  Hoogland NLD 16500 -8000 -12500 13900 9900
26 Wil  Meijer-Kal NLD -38000 41800 20800 -17100 7500
27 Leni  Janssen NLD 44600 -46200 -19300 11700 -9200
28 Harry  Kal NLD -11000 -43400 -17200 59300 -12300
29 Bert  Claessen NLD 21000 -39100 51600 -47700 -14200
30 Yuji  Ohori FRA -38800 14200 30100 -21100 -15600
31 Ad  van der Linden NLD -47100 56500 -19300 -12400 -22300
32 Ans  Hoogland NLD -45000 -17400 -14200 52100 -24500
33 Gerda  van Oorschot NLD 9100 8000 15400 -57300 -24800
34 Diana  van de Wetering NLD 39900 -18600 -31500 -29000 -39200
35 Paula Rijnders-PG NLD 7500 45500 -55300 -41000 -43300
36 Anneke  Keyl NLD -17000 54600 -45900 -42500 -50800
37 Albert  de Bakker NLD -42400 -59000 6200 42200 -53000
38 Roy de Treek NLD -44800 41500 -30600 -38600 -72500
39 Patrick  Hafkenscheid NLD -38300 -51700 53400 -42400 -79000
40 Yvonne  Heemskerk NLD -17700 10200 -63100 -9400 -80000
41 Dimphy  van Grinsven NLD -15600 -42100 -19400 -7900 -85000
42 Janco  Onnink NLD 5800 -78200 -40700 23500 -89600
43 Yvonne  van der Heide NLD -37800 -8800 11700 -54800 -89700
44 Marjan  Demmer NLD -12500 -11500 -23400 -43200 -90600
45 Rick  Sorgdrager NLD -11400 -40500 -16600 -46700 -115200
46 Maurice  Demmer NLD -62000 -55400 9400 -21700 -129700
47 Toos  Firing NLD -51500 -12000 -53100 -19200 -135800
48 Dieta  Onderwater NLD -62300 -49200 -67300 12800 -166000


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