Diary of the World Mahjong Championship 2007 - Diary of the World Mahjong Championship 2007
- Created on Monday, 05 November 2007 09:22
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Martin Rep
Let the games begin!
EMEI SHAN, November 3, 2007 - After the Second Open European Championship, last summer in Copenhagen, some optimistic mahjong scientists said that it were no longer the Chinese and the Japanese who had dominated the tournament, like they had done in Nijmegen, two years earlier. So the prospects for the World Mahjong Championship in Chengdu looked pretty good.
Well - er... now it is the evening of the first tournament day. Three sessions ('ju') have been played. And who top the individual ranking of 120 players? Right - it's the Chinese and the Japanese again.
There are nine players with a score of 100 percent: six Chinese and three Japanese. Then there are a number of players with 10 points, and way after them, with 9 points, there is the first European player. She's Erika Mago from Hungary. Four European players have 8 points: Jerome Bonifas from France, Désirée Heemskerk from the Netherlands, Nusretha Mauthner from Bosnia-H and Alexander Doppelhofer from Austria. (Also the Japanese/American player John O'Connor, number 2 in Tokyo 2002, has 8 points.)
So far for the news of the day (scroll down for the results of the Dutch). What's most important, is the atmosphere during this tournament in the 'healthy and scientific mahjong'. Well, it is very friendly indeed. It's greet to se back all those mahjong players from all over the world. Many friendships are renewed, e.g. with Masato Chiba, winner of the first OEMC; with Benjamin Boas (the American who is studying mahjong culture in Japan and who is envied by everyone); with 'Andy', the optimistic Chinese organizer/interpreter, with Mai Hatsune - no, where in the world is Mai Hatsune? Why is she not defending her world title she won in Tokyo in 2002?
Different stories are told. Some say she has not practised Mahjong Competition Rules for a long time. Others say she could not find a sponsor. It's hard to find the real truth. Anyway - we surely miss her.
Okay, finally the results of the Dutch players:
Jade Team: Yvonne vd Heide - 2 points; Jeroen Meijer 6 pts; Wil Meijer 6 points; Harry Kal 2 pts. Golden Dragon Team: Martin Rep 5 pts; Dicky Rep 1 point; Anton Kösters 7 points; Rudi Wong-Chung 2 pts; Rotterdam Team: Marianne Croeze 5 pts; Jaap Croeze 4 pts; Désirée Heemskerk 8 pts; Adrie v Geffen 6 pts. Frans Roquas: 6 points.