Li Li World Champion Mahjong 2007
- Published on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 16:15
- Written by Martin Rep
CHENGU - Li Li, a Chinese student of Tsinghua University, is the new world champion in mahjong. During the World Mahjong Championship (WMC), concluded today in Chengdu, he scored the best results after seven 'ju' (sessions) and the eighth, final ju. He is the successor of Mai Hatsune from Japan, the winner (in 2002) of the World Championship in Mahjong in Tokyo. Mai Hatsune did not compete in Chengdu to defend her title.Runner-up was Zhang Zhangfei, also from China, whilst the third place was for a Japanese: Minoru Imaeda. Amongst the 16 players who were admitted to the final round, was just one non-Asian player: Ms. Désirée Heemskerk from the Netherlands, who ended on position # 10. There were 144 players: from China, Japan, Europe (represented by the European Mahjong Association, EMA) and the United States.
The best team was China Shanxi Jiexiu (94 table points), followed by China Shanghai Zhangjiang (83 points) and Japan Mahjong Sport Association Osaka (80). Best non-Asian team was Désirée's Rotterdam team, on position number 11 (63 points).
During the Award Ceremony, which took place some hours after the WMC, the new world champion received an invitation to come and play in the Open European Mahjong Championship 2009, which will be held in Baden (Austria), near Vienna. His airline ticket, hotel cost and subscription fee will be paid by the organizing committee of OEMC 2009.
Final results WMC 2007 individual
Final results WMC 2007 teams
Mr. Martin Rep, editor of Mahjong News, was in Chengdu to play in the WMC, together with his wife Dicky. Five years ago, both also played in the 2002 World Championship in Mahjong, which was held in Tokyo, Japan. Read his 'Chengdu Diary'.
Another World Series
The World Mahjong Championship and the World Series are not to be confused with the '2007 World Series of Mahjong'. This tournament took place in Macau last June, with large money prizes. The first prize, half a million US dollar, was won by a player from Hong Kong. Also, on this tournament not the Mahjong Competition Rules were used, but the Zung Jung (Hong Kong mahjong variant) rules.
More info about the Macau tournament
The 2002 World Championship in Mahjong
The 'First World Mahjong Championship' is organized by the World Mahjong Organization, which was founded during the Third Open China Majiang Championship 2006 (Beijing). However, the WMC is actually the second world championship in mahjong. The very first championship was held in Tokyo, November 2002, in co-operation between the Mahjong Museum, the city council of Ningbo (China) and the Japan Mahjong Organizing Committee (JMOC). These organizations have supported initiatives for the foundation of WMO, as an international body to take care of a world mahjong championship on a regular base.
Thus, JMOC and WMO have agreed on calling the WMC 2007 the 'First World Mahjong Championship'.
More about the 2002 World Championship in Mahjong