Saturday 29 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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‘You will see me back. I like to travel’

wmc2010alladanUTRECHT - During each day of the World Mahjong Championship, Mahjong News talked with Russian player Alla Danilevskaya from Saint Petersburg. How did she do the last day?

All About Alla - Day 3

“I had dreamed about a position in the top-twenty, but that dream did not come true. Today, I won just 2 table points.

“In the first morning session, I had many ready hands. One time I was already waiting after three discards, and I really wanted to draw the winning tile myself because of the high pay-out. Anton [Kösters] discarded the tile I needed, but I let it go. But after that, Anton picks the winning tile from the wall…”

Anton, sitting next to her as we have our little interview, nods. “In that session, I had six self-picks”, he acknowledges.

Alla: “He picked almost all of them, and he never threw me a nice tile…

“In the second session today I played against a Chinese, a German and a French player. It was me against the Chinese all the time: I win, she wins; I win, she wins. With just 10 minutes to go, the difference between is was just 8 points. Then she discarded the winning tile, but this time not to me, but to the French. Eventually, the difference between us was just 5 points.”

And now, the WMC2010 is over. What was your greatest experience?

“I was very lucky, and I did pretty well. I think the greatest thing was that I had a chance to play against so many strong players. At home in Saint Petersburg, in our company there are not so many who play MCR.”

Will we see you at other international championships?

“If I can qualify for the OEMC 2011 in Venice - absolutely.”

Or other national championships, perhaps?

“I am not planning to go to Berlin this autumn. But maybe I will go to the Italian championship in Milan. I like to travel and to see beautiful cities.”

 

In the final classification of the WMC, Alla Danilevskaya ended on position 45, with 20 table points and 414 mini-points.


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