Wednesday 22 April 2015

Cyrille Rak Cracks the Case as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong!

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LONDON 17 April 2015 - It was an unsolved mystery that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-eight detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers. Cyrille Rak solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding him 1st place as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong, followed by Konsta Lensu and Sylvain Malbec.

Congratulations also to Vitaly Novikov, author of the riddles and coordinator of the contest, for his most successful season of mysteries to date, and for a contest excellently done.

A special thanks also to Mahjongtime.com for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.

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These are the special flower tiles of the OEMC2011

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VENICE - No European championship without a special mahjong set. For the OEMC2011, the organizers have a set designed with flower tiles that depict some icons from the countless monuments and artefacts from the Italian history.

On four of the flowers (or seasons - the difference used in mahjong is never quite clear), the blue ones, monuments are displayed.

On the red flower tiles, icons are displayed that have a connection with Venice. (The OEMC2011 takes place at Mestre, which is just opposite Venice, on the 'Italian mainland'.)

The special sets are usually highly in demand. For the mahjong players, they mean a unique souvenir of the championship. For the organizers, the sets are a way to try and balance the books. The price of the mahjong set edition 2011 is not known yet.

The special flowers and how they look in real life

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Colosseum (Colosseo) of Rome.  
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Cathedral (Duomo) of Milan.  
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Cathedral (Duomo) of Florence.
 
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Leaning tower (Torre) of Pisa.  
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Gondola of Venice.  
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Rose window (rosone) of the Ca' d'oro (Golden House) in Venice.
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Rowlock (forcóla) of the Venetian gondola.
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The lion of the Saint Marc church in Venice. The picture on the mahjong tile is rotated a quarter turn.

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