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Osamu Kumagai Wins Kyoto Cherry Blossom Cup

Winners plus organizer Koji Idota (photo credit: Bernard Ang)

KYOTO, Japan - After eight sessions over the course of two days Osamu Kumagai (熊谷 修) wins the "京都桜杯 2018" ("Kyoto Cherry Blossom Cup 2018") scoring 26 table points and 984 mini-points. Runner-up is Kimito Kugimiya (釘宮 公人) with 21 table points and 627 mini-points, followed by Masako Ito (伊藤 雅子), who scored an equal amount of table points but less mini-points (a total of 285). Yasuhiro Kitaura, the winner of the previous edition, secures an honorable fourth spot.

Heated Riichi Battle in Brno's Cold War Bunker

Unique location for a heated battle. (photo credit: Łukasz Grzybowski)

BRNO, Czechia - At the moment thirty-two riichi players representing nine countries are battling it out during the first "Brno Riichi Championship" (RERS) at an unique location: '10-Z', the local highly classified nuclear fallout shelter. After the first day (four hanchan) Siarhei Tsyvinski from Belarus, victor of the "Warsaw Mahjong Taikai 2017", is in the lead, scoring 131,800 points, followed by former European Riichi Champion and host Martin Diviš with 129,100 points. In third position is Czechia's highest ranked EMA player and host Radka Pernicova with 87,500 points. On the schedule for tomorrow are four more hanchan.

Masahiro Yaehata Takes Control At DFW Mahjong Riichi Open

Winner Masahiro Yaehata showing off his trophy. (photo credit: @LAPoM2)

Grapevine, Texas/USA - After a fierce battle on the second day Masahiro Yaehata wins the "Dallas Fort Worth Mahjong Riichi Open" (no RERS), bumping Tina Koshimoto, who was in the lead after the first day, to the second position. Hirotaka Takeuchi claims third place, followed by David Bresnick in fourth.

Marco Foschi And Qian Vollmann-Gao Rule Gemona

(from left) Norbert Tschinkel (2nd), Marco Foschi (1st), Valentina Morigi (3rd)

GEMONA, Italy - Marco Foschi wins the "Gourmet Cup II" (MERS) scoring 21 table points and 1038 mini-points, followed by Norbert Tschinkel with 19 table points and 558 mini-points, and Valentina Morigi with an equal amount of table points and 339 mini-points. Qian Vollmann wins the Gourmet Cup 2018 since she has the best accumulated results in the combined Italian-Austrian competition. 

Ingrid Broeder Flourishes At Sakura Taikai

(left to right) Martha Pasterkamp (2nd), Ingrid Broeder (1st), Bert Claessen (3rd) (photo credit: 'Anpai')

BERGHEM, The Netherlands - MCR veteran Ingrid Broeder blossoms at the seventh edition of "Sakura Taikai" (RERS) scoring 139,600 points and taking first prize. "Valentine Tournament" winner Martha Pasterkamp is runner-up scoring 127,800 points, while Bert Claessen, one of the strongest all-round players in the Netherlands, secures the third place with 97,000 points.

Qian Vollmann First In Austrian-Italian Tête-à-Tête

(left to right) Martin Scheichenbauer (2rd), Qian Vollmann (1st), Marco Montebelli (3rd) (photo credit: Otto Myslivec)

GURK, Austria - Forty players representing five nations competed in the "Carinthian Open 2018" (MERS); Qian Vollmann-Gao successfully defends the honor of hosting country Austria by scoring 22 table points and 707 mini-points thus winning the first part of the annual "Gourmet Cup". Runner-up Martin Scheichenbauer trails with 19 table points and 616 mini-points, while Marco Montebelli scores an equal amount of table points but one mini-point less.

Ossi Hirvola Rides Helsinki's Great Wave

(left to right) Konsta Lensu (2nd), Ossi Hirvola (1st), Jesper Nøhr (3rd) (photo credit: Samu Viitanen)

HELSINKI, Finland - After eight hanchan over the course of two days Finnish Ossi Hirvola, who claimed the fifteenth position at the "World Riichi Championship 2017", wins the "Great Wave Tournament" (RERS) scoring 176,400 points, followed by "Finnish Riichi Mahjong Champion" Konsta Lensu with 146,700 points. All-round veteran player Jesper Nøhr from Denmark comes in third with 126,600 points.

Jeroen Meijer Catches Dutch "White Dragon" By The Tail

(left to right) Sandra van den Berkt (2nd), Jeroen Meijer (1st), Eileen Kruize (3rd) (photo credit: Koen van Dijk)

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands - Jeroen Meijer convincingly wins the nineteenth edition of the infamous "White Dragon Tournament" scoring 19,604 points, followed by Sandra van den Berkt with 11,660 points, while Eileen Kruize finishes third scoring 10,966 points. Jelle Duinsbergen, victor of the 2017 edition, strands at the number eight spot.

Chris Endicott Wins Great Scholars Tournament

(left to right) Andrew Smith (4th), Russell Chan (2nd), Chris Endicott (1st), Daniele Cesarini (3rd) (photo credit: Gemma Sakamoto / @mahjonggem)

OXFORD, United Kingdom - Chris Endicott takes first place in the third edition of the "Great Scholars Riichi Mahjong Tournament" (RERS), scoring 141,500 points. Tournament debutant Russell Chan finishes second with 136,200 points, while the runner-up of the previous edition (in 2016), Daniele Cesarini, secures the third position scoring 89,400 points.

Shi Hua Chen Takes MCR Copenhagen Open

(left to right) Freddy Christiansen (2nd), Shi Hua Chen (1st), Henrik Leth (3rd) (photo source: Facebook Mahjong Danmark)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Shi Hua Chen wins the "MCR Copenhagen Open" (MERS), scoring 13 table points and 402 mini-points. Second place goes to Freddy Christiansen with 11 table points and 449 mini-points; Henrik Leth takes third position scoring 11 table points and 254 mini-points.


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