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All Non-Danish Podium in Denmark

Top-three players of the Open Danish Championship 2017. From left: Timur Hahn, Denis Lugannikov, Raúl Rios Navarro.

COPENHAGEN - The Danes, often considered as the best mahjong players of Europe, beaten in their own championship… This is the surprising result of the Open Danish MCR, concluded today in Copenhagen. At the end of the day, the podium was occupied by, successively, a Russian (winner Denis Lugannikov), a German (runner-up Timur Hahn) and a Spaniard (Raúl Rios Navorro). The first Danish player was Camilla Bonde Dalsgaard, who ended in sixth postion. 

Serena Porrati and Aleksei Shpilman Champions in Gurk

Top-three of the Gourmet Cup II.

GURK - Serena Porrati today has won the Carinthian Open, a.k.a. the Gourmet Cup II. She had the same number of table points as the runner-up, Russian player Aleksei Shpilman, who had less mini-ponts. Shpilmann, however, became the winner of the Gourmet Cup 2017, since he had the best accumulated results in this combined Italian-Austrian competition.

Tina Koshimoto Peerless in DFW Mahjong Riichi Open

The top four of the Dallas Forth Worth 2017 Tournament. (Photos credit Donnie Clark)

GRAPEVINE, Texas - After a gorgeous upset in the 3rd hanchan winning a Thirteen Orphans (Kokushi Muso), Tina Koshimoto carried on to take the DFW Mahjong Riichi Open with 89.45 points, followed closest by James Bragg with 80, and Daniel Moreno with 77.75. The tournament in Grapevine (Texas) hosted sixteen players, all from the United States. The number one player won herself an invitation for the World Riichi Championship, later this year in Las Vegas.

Anne Schäfer takes Verden Open

From left Silke Bansemer, Anne Schäfter, Jürgen Schnier.

VERDEN, Germany - Anne Schäfer takes the Verden Open with 14 table points, followed in second by Silke Bansemer with 12, and Jürgen Schnier with 11.

Mark LeMoine Wins Swedish Riichi Open

David Clark (2nd), Mark LeMoine (1st), and Taka Teshima (3rd).

LINKÖPING, Sweden - After the fourth hanchan in the Swedish Riichi Open, Mark LeMoine (SWE) was trailing in third with 68.6 behind the razor-thin margin between Daina Chiba (GBR) and Wenlong Li (CHN) who held 80.2 and 80.0 points respectively. But it the end, it was Mark LeMoine who managed to finish strong and take 1st place with 97.2, followed by runner-up David Clark with 76.2, and Taka Teshima with 67.9.

Janco Onnink Blossoms in Sakura Taikai

Podium of the Sakura Taikai 2017.

OSS, the Netherlands – Less than two months after the ‘Fuyu Taikai’ at Oss, Dutch player Ans Hoogland today again stood on the podium in this mahjong hall. But this time, she had to allow two players before her. After hanchan 1 and 2, Ans was in the lead, but she did bad in hanchan #3 and 5. Veteran player Janco Onnink now was the strongest, with over 37,000 points before the runner-up, Diana van de Wetering. Ans Hoogland was happy to win the third prize.

Paride Benini Receives Gourmet Cup I

Paride Benini (1st), Timur Hahn (2nd), and Marco Bazzocchi (3rd).

(Update: Complete results)

GEMONA, Italy - Paride Benini Wins the 8th Memorial Roberto Elegante - Gourmet Cup I with 24 table points, followed by Timur Hahn with 23, and Marco Bazzocchi in 3rd with 20. The team competition was won by Doppia Coppia.

Sakari Helokunnas Emerges in Great Wave Tournament

Overview of the Great Wave tournament.

ESPOO, Finland - Sakari Helokunnas is the winner of the Great Wave Tournament, concluded today in the Finnish town of Espoo. Janne Hannikainen was the runner-up, with just 600 points more than the number three player, Yuanqi Shan.

Sophie Kemper, the Giant of Rotterdam

Competition and recreation winners gather for a group photo.

ROTTERDAM - On March 25th, 108 players from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands came together to battle for the title of The Giant of Rotterdam. In a well decorated room the 80 competition and 28 recreational players were motivated to win the beautiful trophies. 

Leni Janssen Peerless at Los 13 Huérfanos Tournament

Leni Janssen (1st), Raúl Ríos Navarro (2nd), and José Moreno Merino (3rd) display their awards.

MURCIA - The “Los 13 Huérfanos” Annual MCR Tournament (no MERS) was celebrated in Murcia city, Spain, on the 18th of March 2017. The winner of the tournament was Leni Janssen (Netherlands).  In second place was classified Raúl Ríos Navarro (Spain) and the third place went to José Moreno Merino (Spain).


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