(from left) Kimito Kugimiya (2nd), Osamu Kumagai (1st), Masako Ito (3rd), 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 scores 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.

(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. 

(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.

(left to right) Pauline van der Linden (2nd), Marieke Verheyden (1st), Leni Janssen (3rd) (photo credit: Joke Maes)

TEMSE, Belgium - One month after sealing third place at the Dutch "Valentine Tournament 2018" Belgian player Marieke Verheyden wins the tenth edition of the "Little 3 Dragons Tournament" aka the "MCR Belgian Open 2018" (MERS), scoring 13 table points and 371 mini-points. Runner-up is Dutch Pauline van der Linden with 12 table points and 414 mini-points, followed by her fellow countrywoman Leni Janssen who scored an equal amount of table points and 298 mini-points.

(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.

(left to right) Annabel di Domenico (2nd), Jili Pfeiffer (1st), Vincent You-Seen (3rd) (photo credit: Iván Maestre)

VALENCIA, Spain - The French dominate the ranking in the "Valencia MCR Tournament" (MERS): Jili Pfeiffer effectively wipes out the competition scoring 22 table points and 1120 mini-points, followed by Annabel di Domenico with 19 table points and 498 mini-points. Vincent You-Seen scores 18 table points and 665 mini-points claiming third place.

Denis Lugannikov, "feeling fantastic" at the award ceremony. (photo credit: Denis Lugannikov)

SINGAPORE, Singapore - Russian Denis Lugannikov wins the inaugural "Nanyang Modern Mahjong Mindsport Tournament" (MCR), scoring 25 table points and the staggering number of 1554 mini-points. Runner-up is Singaporean player Ow Zhong Ming with 23 table points and 520 mini-points, and Cédric Aguerre from France finishes in third position, with 22 table points and 273 mini-points.