(from left) Simon Fongue (2nd), Marieke Verheyden (1st), Olivier Roy (3rd) (photo credit: Sophie Kemper)

LEUVEN, Belgium - Belgium's highest-ranked EMA player Marieke Verheyden takes first prize at the "Red Lotus Tournament 2018" (MERS), scoring 25 table points and 974 mini-points. French Simon Fongue and his fellow countryman Olivier Roy follow with 23 table points and 762 mini-points, and 20 table points and 415 mini-points respectively.

Left to right: Petr Maniakhin (3rd and new Russian champion), Zhou Guijun (winner), Song Panjing (2nd).

MOSCOW, Russia - X MCR Russian Open 2018 set new record in terms of participation, it brought together sixty players from three countries and seven cities of Russia. The new Russian MCR champion, Petr Maniakhin from Saint Petersburg was only 3rd while first two places were taken by two Chinese female players, Zhou Guijun and Song Panjing, mother and her daughter.

(from left) Dagmar Fischer (2nd), Gérard Hêche (1st), Ans Hoogland (3rd) (photo credit: Nadine König)

HANNOVER, Germany - Swiss Gérard Hêche stands victorious at the "German Mahjong Open 2018" (MERS) scoring 20 tablepoints and 439 mini-points. Dagmar Fischer is runner-up with an equal amount of table points, but less mini-points (a total of 357). Since she is the best performing German player, she is awarded the title of "German Champion MCR". Dutch Ans Hoogland claims third place with 19 table points and an impressive number of 910 mini-points. 

(from left) Apolline Draux (2nd), Anne Choux (1st), Matthieu Pfeiffer (3rd) (photo credit: Fleur 'd Orchidée)

VILLEJUIF, France - This last week-end of august, Villejuif hosted the seventh edition of the "Chow Time Tournament" (MCR, MERS) organized by Fleur d'Orchidée. This international event gathered 120 participants from eight countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).

(from left) Suzuki Yoshihiro (2), Low Kee Chung (1), Nozaki Yuma (3), Deng Shaozhe (4) (photo credit: Japan Mahjong Sports Association)

TOKYO (Yurakucho), Japan — Finally the hottest weekend ends, with the victory of LOW Kee Chung, bringing the first trophy to Singapore of the 18th "Japan Championship" (MCR). Two-time-running OEMC winner SUZUKI Yoshihiro, youngest-ever finalist NOZAKI Yuma follow.