Rui Machado: thumbs up for a great hand!

MADRID -  Rui Machado from Portugal wins the 9th Spanish Open Mahjong Championship (MERS2) with 21 table points, followed by Cédric Aguerre with 20 and 800 mini-points, and Francesca Battaglini also with 20 table points but only 711 mini-points. It was the first tournament victory of the organizer of the OEMC 2017, and even the first victory of a Portuguese player in the history of organized mahjong in Europe.

Anna Dashkova, winner of the MCR Russian Open 2017 and organizer Aleksandr Babushkin. 

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia - Anna Dashkova from Vologda has been unbeaten in the MCR Russian Open 2017 (MERS 2) which took place last weekend in Saint Petersburg. Forty-eight players from nine cities of Russia competed at fully automated tables (!) in this two-day 8-sessions event. This Russian championship has been neatly organized with the help of a Chinese counterpart: the Chinese-Russian Association for Development and Communication at the territory of Russian-Chinese Business Park.

Francesco Martini with his 1st Place basket, Stefania Gori with her 2nd Place, and Francesca Battaglini's 3rd.

SAN GIMIGNANO, Italy - First place in this fifth iteration of the San Gimignano tournament goes to Francesco Martini with 24 table points, second Stefania Gori with 22 table and 858 mini-points, and third Francesca Battaglini also with 22 table points but only 513 mini-points. The combined "In Vino Veritas", including this San Gimignano together with the Villejuif tournament, was won by Elena Savini who scored 26 points here and 18 in the Italian competition for a total of 44 table points. Second went to Cyrille Rak with 43, and third to Francesca Battaglini with 42.

(left to right) José Hoogland (2nd), radiant Yvonne van der Heide (1st), Wenda Vanderbist (3rd) (Photo credit: Dutch Mahjong Association)

IJSSELSTEIN, The Netherlands - Dutch Yvonne van der Heide rightfully wins the "Nine Gates Tournament" (MERS1), scoring 14 table points. Runner up is her fellow club member José Hoogland with an equal amount of table points, but less mini points. Due to her excellent result in the last session, Belgium player Wenda Vanderbist claims third position, scoring 13 table points. Dutch player Bert Claessen, who won the previous four editions, ends on a modest 28th place. 

(left to right) German Champion Timur Hahn, Cédric Aguerre (2nd), Dimphy van Grinven (1st), Martin van Thiel (3rd) (photo credit: Sandra van Wijngaarden)

BAD ZWISCHENAHN, Germany - Dutch Dimphy van Grinsven wins the "German Open Mahjong 2017" (MERS2) with 20 table points, followed by French player Cédric Aguerre with 19, and Dutch Martin van Thiel with 18. For being the highest scoring German player, Timur Hahn receives the title of 'German Champion MCR 2017' (and a huge trophy!).