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.

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.