(left to right) Tatsuya Igarashi (3rd), Tomasz Powęzka (1st), Lenka Raková (2nd), Paweł Kruk (photo credit: Dan Sekigawa)

DĄBROWA GÓRNICZA, Poland - Tomasz Powęzka wins the "Dąbrowa Riichi Open 2018" (no RERS), the first riichi tournament in the Dąbrowa Basin Region in southern Poland, scoring 53,000 points. Second place goes to Lenka Raková with 52,000 points, and third to Tatsuya Igarashi scoring 50,300 points.

'LAPOM' crew and pro Jenn Barr at the "PML Riichi Mahjong Open 2016"

GARDENA, California/USA - Upcoming weekend riichi mahjong club 'Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong' (LAPOM') will be hosting a two-day tournament, which will be streamed LIVE on YouTube. For the first time in the history of the North American Riichi Mahjong Association ('NARMA') players will participate in a team competition instead of an individual event.

(left to right) Joni Virolainen (2nd), Kai Heikkilä (1st), Samu Viitanen (3rd) (photo credit: Konsta Lensu)

TAMPERE, Finland - Kai Heikkilä effortlessly takes home the gold at the "Tenpai Yearly Championship" (RERS1), scoring 117,400 points. In second place comes Joni Virolainen with 66,100 points, while Samu Viitanen takes third position, scoring 59,900 points.

Left to right: Pavel Sorokin (2nd), Eduard "Dragon" Polozov (winner), Vladislav Plyasunov (3rd).

TYUMEN, Russia - The third in "Siberia" zone of Russia RERS tournament took place in Tyumen gathering twenty players from six cities of Russia. This tournament concluded official EMA tournaments in 2017 both in MCR and riichi rules. The winner is Eduard "Dragon" Polozov from Tyumen (winner's nickname most probably comes from his last name which relates to the type of serpent), runner-up is Pavel Sorokin from Saint Petersburg, 3rd place goes to Vladislav Plyasunov from Moscow. All scoring was done via "Pantheon" system -- no paper or tenbo sticks, login via mobiles or smartphones.

Left to right: Andrei Maximov (organizer), Nikita Tkachenko (2nd), Nikita Grishaev (winner and new champion), Liudmila Gaynulina (3rd), Leon Nikolaev (organiser), Oleg Klimenko ("Pantheon" software developer).

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia - Nikita Grishaev from Moscow wins Russian Riichi Open 2017. He is the best out of eighty-four players from thirteen cities of Russia and Kazakhstan. Runner-up is Nikita Tkachenko, 3rd place is taken by Liudmila Gaynulina (both also from Moscow).