Podium plus the lowest scoring player: in the middle radiant winner Justyna Rak

BIELAWA, Poland - Just like the previous edition last year, a female player snatches up the first prize: Justyna Rak wins the 'Dragon Owl Riichi Contest (RERS1), with 84,200 points, second place goes to Daina Chiba scoring 81,400 points and in third comes Dmytro Lienko with 76,900 points.

It was the third time Marek 'Krabman' Wakuluk and 'his girls' hosted the 'Dragon Owl Riichi Contest' ('DORC'); the crew from Bielawa in the south of Poland is quite established in the Polish riichi community. The 'Haneman Hunters' are active on Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. Marek Wakuluk, who secured the number six position at the European Riichi Mahjong Championship last October in Farnham, also keeps a personal blog on riichi. The tournament was held at the local library, the same location where the 'Haneman Hunters' are gathering multiple times each week to play their beloved game. Forty players attended, who represented six countries, but it was 'Haneman Hunter' Justyna Rak who came out victorious after five hanchan.

Mahjong Tracker

A unique feature of this tournament was the use of an app to keep score. Developed by five members of the 'Poznański Klub Mahjonga', and almost ready for worldwide release, the so-called 'Mahjong Tracker' had been tested extensively during social play and, a few weeks ago in Katowice, during a tournament (no RERS). Needless to say the use of the app was approved by the EMA prior to the event. During the contest both the app and tenbo were used to keep score, but a decision was made the information from the app was leading (there were human errors handling the tenbo). Not only proved the app to be extremely consumer-friendly, also the fact live scoring was kept up to date after each hand (!) made it a huge success. Szymon Lasota, president of the 'Polska Liga Mahjonga', has confirmed the app will be used at future tournaments on Polish soil, including the upcoming Warsaw tournament on the 18/19th of November.

The Daina Experience

As a very special treat, and free of charge, Daina Chiba, famous author of "Riichi Book I: A Mahjong Strategy Primer for European Players" will be leading a seminar on Sunday. At the awards ceremony of the 'DORC' tournament he disclosed he is working on a sequel ("Riichi Book II"); players attending the seminar will be the first to catch a glimpse of this new masterpiece. 

Overview of the venue
Place Name Hanchan 1 Hanchan 2 Hanchan 3 Hanchan 4 Hanchan 5 Total
1 Justyna Rak -5200 20700 10200 45600 12900 84200
2 Daina Chiba -16600 43500 13000 32400 9100 81400
3 Dmytro Lienko -24100 27800 4700 43000 25500 76900
4 Janny v.d.Meer 14100 -30700 32000 23200 28700 67300
5 Miłosz Meller 4200 7800 35600 -24500 35700 58800
6 Olga Igarashi 45100 5100 -34300 38300 3800 58000
7 Marek Wakuluk 21900 28600 47900 -8700 -32600 57100
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6100 -3800 -22300 26100 44400 50500
9 Nicole Haasbroek -3200 8000 5900 17800 21600 50100
10 Janco Onnink 26600 -21700 -6000 36600 10100 45600
11 Siarhei Tsyvinski 15400 -9000 9600 14100 9700 39800
12 Justyna Kruczek 23700 7100 -10600 5600 12700 38500
13 Łukasz Grzybowski 10100 21200 -7700 13400 -2500 34500
14 Tomek Dwojacki -2800 7900 -7600 1800 28100 27400
15 Mateusz Wozniak 7200 13100 35100 -26000 -3100 26300
16 Krzysiek Szeremeta -25700 36800 -11300 -6200 30500 24100
17 Joanna Patalon -9800 -18400 27100 -4400 29100 23600
18 Roger Waskziewicz 38000 -36600 32600 33200 -50200 17000
19 Łukasz Dabrowski -21800 -28800 -11900 31800 33500 2800
20 Małgorzata Rutkowska 20700 35000 -11900 -27700 -17500 -1400
21 Oliwia Wolska 29700 -7000 -26000 7400 -9000 -4900
22 Manuel Schlich -15000 -11500 600 4300 15800 -5800
23 Martijn Klaar 8600 -29300 30500 -20700 1800 -9100
24 Szymon Lasota -24000 -6800 8100 22000 -12100 -12800
25 Piotr Obrebski -30600 12700 -3000 -9000 14900 -15000
26 Dominik Kolenda 26600 -36100 -15500 -7100 6400 -25700
27 Sonia Radzewicz -6000 6700 10800 -10100 -29500 -28100
28 Martyna Krajewska 32800 6400 -24300 -31100 -13900 -30100
29 Jacek Borysiak 18800 3500 -38700 12800 -27100 -30700
30 Dmytro Sakhno -10300 -26400 4900 8900 -25500 -48400
31 Marta Binkowska -35000 -36600 -29400 -7200 59000 -49200
32 Dan Sekigawa -30900 -12600 -54100 16900 26000 -54700
33 Marcin Kubacki 9200 34400 -32100 -35900 -37300 -61700
34 Uladzimir Tananushka -21300 35500 -5700 -35200 -42500 -69200
35 Pavel Verebei 26000 -9500 -35300 -14200 -45300 -78300
36 Anastasiia Naboikina -31000 -32000 36800 -44000 -13000 -83200
37 Julia Bula -7700 -2600 -8100 -53100 -17800 -89300
38 Jakub Bacic -38300 -7400 28300 -46400 -32100 -95900
39 Fränk Tobias 5100 -25200 -28900 -38000 -17700 -104700
40 Tatsuya Igarashi -50600 -9800 -29000 -5700 -30600 -125700

 

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  • Guest - Dominik Kolenda

    Guys, do not forget the 4th place, as it is a Polish tradition that a podium consists of four players=4 mahjong winds. The 4th place went to Janny v.d.Meer with 67300 points.

  • As someone who wasn't at the tournament but followed the live tracking online, it was definitely interesting to be able to watch scores mid-hanchan. That said, the experience for non-participants could definitely be improved by either including uma bonus in real-time too, and/or by listing what round the game currently is in, in particular whether it's complete or not.

    As it was, it was quite hard to understand the actual standings because uma wasn't included with the live scores, and everything would shift dramatically once a game ended and uma was added. It also was quite difficult towards the ends of hanchan to tell which games had finished and which were still ongoing.

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