(left to right) Jasper Germeys (3rd), Michael Donaghy (1st), Anna Titova (3rd) (photo credit: Annika Ridell)

UPPSALA, Sweden - British Michael Donaghy, runner-up at the "UK Open Riichi Tournament 2017", has emerged victorious in the "Swedish Open Riichi Mahjong Championship 2018" (RERS), scoring 113,200 points, followed by Swedish Jasper Germeys with 99,500 points. Making her tournament debut Anna Titova from the Russian Federation claims third position scoring 82,000 points.

Even though the club from Uppsala has plenty of experience organizing MCR tournaments (they have been hosting the annual "Swedish MCR Open" for many years), it is the first time they are welcoming riichi players; this year's iteration is a joint venture with the 'Linköping Riichi Mahjong Association', which has been responsible for the previous editions of the "Swedish Riichi Open". 'Uppsala Mahjong''s Annika Ridell: "It is because the most active mahjong players live here." [...] "But the host (games, referee) are from Linköping." In total sixteen players representing five countries competed in eight hanchan over the course of two days. The highest scoring player, Jasper Germeys, took over the title of "Swedish Riichi Champion" from Mark LeMoine, who didn't sign up to defend his crown.

Tournament overview (photo credit: Bibbi Zhang)

Final results of the Swedish Open Riichi Mahjong Championship 2018 (RCR, RERS), Uppsala

Place Name Nat. Points
1 Michael Donaghy GBR 113200
2 Jasper Germeys SWE 99500
3 Anna Titova RUS 82000
4 Petter Ranafall SWE 62700
5 Stefan Persson SWE 55000
6 Otto Wefer SWE 11600
7 Niklas Johansson SWE -3000
8 Annika Ridell SWE -6200
9 Taka Teshima DNK -9400
10 Jesper Nøhr DNK -12200
11 Christophe Avenel SWE -46400
12 Artem Titov RUS -47600
13 Anna Zubenko UKR -47700
14 Felipe Gaboardi SWE -56900
15 Bibbi Zhang SWE -119700
16 Mattias Mikkola SWE -154900


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