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PÓVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal - The Austrians have scored the best results in the past Open European Mahjong Championship, based on the positions of the participants. The average position of the six Austrians in the final classification of 216 participants was 65.7.

Overall, the Austrians played a strong tournament, with Doris Sallmutter as their best player. She was number 1 in the general ranking after session 2 and eventually landed in ninth position.

The eleven Japanese – amongst whom the winner of the tournament, Yoshihiro Suzuki – scored an average position of 67.4.
On the third place of this unofficial country ranking are the eighteen Chinese participants, with an average of 76.9. They had three players in the final top-twenty. Best of them was the 2010 world champion, Linghua Jiao, who still had the top spot after the second day of the OEMC.

Danes on 4

The small Danish squadron (eight players) ended in fourth place with an average position of 95.1. Isabel Bahanio Steenholm and Freddy Christensen were the best Danish players. Their tenth (Freddy) and eleventh (Isabel) position must have been rather satisfactory. Unfortunately, five of the Danes did not make it to the top-100, which is a bad thing for the average score.

Fifth place was for the French. With a much larger delegation than the Danes of 54 players, their average position was 108.2. Of course, the French were very happy to have Matthieu Pfeiffer amongst them who, with his third position, is the new European champion. Second French in the top-twenty was Judith Ravel on 17. Closely followed by Hélène Boidin on 20.

Very close to the French were the twenty Russians, with an average position of 108.5. The relative newcomer in the European Mahjong Association had, with Aleksander Bogatikov on 8 and Andrey Chichigin on 19, two players in the top-twenty. In position seven we find the Spanish delegation of twelve players, with an average position of 109.4, so also quite close. The Spanish had two players in the top-ten: Antonio Ayllon de Mingo on 4, and long-time leader of both the EMA and the Mahjong News MCR ranking, Raúl Ríos Navarro on 16.

Former champions on 35 and 160

Next come the 27 Italians, with an average position of 113.9, and no less than four players in the top-ten: Francesco Martini on 6, Marco Milandri – who, after session 6, was the number 1 in the general classification – on 7, Patrizia Buscarini on 12 and Francesa Battaglini on 13.
The Dutch (26 players) come on tenth place, with an average score of 133.2, and just one player in the top-twenty, Eveline Broers on 15. They did better than the seven Swiss, though, who ended on eleventh place with an average position of 137.1. No Swiss in the higher places; European Champion 2007, Bo Lang, ended in 35th place.

Twelfth place in this ranking is for the seven Belgians: average position 142.1. Peter Van Damme had a good start (tenth place after two sessions), but in the end, he found himself back on spot 122. Best Belgian player was Marieke Verheyden, who ended on 83rd place.


In the table, we left out countries with two players and less. Just for the record: Ildikó Hargitai, the only Hungarian player and winner of the OEMC 2011, ended on 160th place.

 Unofficial Country Ranking of OEMC 2017, by Average Positions of Competitors

Place Country Average Position Number of Players
1 AUT 65,7 6
2 JPN 67,4 11
3 CHN 76,9 18
4 DEN 95,1 8
5 FRA 108,2 54
6 RUS 108,5 20
7 ESP 109,4 12
8 GER 113,3 12
9 ITA 113,9 27
10 NED 133,2 26
11 SUI 137,1 7
12 BEL 142,1 7
  SWE 147,5 2
  HUN 160,0 1
  SGP 33,0 1
  GBR 117,0 2
  CAN 127,5 2

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  • Guest - Quentin

    Indeed Austrians got the best European result, whatever the country ranking method. Denmark follows. But France, Russia and Spain fight for 3rd place, depending on ranking method: use average ranking of players and France gets 3rd place; use average table points and France gets 5th place.

    To my mind, and despite being a Frenchman, ranking of countries by average ranking of its players is flawed: as many as 20 players got 21 points, and lots of "point levels" in the middle gather between 10 and 20 players...

  • Guest - Alexander

    As an Austrian, I am very happy about the result, but the best team can only be decided in a team European Championship. I have organized a Team European Championship 2013 in Bad Vöslau.

    Furthermore, the entire system needs to be considered, because it can not be that a player who is in the rankings very far forward does not play.

    Only the best players will play at the European Championship. The best thing would be the best 100. I also think that the European Championship should not influence the ranking, it should stand as its own. 55 French are too much for the OEMC. In the winter, 20 Austrians do not drive at a European Championship (because they do not exist).

    The entire ranking list is covered. 5 games in 3 years. We have a lot of players in Europe who play a lot of tournaments and who like to do it. They are punished with this system. A ranking list can only exist if, for example, a ranking player has to play 2 of 3 tournaments in his country + 1 tournament abroad. Only then will he be in the rank

    I've talked to the French, even the French said there are too many French tournaments. But I also see that players from Reunion want to qualify. Perhaps this would be the solution. Behind the French flag is REU instead of FRA, and only 2 tournaments are played per country, eg 2 2MERS and 2 1MERS.

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