(left to right) Cédric Aguerre (2nd), Aleksei Shpilman (1st), Rául Rios Navarro (3rd)

BOLOGNA, Italy - Russian allround player Aleksei Shpilman wins the "First Open Italian Riichi Championship" (RERS2), scoring 191,000 points. Two MCR top players occupy second and third place: French Cédric Aguerre is runner-up, with 171,300 points, while Spanish Rául Rios Navarro takes third position, scoring 133,600 points.

Loes Heerze is happy with her well-deserved prize.

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands - After four hanchan Loes Heerze wins the "Tsumo! Tournament" (non-RERS) scoring 106,400 points, John Kuijpers is runner-up with 103,500 points, and Nicole Haasbroek manages to secure the third spot with 96,800 points.

(left to right) Sven-Hendrik Gutsche (2nd), Mathieu Chambe (1st), Chaolei Chen (3rd) (Photo credit: Karolina Trepinska)

PUTEAUX, France - Mathieu Chambe, finalist at the "French Riichi Open 2017" last June, wins the "Tri Nitro Tournament 2017" (RERS1), scoring 93,000 points. Runner-up is Sven-Hendrik Gutsche with 90,300 points, and Chaolei Chen claims third place, scoring 81,900 points.

(left to right) Alexander Doppelhofer (3rd), Kristzian Deak (1st), Matthias Reich-Rohrwig (3rd) (Photo credit: Roman Ollinger)

VIENNA, Austria - An all Austrian podium at the "Vienna Open Riichi Tournament 2017" (RERS1). Newcomer Krisztian Deak, who dominated the ranking on the first day, takes home the gold scoring 169,800 points. Runner-up is Matthias Reich-Rohrwig, with 151,800 points and in third place comes Alexander Doppelhofer with 91,000 points. Both Reich-Rohrwig and Doppelhofer displayed excellent performances on the second day, which catapulted them into the top-3. 

(left to right) Sheila Hansen (2nd), Taka Teshima (1st), Isabel Steenholm (3rd) (Photo credit: Tina Christensen)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The top-3 of the "Riichi Open Danish Championship 2017" (RERS2) looks very similar to the one of the 2016 edition. Last year's winner Taka Teshima is again victorious, scoring 132,800 points. Second place goes to Sheila Hansen with 127,300 points, and the runner-up of the previous edition, Isabel Steenholm, claims third position with 121,300 points.

(left to right) Organizer/referee Daniel Široň, Olga Proskuryakova (1st), Łukasz Grzybowski (2nd), Zoltan Dinyesi (3rd), Dominik Hammerl (4th)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - After two days of play and eight hanchan Russian player Olga Proskuryakova wins the "Riichi Open Bratislava 2017" (RERS2) with 154,000 points. Łukasz Grzybowski, from Upper Silesia, takes second place with 103,800 points. Hungarian Zoltan Dinyesi, who was awarded a prize for 'Best Hanchan', snatches up third place scoring 89,300 points, while Austrian player Dominik Hammerl claims fourth position with 87,800 points.

The winners of the first edition: French Zeyu Sun and Dutch Nicole Haasbroek

PARIS, France - Last March French Anthony Ea aka 'Mister Miaou Miaou' of Paris based MCR mahjong club 'Magic Mahjong Social Pung' organized a two-day riichi event, called "Mister & Miss Riichi". Even though it wasn't an EMA certified tournament, twenty-five French and three Dutch players visited the capital of France to enjoy nine (!) hanchan in Club Adélie. A super friendly atmosphere, relaxed yet competitive play, nice food and drinks, and an excellent host: it was a great tournament.