Tom's Excellent WCMJ* Adventure
* World Championship in Mah-Jongg
October 22-27, 2002, Tokyo, Japan

WCMJ - CLOSING CEREMONY (Saturday 10/26)

The closing ceremony was marked by more speeches, but let's first take a look at the winners. The top-scoring team was Young Pros B, from Japan. I played against every member of this team - small wonder that my final score was so low! Here they are, waiting for their awards.
The 2nd-place team was the Guangzhou team. Ruth Unger presented them with their medals. There's Bob Lee. I played two of the members of this team (Bob was one).
The #3 team: Japan Health Mahjong Association.
The #4 team: Tianjin. I played He Jing, the man who's second from the right.
This is Ladies Team B (they placed 7th in the team competition).
This happy group is U.S.A. Team Red. They placed 8th.
The #1 top player is Mai Hatsune, of Ladies Team B. Ruth presented her award.
The second prize winning individual player was John O'Connor of the U.S.A.
3rd prize went to Yuichi Ikeya of Japan Mahjong League Team A.
More top honors went to two guys I had played against (of course!).
I was honored to present awards to the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th place winners. I didn't get a picture with my camera, but Mr. Noguchi very kindly mailed me some afterwards! Photo courtesy Mr. Noguchi, JMOC.
The 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th place winners are Wu Quan Ze (China), Huang Cao Fang (China), Masashi Saitou (Japan), and Cui Junhao (China). Photo courtesy Mr. Noguchi, JMOC.
Martin Rep presented the awards to the 11th, 12th, and 13th place winners.
Dan Glimne also presented awards.
Taiko drums got everybody's pulse rate to increase. As if we needed any encouragement! There was already a lot of excitement in the room.
Ryan Morris has what has to be a dream job, writing about mah-jongg for KINDAI MAJAN.
Ruth and Rita posing with the Chinese ladies.
Ruth shared with me how impressed she was with the high level of cameraderie and passion for mah-jongg she felt from the tournament participants. And she expressed her admiration for the skill that went into the organization of the tournament.
Alain and these lovely ladies "manned" the microphones for the award presentation, and announcing the speakers, in three languages. That's Keri Chang on the right.

The WCMJ was a multi-faceted event! Click on the links to read the chapters.

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