Friday 01 August 2014

A Bruising Battle

PUTEAUX, France, July 29th - A few hours ago, the Japanese Professional Mahjong League JPML posted a video of the final hanchan of the World Riichi Mahjong Championship. In this hanchan, which lasted for over two hours, a bruising battle took place between four Japanese: Hiroshi Yamai, Kazuhiko Nishijima, Jun Nishikawa and Noriyuki Kiriyama.


Welcome, Scott Miller!

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - For the first time in its history, Mahjong News welcomes a new editor. Scott Miller, author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) has joined the staff. This is especially good news for the large American ‘mah-jongg’ community of some 300,000 members: Scott is from Amarillo, Texas, and he will have a keen eye for the development of the game in his country.
Scott is not only writing about mahjong, he also is an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria, and he will be present in Paris for the first World Riichi Mahjong Championship, coming July.
Besides that, he is the author of more than thirteen professional publications in various scientific text books and journals, to include the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Scott is a husband and father of four children, residing in Texas, USA.

To contact Scott

Editor Scott D. Miller

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AMARILLO, Texas - As from today, Scott D. Miller is the Editor-in-Chief of Mahjong News. He is the successor of  Martin Rep, the founder of the only and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. 

Mr. Scott D. Miller is the author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) and an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria and was a referee in the World Riichi Mahjong Championship.

 

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Many mahjong players not averse to playing for money

macauccAMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Mahjong is not purely for fun anymore; a bit of money could be involved.
That’s the results of the latest poll of Mahjong News. As always, one should be very careful with jumping to conclusions when reviewing the results of a poll on the internet. But  they may be useful to indicate a trend, though.

Prominent French mahjong player Laurent Mahé, when interviewed by Mahjong News about the announcement of a mahjong tournament during a luxurious cruise on the Yangtze river, said that it would be better to give away money prizes than to spend money on tourist events. And today Swedish player Hans Wikström said in Mahjong News that ‘he has trouble to motivate himself when playing a free game’.
89 visitors of the Mahjong News website voted on the poll. 48 of them (53.9 percent) were against playing for money: Mahjong is a minds sport. Money does not make it more thrilling’. Almost just as many (39, or 43.8 percent) agreed on the opposite: ‘Mahjong is not for kids. So money prizes are okay’.
A conclusion might be that the reluctance of playing for prize money is not as common as it used to be.
Might be.

Results of the poll



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