Tuesday 22 July 2014

Hiroshi Yamai: 2014 World Riichi Champion

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PUTEAUX, July 20 - 2014 World Riichi Mahjong Champion. The setting took place in the beautiful ‘Maire de Puteaux’ building, City Hall to the grand host city for this four day event. During the first two days of the tournament, 120 competitors from 23 countries vyied for a covetted position in the top 32. Those fortunate 32 players on day three played for stratification into four groups, A, B, C and D, where each group would compete for places 1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32 respectively. The Final 8 to make it into the A Group played two additional hanchan on two tables in the morning of 20 July, 2014, with the top two players from each table securing their prized seat at the Top Four table; battleground for the illustrious title as the world’s first ever declared Champion of Riichi Mahjong. His name: Hiroshi Yamai.

Pictures of the WRC on Flickr

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Martin Rep resigns

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PUTEAUX, July 16th - Martin Rep, founder of Mahjong News, resigns as the editor of the one and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. He made his decision public in a speech which he delivered during the opening ceremony of the World Riichi Championship in Puteaux. He will be succeeded by Scott D. Miller, who has been an associate editor for some months.

Mr. Rep (1946) is a professional journalist. He was involved in organizing the first Open European Mahjong Championship (Nijmegen, 2005) and the first European Riichi Mahjong Championship (Hanover, 2008). The World Riichi Championship 2014 was initialized by him.

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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