EMA modifies riichi rules
- Created on Saturday, 04 February 2012 11:19
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Staff
COPENHAGEN - The European Mahjong Association has changed the rules for official riichi tournaments. For the better part, the modifications are not of major importance; most striking novelty is the change of the uma (a bonus or penalty for the players at the end of a session).
According to EMA president Tina Christensen, the rules have been revised in order to avoid ambiguities. Scoring examples have been added for clarity. Double yakuman (a limit score) has been omitted except for Big Four Winds and rules on etiquette and tournament play have been added.
The uma used to be 9,000 points for the winner of a hanchan, 3,000 for the player number 2, minus 3,000 points for the player number three and minus 9,000 points for the last players. These figures have been changed to +30,000, +10,000, -10,000 and -30,000.
Some players will regret that the old-fashioned opening ritual should have vanished, including the status off being 'temporary East'.
Especially for novices to the game, the scoring examples are very interesting.