Thursday 31 July 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.


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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EMA modifies riichi rules

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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. 

Download the new EMA riichi rules

Comments (4)Comments are closed
1Friday, 10 February 2012 14:36
Bunta
If the red 5s would be removed and open tanyao allowed the rules would be even better.
But i appreciate the current changes cuz they minimize the luck factor a bit.
2Saturday, 11 February 2012 17:16
Senechal Duhaut
Bunta's comment, while pertinent (especially in the light of Europe wanting to organize a world championship, seeking support from leagues with open tanyao), is far from happening any time soon.

To shorten my point, kuitan-nashi Mahjong is like Formula 1 racing with 3 tires. It's probably a great learning exercise (good) that they turned into the only form of testing (bad). If that was the only problem, most people could live with that. The bigger problem for EMA Mahjong is their tolerance for a type of call that would be considered cheating anywhere else: tolerating the pick-and-switch for the same tile. (chi 78+9, throw nine; pon 11+1, throw one)

For a WC-Riichi event to succeed, that last point needs to be addressed once and for all. As for the rest of the rules, it will most likely be a take it or leave it scenario. There's nothing we can do about it.
3Monday, 13 February 2012 14:23
Sylvain Malbec
JPML rule A is kuikae ari too, and even if you can you'll rarely "pick-and-switch" anyway, so that would not be much a problem.

IMO, kuitan nashi will be the most problematic point for a world championship.
4Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:48
Benjamin Boas
Finally! ^_^
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