Sunday 04 October 2015

Riichi Lessons from the Master

riichiLesson1NEW YORK 27 September 2015 - During the New York Riichi Open this weekend, Shigekazu Moriyama met with the group around the table to share some sage advice. Without exception, every single player observing Mr. Moriyama's advice was blown away by being shown an entirely new way to approach strategy and tile efficiency, leaving every player there a better more enlightened player. His lessons were such a rare treat, Mahjong News will do it's best to share an example pearl for our readers.


A mahjong player with a poker face

wmc2010montebelliUTRECHT, the Netherlands - After one hour of playing mahjong, it is already rather warm in the venue where the World Mahjong Championship 2010 takes place. No wonder: over two hundred players are struggling and fighting to get the best scores. Around them circulate referees, officials, journalist or just curious by-standers. Outside it is still raining, but none of the players seem to care much.


The first gong was beaten at 09:00 a.m., after which the well-know sound of mahjong tiles being shuffled was heard for the first time. 

Jeroen Meijer, head of the organizing commitee, walks around with a big smile on his face. "Everything is going well", he beams. "I am so glad that everyone was on time, so we could start without any delay."



Dutch player Adrie van Geffen tempts the organizers by wearing a Mahjong Time T-shirt . MJT is the competitor of eMahjong/Mahjong Logic, the main sponsor of the World Championship. “I have asked written permission to wear it”, Adrie says. “I got no formal reaction, but it seems to be all right.” Dan Glimne of Mahjong Logic, also present in the venue, does not have any problem with the T-shirt. “He can wear what he likes.”


Also much discussed: the sunglasses of Italian player Marco Montebelli. When you see him, he looks more than a poker player than a mahjong player.
Head referee Robert Rijnders is not exactly pleased with the sunglasses. “But, until now, we have had no complaints. If other players will do so, we will have to consider what to do with it. He seems to wear them in every tournament. But I think it is very close to what is allowed."

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