CHENGDU, China - In the interest of promoting duplicate mahjong worldwide, the Mahjong International League and the Global Mahjong Champions League are taking registration for an online tournament.

mil.jpgThe first Global Mahjong Champions League (GMCL) will officially open the MCR Duplicate Online on August 13, 2016. The offline final will be held in Chengdu, China from November 3 to 5, 2016. At the same time, the second Executive Council Conference of Mahjong International League (MIL) will also be held.
In order to promote Mahjong into the world mind sports family and show the charm of competitive Mahjong as a mind sport all over the world, Mahjong International League (MIL) has set up the GMCL. The first GMCL is team competition, which combines online and offline competition modes. It adopts Mahjong Competition Rules (MCR) issued by the General Administration of Sport of China in 1998 as the basic rule and creatively applies Duplicate Format for Team competition set up by MIL. Then, sixteen teams chosen from the MIL members representing different countries and regions will be divided into two sub-competition-groups: Asia-Oceania group and Europe-America-Africa group. They will carry out heated competition for the only four qualification quotas.
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Overview

The sub-competition will be held on MCR Duplicate Online (gbmj.lianzhong.com), the online duplicate platform of MIL certification. The competition will last from August 13, 2016 to October 15. Each sub-group has 8 teams to attend. Preliminary competition of the sub-group will be held in the first 8 weeks. After the preliminary competition, the top 4 teams will enter the sub-group-final that lasts for two weeks. Finally, each of the top 2 teams of the sub-groups will gain the qualification of attending the offline final. Each team will play for 1 session per week. During the sub-group preliminary competition phase, the team confronts the other 7 teams. The scores of each team are the total sum of IMP of each session. The offline final will adopt live competition mode like other electronic competitions.
The teams of the sub-groups that enter the offline final (top 2) will gain the whole-process expense support provided by the sponsor and share the award worth around US$10,000 provided by MIL. The top 4 teams of the sub-groups, the individual MVP of the sub-groups, highest IMP of single session and highest individual IMP contribution of single session will have abundant rewards.
GMCL is the first global competitive Mahjong competition based on internet and also the top level online competitive Mahjong tournament around the world. Duplicate Format for Mahjong also provides a fair competition environment for the players to the maximum and reduces the element of luck. MIL believes that the success of GMCL is bound to be favorable for the promotion of Duplicate Format, help form a competitive and standardized global Mahjong atmosphere and help boost the development of Mahjong as a mind sport.

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