Souvenir of ‘Chengdu Mahjong’.

CHENGDU, China - Mahjong News correspondent Vitaly Novikov travels to China, to get acquainted with a special kind of mahjong: Bloody Sichuan Rules.

 

Founding President of the IMSA Jose Diamani, CEO of IMSA Geoffrey Borg, and General Secretary of MIL Wenlong Li talk mahjong.

HUAI`AN, China - During the 26 February International Mind Sport Association (IMSA) meeting in Huai`an, Jiangsu Province of China, Mahjong International League (MIL) President Frank Ng and General Secretary Wenlong Li made a presentation of mahjong to the IMSA EC members, and all of the members agreed to accept the MIL as an observer at the meeting. Mahjong is striving to compete among the ranks of mind sport competition along side chess, bridge, draughts, go and Chinese chess, and the MIL is in the process of submitting a formal application to become an observer in IMSA, with an eventual member status as its goal.

COPENHAGEN - Revised EMA riichi rules are ready. The rules will go into effect April 1, 2016.

Daina Chiba
Daina Chiba enjoying cherry blossom in Japan.

CAMBRIDGE, England - Daina Chiba has written one of the first original English language strategy guides for riichi mahjong, and has released it as a free download from dynaman.net. Mahjong News sits down to get to know Daina (you can pronounce his first name like diner), and shares that interview with our readers.

Playing in the World Mind Sport Games.

SANYA - The big test in Sanya City was the Mahjong International League's demonstration of mahjong as a mind sport, not just for MCR style, but any style, to include Japanese riichi, Sichuan "Battle to the Bloody End" and others, and the word is, mahjong has demonstrated itself worthy of designation as a mind sport.