MOSCOW - The first Russian tournament following the Japanese Professional Mahjong League Rules set A (JPML-A) riichi rules took place in Moscow on 11 March 2017 in the place where Tesuji, the oldest riichi-club in Moscow, holds their meetings. There were forty players participating. The tournament consisted of four hanchan, with a fifth hanchan for top twenty players.
Rule set A of the JPML rules doesn't allow any additional dora (no kan- and ura-dora, no red fives) or ippatsu, along with specific uma bonuses. The full rule set can be found on the official JPML site (Japanese language only).
[Editor's note: an English language explanation of the JPML-A rules can be found in "Riichi Mahjong: The Ultimate Guide to the Japanese Game Taking the World by Storm" by Scott D. Miller, available through most major booksellers paperback ISBN 978-1-329-62647-8]
The average hand value is lower than in JPML-B rules, as the involvement of luck is reduced.
This tournament was experimental in two ways: in addition to a new rule set, there was a new automatic system which allowed players to write down their hands, see seatings, and view results on their mobile devices.
The winner of the Moscow JPML-A Riichi Championship was Olga Proskuryakova. Anastasiya Chernykh took the second place with the tiny margin of 600 points. Dmitriy Sirotkin was the third and Pavel Patrikeyev the fourth. All winners are from Moscow.
Final Results of the JPML-A Tournament (Riichi, No MERS), Moscow