The finale of the World Riichi Championship 2014: top-four players at an automatic table.

Everybody loves automatic mahjong tables. American player David Bresnick: “I very much enjoy having one.” Tina Christensen from Denmark: “It is absolutely wonderful to play at auto tables.” French Valérian Thomas: “It’s a real pleasure to use them.” Mahjong News asks around about the most wanted yet most expensive mahjong attribute.

Bart, Radhwen, Chris: three enthusiastic young Duch players - life without any sound.

Can deaf people play mahjong? How do they do it in the first place? Three young Dutch have just started their mahjong career, and Mahjong News editor Martin Rep plays a hanchan with them. Knock for a chi!

2014 MCR Rulebook

BEIJING - Through an effort to make clarification on several points of rule, and also to help spread the popular game of mahjong, the World Mahjong Organization (WMO) has released an update to its official Mahjong Competition Rules (MCR), and also has introduced a simplified version of the rules called International Mahjong Primary Competition Rules (MPCR).

Vitaly Novikov

MOSCOW - Vitaly Novikov released some statistical analysis of over 52,000 hands of MCR mahjong, and some of the results may not be what you would have expected! Did you know winning with Thirteen Orphans is more more common than winning with two concealed kongs? Players more often win with a pure straight than they do with an edge wait? These facts and other statistical wonders can be explored in his spreadsheet compiled for your interest here.

Competition with ‘weighted’ seating: the Furiten Riichi Tournament 2014.

AMSTERDAM – What is better? A mahjong tournament with a random seating (on registering, you draw a lot, and this determines which players you will meet), or a tournament based on performance during the tournament or maybe your position in the official rankings?