TOKYO, Japan - The first television commercial teaser for the live-action adaptation of the infamous Saki mahjong anime has been released, no doubt delighting fans, and probably causing the eyes to roll inside the heads of it adversaries.

Playing with giant tiles.
Playing with giant tiles.

CHENGDU China - From the moment you sit down at a mahjong table set up to play Sichuan's trademark style bloody mahjong, you know you are in for a different experience. Also to be experienced is climbing the Taoist epicenter, Mount Qingcheng.

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.

MIL certifies riichi and bloody mahjong.

CHENGDU, China - During the November 5th meeting of the Mahjong International League in Chengdu, China, the organization officially voted to accept and recognize riichi mahjong as a world competitive game. Also during the same meeting, the Sichuan style of mahjong known as bloody mahjong was officially recognized as a local-rules competitive game. These, and other steps by the MIL, continue the sportification of the mahjong.

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 Mahjong News sits down to get to know Daina (you can pronounce his first name like diner), and shares that interview with our readers.