COPENHAGEN, Denmark - As announced at the General Assembly last May in Póvoa de Varzim (Portugal), the new calculation model for the EMA ranking has come into effect on New Year's Day. As a result the EMA updated the riichi and MCR ranking lists.

Unlike the previous method, the new calculation model takes several characteristics of the event into account to determine its weight: the number of rounds played, the number of participating players, the number of participating countries and the need to qualify for European or World Championships. Furthermore only tournaments played in the last two years will contribute to the new ranking system. The result of this new method is a more dynamic ranking, encouraging players to keep participating in EMA certified tournaments to (at least) solidify their place on the list. Since each EMA member country is limited to three certified events per mahjong style, the new method will certainly entice players to compete in foreign tournaments. Detailed information on the calculation method can be found on the EMA website.