- Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:22
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SAN DIEGO - Mahjong Time, the popular internet mahjong server, is changing the 'Japanese Modern Rules'. Not only are these rules renamed to 'Riichi Competition Rules', but they are also synchronized with the EMA Riichi Rules. The EMA rules were successfully used during the recent European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2008 in Hanover, Germany.
On the Mahjong Time server, one can play mahjong for fun or for money. On the server, players can choose between Mahjong Competition Rules, Hong Kong Mahjong, American style, European Classical and Riichi Mahjong. Starting this year, the server every now and then organizes national online championships, in cooperation with the European Mahjong Association EMA. A formal ranking is kept of these tournaments.
As a follow-up of the European Riichi Mahjong Championship, Mahjong Time is now adapting the EMA riichi rules. Until this championship, there were no formal riichi rules (even though there were just minor differences between the various riichi rule sets). Even in Japan, where riichi mahjong is played by millions of people, there are slight deviations between the rules of the various mahjong associations.
In order to make the EC Riichi possible, European countries have reached an agreement about the rules. Japanese mahjong experts gave valuable advice. It is possible that these European rules may also affect the riichi mahjong rules in Japan. Anyway, Mahjong Time has shown interest in adapting the EMA rules.
It is not yet known when the first official riichi online championship will be held. Mahjong Time has yet to reach an agreement about this with the European Mahjong Association.