Wednesday 28 September 2016

Third edition of ‘Warsaw Mahjong Taikai’


WARSHAW - The Polish Mahjong League is organizing the third edition of its tournament, ‘Warsaw Mahjong Taikai 2011’, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, November 19th. After the success of the previous competitions, this year the Polish anticipate even more people to attend. All riichi mahjong players are invited to participate.

On the temporary website you can find registration information (also in English). More information can be provided This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The rules of the WMT are based on the EMA-rules, but modified to fit Polish players. So e.g. kuitan nashi, kuikae ari, atamahane, ryanhan shibari, no cumulative yakuman and no double yakuman will be used. The tournament will consist of four hanchan, with 1.5 hour for each game. The entrance fee is only 15 zloty (4 euro).

Some info about PLM

The Polish Mahjong League  is the biggest and the most active organization promoting mahjong and other Japanese games in Poland. PLM president Dominik Kolenda ended in the 8th position during the last European riichi mahjong championship, which is considered a good Polish debut in European tournaments. This year, PML became an official member-country of EMA.

In Poland, PLM teaches mahjong at every manga and fantasy convention, and special Japanese and Chinese culture events, game events and there are also mahjong meetings twice a week. 

Starting next year, PLM will launch a regular league for all Polish mahjong players (with ranking and prizes), and internet tournaments. Furthermore, the league intends to organize up to three tournaments in 2012. Since the webpage is still under reconstruction, Facebook is used to inform about all the actions.

Comments (4)Comments are closed
1Friday, 21 October 2011 12:42
Tina Christensen
Could you please describe these rules in English?

kuitan nashi
I thought kuitan means Open Tanyao is allowed, so kuitan nashi means Open Tanyao is NOT allowed - like in the EMA rules

kuikae ari
I thought kuikae means no melding restrictions, i.e. you are allowed to shift chows or chow and discard the same tile, and ari means the rule is in play - like in the EMA rules

only one winner - so this is different from EMA

ryanhan shibari
conditional two fan minimum is invoked - like in the EMA rules

So if I read this correctly, the only difference is that only one winner is allowed and no double yakuman is allowed.

Have I misunderstood the terminology?
2Saturday, 22 October 2011 15:43
Tina, You understood well. We use rules set very simillar to EMA, because we want to prepare our players to european tournaments. But in general we dont use kuikae ari, when we play with red fives. Also we changed some other rules, to make game faster, because many polish players still have to work on speed. So we threw out kyushukyuhai, and other similar rules that only take additional time. Also in tournaments we use our scoring system, that is without oka, and uma, we give special points for each place, then we count the total score, to determine pleyers place.
3Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:42
Dominik Kolenda
There are also two other differences:

- Revealing the kan dora. We are not used to reveal it just after declaring kan. It depends on kan, if it is closed (reveal before discarding), open or late (reveal after discarding).

- One more thing is the amount of points at the beggining. In EMA rules it's 0 points, right? We play tournaments with 30 000 tenbou points.
4Monday, 24 October 2011 09:58
Alexander Doppelhofer
Good morning!

I would be very happy if there would be an official tournament in Poland to EMA rules, on which I sure would participate if it overlaps with any Austrian tournament. Perhaps we can already see again in March because I'm in a tournament in Baden in December and if you click on the EMA site you will learn everything very carefully. The last time we saw each other in Hanover in 2010 and a long chat. Looking forward to seeing you again in

Alexander Doppelhofer
Great Dragons Riichi Club Baden
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