Friday 27 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn


KATHMANDU Nepal, February 21st - When I first arrived in Kathmandu, the airport arrivals curb was busy and alive! The locals, noting a foreigner had arrived in their midst, surrounded me asking me all manner of questions as to the nature of my stay. Was I there to climb Mount Everest? Was I in need of a Sherpa guide? Did I have a ride to base camp at the foot of the mountain? Looking around at my fellow passangers, and the gear they were collecting from the terminal, there among them were backpack frames, ropes, cleated boots, and all manner of climbing paraphinalia. There was no doubt Kathmandu was the launching basin for brave expeditions to climb up the face of the tallest and most formidible mountain in the world. But I was in Kathmandu to conquer a mountain of a different sort; a mountan of tiles—Mahjong.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.



Reaching for Hanover 2010

Amongst the latter are Poland (where only recently a mahjong association has been initialized) and the UK (where the number of interested players by far outnumber the available seats).

“We have had a request to increase the number of players”, says Ilka. “But that is impossible. Just eighty people can play in the Hanover Jazz Club. If we would have to move to another venue, we would have exploding cost.” Ilka is happy to be a member of the board of the jazz club, which means she can hire the location for quite a reasonable price.



Jenn BarrThe interest for riichi mahjong is growing at fast pace. In at least four EMA member-countries, a hard qualification is fought out: in Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Ilka: “Hoping for some spare seats, I contacted all countries that sent players to the first ECR. According to what I got back from them, they all will send as many players as their limits allow. Even the US will be represented again. Jenn Barr and Garthe Nelson already confirmed that they plan to come. And the last US seat will go to a newy founded MJ association in New York, the US Professional Mahjong League.”
It means that in Japan there is great interest in the event. The Japanese are entitled to send six players. But Garthe and Jenn also live there. It is not known yet if Benjamin Boas, another ‘Japanese American’, will be able to make it to Hanover.

Comments (3)Comments are closed
1Friday, 01 January 2010 11:23
Mark Chizhenok
It is all very interesting but there is a lack of official information about this tournament (number of seats, quotas, schedule etc.). Does the organizers have a website for the tournament? What are the deadlines for player's nomination/registration? What are the quotas?
Friday, 01 January 2010 13:28
Adrie van Geffen
Some information can be found on the website of the organisers:
You will have to look at the older entries (page 2 and 3) and you will need to brush up on your knowledge of the German language. Quota are understandable for all (I think).
2Friday, 01 January 2010 16:51
Mahjong News
Hi Mark

The EC riichi web site will be opened soon. And the quota's for the championship you can find in Mahjong News - of course ;-)
3Tuesday, 05 January 2010 14:12
there will also be a dedicated site, but you will also find all relevant information, links and updates on
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