Saturday 20 September 2014

Halasz Wins 2014 Austrian Open and Sisi Cup

Sisi2014AUSTRIA, Bruck September 7th - Pal Halasz takes 2014 Sisi Cup MCR tournament with 40 points, followed tightly by Gunter Gintsberger with 39 and Martin Scheichenbauer at 34. Pal Halasz also wins the Austrian Open with 22 points, followed tightly by Miklos Imre with 21 and Gabriele Sallmutter at 20.

  

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Luck, skill, focus

> Although you are focused you can lose!!! Certainly! I never stated otherwise. Good for you that you are able to focus all the way through a tournament! It's a very important ability in any sport, both mind sport and physical sport! Still, many players aren't able to maintain their focus all the way through, particularly if they are losing. Many players show visible frustration when losing and this certainly affects their concentration. What is luck? Probably we all use the word a little differently. For me luck is when something of low probability happens. I make tsumo waiting for only one tile, while another player with a three-sided wait, who has been waiting for a longer time than me doesn't get his hand. That's lucky. If the player with the three-sided wait had won, was that then skillful play by optimizing his hand? We can't answer that without analyzing every tile picked and played. Maybe a more skillful player would have played my hand to a better wait? Maybe we both got the optimal from the tiles we picked and one player was just more lucky in getting the tiles needed? Luck is just luck (probabilities), sure. I agree. Skill is making the most of your tiles when you a not so lucky. Maybe my subject line was misleading. I believe what I wrote is true, that a player who had some bad luck may become frustrated and lose concentration, which means he makes some bad choices (which he doesn't necessarily notice!), and when he then loses again he feels very unlucky, but this "bad luck" he has brought upon himself by playing less than optimal. So bad luck can lead to bad focus which can lead to further losses which are easily interpretated as a string of bad luck. A player who is always able to keep his focus is not subject to this. Mahjong is about probabilities, skill and focus. Luck is in the probability part.
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