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47Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:53
Wolfgang
Thanks for the article!!!
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46Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:12
nicolas.C
Hi,

Happy New Year my friends and I wish you all the best, successful and happiness for 2K13 !
(Private Joke :Année de la baise)

I agree with my virtual friend Senechal on two points. But, These two points of view conflict (or not) :)

> Loto-riichi as a high-ranking French player (NC) would call it. : I AGREE :D

> The problem I have is that this is being used to "make news". It tarnishes whatever people like me perceive to be attempts to improve the individual and overall...

the real problem is not a "makes news" or something like that, the real problem is now I can't trust M.P around the next Event/tables:)

seriously Martin, I can't believe that...
All that fuss for what ??! Really 1K?

Next time, take some tiles into your pockets and try to make Yakuman...

Play for the overall, hmm why not. But please... Next time will do it clean,not like that.

I think, this story you should have expected narrate it in the winter, around the fireplace. Not on Mahjong News... That's all.

Last but not least Garence Kutukdjian, she my mentor, In fact she's RER Mentor ^^

Cheers
NC
Chasing for the uma , Mahjong News
45Tuesday, 01 January 2013 16:04
Mahjong News
The most important outlet for EMA events is the EMA website.
Martin Rep
Chasing for the uma , Mahjong News
44Monday, 31 December 2012 23:11
Scott Miller
Your post reinforces an important step in live play: check the winner's hand!

That's a big difference between live and computer play; computers don't let you make mistakes, or bluff!

So then the real question becomes: on who is the onus to declare chombos? Is a player required to self-incriminate?

Personally, I would say no. The penalty clearly exists because players, being human, are capable of mistakes, and the rules take this into account... so mistakes are, according to the rules, part of the game. That mistake could be the player who erroneously declares mahjong, but likewise your opponents also made a mistake in not catching it. In this case, for you anyway, two wrongs did make a right!

But should you feel guilty? I would again say no. You didn't discover your mistake until after you had already irrevocably declared ron, so you didn't do it on purpose. There's no dishonor in being human. And once declared, that hand is out of your control, and the onus falls upon your opponents to verify your win. In competition, there's no obligation to coach your opponent on how to play, so there's no dishonor on your part for your opponents' weakness in not checking your hand.
Chasing for the uma , Mahjong News
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 04:31
Senechal
Scott: According to you, Martin the player should feel no shame with his actions. Thus far, I agree completely.

The problem I have is that this is being used to "make news". It tarnishes whatever people like me perceive to be attempts to improve the individual and overall level of gameplay, especially since MN is the most prominent news outlet for EMA events. The verdict is that there is no improvement, and you don't need to participate in 3 tournaments to figure it out.

I'll keep my money from future events, unless the majority of players come from the #1 English riichi community website. My advice for the rest of you: claim haneman+ every hand. Eventually, people will count...
43Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:27
Senechal Duhaut
After hearing live that some yaku are being invented ("no pons" = not pinfu), and this episode ("all chi" = also not pinfu), is it fair to say that there is a comprehension gap between how riichi is understood by Europeans on a large scale and how it is supposed to be played?

More importantly, will people take this episode as a learning experience or wake-up call to learn more about Japanese mahjong, or is this the last stop yanked out of the road to turn EMA-sponsored mahjong into "tile-clacking version A" and "tile clacking version B"?

Loto-riichi as a high-ranking French player (NC) would call it.
Chasing for the uma , Mahjong News

Hungarians - I will miss you

martinrepbwNext month, the OEMC2011 will start, with just one Hungarian player. The rest of the Magyar team will stay at home. Martin Rep regrets very much.

 

Dr. Sándor Pinczés met me at the airport Ferihegy of Budapest. His friend András Boda had asked him to pick me up and bring me to Dunaújváros, the small Hungarian town where the next day the first Hungarian championship would take place.

It is just 70 kilometers from Ferihegy to Dunaújváros, but due to the heavy traffic the trip can take up to a couple of hours. During that ride we talked about almost anything, Sándor and me. About his Greek wife (he seems to speak Greek very well), about his academic study (what’s the Dr. before his name - a title by the way, he insists should always be included in rankings and classifications). About Dunaújváros, about mahjong of course.

When he dropped me in front of the tournament hall, I was welcomed by András, the then president of the Hungarian mahjong league. I told him I was very grateful to Sándor that he had taken the trouble to bring me all the way to the venue. And I told him what we had talked about. Well - I appeared to have misunderstood almost anything Sándor had told me. His Greek may be excellent, his English is rather poor; same as his German.

Nevertheless, we had had a great time. Sándor is one of the friendliest people I have ever spoken with. (If you meet him at the mahjong table, take care to keep your ears open; he more or less whispers his ‘chi’, ‘pong’ and ‘hu’.)

Same goes for Zsolt. You know Zsolt Nyulasi? You can have a good laugh with him. He showed us around at Dunaföldvár near Dunaújváros, where we had a great day after another championship.

You know András? He looks like an Hells Angel, even after his hair was cut some years ago, and if you see him on his Honda Goldwing you think he actually is one. But he is far from that; actually, he is one of the most sensitive people I know, and his true passion is playing with those small mahjong tiles.

Talking about angels: you know Zsanet Lákos? She can sing like one. You know the kind Eszter Várnai, your girl next door who is always so glad to see you? The mahjong couple Eti and Norbert? Magdolna? Any of the other Hungarians?

Well - so they will not be there next month in Venice, when the Fourth Open European Mahjong Championship will open. For the Hungarians, the event is too expensive. They just cannot afford it. I am sure all players in the OEMC will miss the kind and welcoming Hungarians. I will miss them - all of them.

 

In Nijmegen

During the 2005 in Nijmegen, cineast Jelte Rep talked with Zsolt Nyulasi. Zsolt and András (in the background) rode all the way to Holland to witness the European championship. They did not hear about the event until it was too late, so they could not participate. But they wanted to see it with their own eyes.

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1Monday, 27 June 2011 09:58
girl next door
love you, Martin..
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