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47Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:53
Thanks for the article!!!
I want cookie! , Mahjong News
46Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:12

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 ^^

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
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

A Mahjong Curse

I warn you, dear reader: reading this column may influence your results on the next mahjong tournament, and the next, and even the next after the next.
But there is also a chance that, as a result of this, the tiles will be with you for always.
If you have a clear conscience, then you have nothing to fear. So in that case, read on - and perhaps you can even help me.

Long ago, when I was just learning the Game of a 1,000 Intelligences, I used a rack to put my tiles on. It helped me to arrange the tiles easily, and to see them quite well. Since tiles always were the bone and bamboo type, and thus had rounded back, it was quite convenient to use those racks. It was hard enough to build a solid wall; the slightest touch could cause the tiles to drop on the table.
After that, I learned that bone and bamboo tiles may be beautiful, but not exactly fit for a good mahjong game. So I bought some plastic sets. Since, at the time, I preferred to play Hong Kong mahjong, the motto was: the bigger the better. The tiles did not need a rack anymore. They were simply too large for them; besides, they could stand up quite well on their own. In fact, in Hong Kong mahjong there is a rule called ‘all up’: going out with a concealed hand, in other words: all tiles were still standing.
I learned a lot about mahjong later. E.g. that racks are out and rulers are in. Rulers are, in fact, just simple rulers, but they are made to facilitate the game. You can easily make dead straight walls. You can set your tiles in an impeccable row. You can quickly build a wall for another player who is doing the calculating or fixing the drinks, and move it fast to him.
Rulers became indispensable for me. So I was very happy to buy a nice set of rulers when in Hong Kong. Four black rulers, made of black plastic. One of them, for East or, in my case, for me, had a Chinese character in a circle. I think it depicted the first character of ‘mahjong’.
That particular ruler I used in the Second China Championship in Hong Kong, in the Second French Championship in Paris, in the first European Riichi Championship in Hanover, in the Second Open European Mahjong Championship in Copenhagen. In Chengdu, during the second World Mahjong Championship, I played against a Chinese called Li Li. He looked jealously at my ruler and said: ‘Cool’. Unfortunately, it did not make me win and half a day later, Li Li was the new world champion.

And now it is gone. My fine black ruler. Someone, I do not know who, now has it, and I miss it very, very much.

Last week, I took the ruler with me to the Second Belgian Open Championship at Temse in Belgium. On Saturday, it served me as ever. That night, in my hotel room, I looked for it in vain in my mahjong bag.
The next day, in the venue, it was not there as well.
So, somewhere out there, is now playing mahjong, using my ruler.
What does he think? That a fine ruler, which served me all over the world in games against so many famous players, would now serve him?
This will not happen.
The ruler is cursed in the hands of someone else. I have burned a mahjong candle, I have drunk mahjong tea as I spoke my curse:
May the mahjong winds blow forever bad for this person. May the tiles be against him always. May anyone who knows where my ruler is but has not spoken, never again draw a winning tile from the wall. May the words hu, tsumo, ron and mahjong be unspoken forever for this person. May the Nine Gates never open for him anymore. May the Thirteen Unique Wonders turn their back on him forever.

But then, I got pity on this poor player who has made such a minor mistake. And I thought there could be forgiveness. So I sipped my tea and I continued:
May the Green Dragon, the Red Dragon and the White Dragon accompany the player who regrets his mistake and sends my ruler back to me. May the Four Winds send him their blessings. May mahjong, again, mean friendship forever for him.

I think I made myself clear. Send me back that %$#@ ruler, and send it back immediately!


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1Friday, 22 May 2009 12:12
Alan Kwan
In the World Series of Mahjong in Macao (in which I acted as head judge), we supply mahjong rulers to the players. In the first year, many players forgot and subsequently lost their rulers. In the second year, the judges took special care to remind the players to take their rulers when they leave the table, but still one or two were lost.

I'm sorry that I can't help Martin here, but a suggestion to all those who are bringing your prized rulers to any tournament: label (preferably engrave) the ruler with your name! Or even tie the ruler to your pants with a long piece of string. Unless it's a cheap $2 piece you don't mind losing, don't count on your own memory for ruler retrieval!
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