Friday 19 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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Mahjong News poll about ‘open’ or ‘closed’ championships

riichimahVIENNA - Is it discrimination? Is it allowed? Is it better for mahjong in Europe to make the next European Riichi Championship ‘for Europeans only’? Is it okay to make an exception then to the rule and admit Japanese players, since they developed riichi mahjong and we can learn a lot from them?

Kasu, the Vienna riichi mahjong club, wants to organize the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2012. In the letter which they have sent to EMA, the Kasu players have suggested some modifications to the regulation, in order ‘to improve the game experience’. (Read all about the proposal here.)

Mahjong News wonders how you, the reader of our Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper, thinks about it. Also EMA does, given the suggestion of its president, Robert Rijnders, to discuss the topic.

So, here is your chance. Please give your opinion in the new Mahjong News poll: should the next EC Riichi be open or not? We love to hear from you…

Comments (2)Comments are closed
1Monday, 13 September 2010 16:21
Tom Sloper
The question is, what problem does it solve? If there are too many player applications for every event, then yes, institute classifications or categorizations, with separate events for each. Regionals, male/female, junior/senior, heavyweight/lightweight events. When's the heavyweight senior male USA western open happening?
2Tuesday, 14 September 2010 04:09
Chris Rowe
Personally I can see aspects of each one that could be appealing, and I don't really see why it wouldn't be possible to do both. A European Open, which is open to competitors from around the world, and a European Championships, which is specifically for European players.

My main issue is with the arbitrary exception to allow Japanese entrants. It's fairly commonplace in many sports, from Football to Athletics, to hold European Championships where the incentive is to allow European players to compete against European players, and to perhaps allow some Europeans to shine in a major competition, when they are perhaps not good enough to do it on the world stage. However, none of these events would undermine that sort of thinking by then allowing select countries to compete as well. The principle is to restrict it to European players, and it seems daft to both restrict and unrestrict at the same time.

If it was for European players only, and was an addition to the calendar (rather than replacing an existing Open event) then personally I'd be in favour of it, especially in the future when (hopefully) mahjong develops more popularity and major tournaments become oversubscribed.
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