Friday 27 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn

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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.

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

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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