Tuesday 22 July 2014

Hiroshi Yamai: 2014 World Riichi Champion

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PUTEAUX, July 20 - 2014 World Riichi Mahjong Champion. The setting took place in the beautiful ‘Maire de Puteaux’ building, City Hall to the grand host city for this four day event. During the first two days of the tournament, 120 competitors from 23 countries vyied for a covetted position in the top 32. Those fortunate 32 players on day three played for stratification into four groups, A, B, C and D, where each group would compete for places 1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32 respectively. The Final 8 to make it into the A Group played two additional hanchan on two tables in the morning of 20 July, 2014, with the top two players from each table securing their prized seat at the Top Four table; battleground for the illustrious title as the world’s first ever declared Champion of Riichi Mahjong. His name: Hiroshi Yamai.

Pictures of the WRC on Flickr

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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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