Tuesday 21 April 2015

Cyrille Rak Cracks the Case as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong!

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LONDON 17 April 2015 - It was an unsolved mystery that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-eight detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers. Cyrille Rak solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding him 1st place as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong, followed by Konsta Lensu and Sylvain Malbec.

Congratulations also to Vitaly Novikov, author of the riddles and coordinator of the contest, for his most successful season of mysteries to date, and for a contest excellently done.

A special thanks also to Mahjongtime.com for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.

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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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