Thursday 29 September 2016

Also Austria interested in next EC Riichi


COPENHAGEN - Three EMA member countries have shown interest to organize the next European riichi mahjong championship: Austra, France and the Netherlands. On the last day of 2011, the deadline was passed for countries to candidate themselves for the ECR2013. EMA will come to a decision after April 1st.


According to Tina Christensen, president of the European Mahjong Association, the French have sent EMA ‘an expression of interest’ to organize the competition. “But”, says Mrs. Christensen, “they are not ready to submit a proposal before April or May, because they want to see how it goes with their riichi tournament in March.”

In that month, the TNT Riichi Tournament will take place at Puteaux near Paris in France. This will be the first riichi tournament in France, organized by a genuine riichi club, i.e. TNT: Tri Nitro Tiles. (The first riichi tournament in France, the French Riichi Open in March last year, was an initiative by the French mahjong federation, and mainly organized by MCR-players.)

Until now, there are no further details available yet about the Austrian proposal.


The Dutch have submitted a more complete proposal, although they are of the opinion that  it is not yet their turn. It was the Dutch who, together with the Hanover mahjong club, organized the first EC Riichi in Hanover, 2008; besides, the Dutch Mahjong Association just recently organized the world (MCR) championship mahjong at Utrecht (2010).

Remarkably enough, the proposal mentions the Belgian city of Antwerp as the likely venue for the championship. The Dutch have chosen for this venue since Dutch accommodations are much more expensive than in Belgium, although still options within the Dutch borders will be examined. Antwerp is situated just 50 kilometers from the Dutch border; moreover, the Dutch and the Flemish speak the same language.

In their proposal, a maximum subscription fee for the players of €99 is mentioned. Just as was the case during the two previous ECR’s, the Antwerp tournament will be completed in two days (nine hanchan, or sessions).

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