Sunday 04 October 2015

Riichi Lessons from the Master

riichiLesson1NEW YORK 27 September 2015 - During the New York Riichi Open this weekend, Shigekazu Moriyama met with the group around the table to share some sage advice. Without exception, every single player observing Mr. Moriyama's advice was blown away by being shown an entirely new way to approach strategy and tile efficiency, leaving every player there a better more enlightened player. His lessons were such a rare treat, Mahjong News will do it's best to share an example pearl for our readers.


An American in Hanover

The Americans chose a rather sonorous name for their club: the US Professional Mahjong League.  According to its president, David Bresnick, the ‘Pro’s’ consist of some ten core players in the NYC area.  Most of them have played for a couple of years. “However”, says David, “it's only during the past six months or so that we've made the decision to move from a casual play group to a more serious league-style organization.”

To this end, they have been working on preparing the necessary foundations: event locations, ranking rules, official documentation and the like.  David: “We are currently on-track to start holding official events this month and starting to work on bolstering our numbers, we expect to at least double in size by June of the coming year.  We're all feeling very positive about our ability to build a strong foundation here in NYC.”  

David is extremely happy that the Pro’s are entitled to send a delegate to the EC Riichi 2010. “It is a very exciting prospect, and we'd definitely be pleased to send someone. it seems that we've qualified for Hanover due to a stroke of good luck - an unexpectedly empty seat coupled with the fortuitous timing of our debut.  However, we're going to be taking the Championship very seriously. We are planning a tournament sometime in February or March to determine whom we'll be sending, and the lucky player will no doubt be treated to merciless practice sessions.”


David: “Currently, our focus is the NYC area, so our operations are going to be centered around building up a solid playerbase there.  In the long-term, our goal is to establish a strong riichi community within the United States both for competitive and casual play.  I feel that the game speaks for itself, and with a good support framework in place to educate people we'll find no shortage of interested players.”

The club has been asked to take care of a weekly column at ReachMahjong.Com. By now, its first contribution has been published there.

Website of the US Pro Mahjong League
Comments (2)Comments are closed
1Friday, 08 January 2010 04:06
I wish riichi Mahjong would catch on more domestically since there's no scene where I'm at and I'd have to travel clear across the country.
2Friday, 08 January 2010 12:51
Great news! Cool!
Look forward to meet the lucky contestant in Hannover.
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