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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Martin Wedel Jacobsen European mahjong champion - OEMC 2007

 

Disqualification

A very sad moment at the Second Open European Mahjong Championship today was when head referee Mr. Uwe Martens had to announce that a player had been disqualified for cheating. Mr. Tatsuro Tanioka had been caught in the act Saturday by the referee staff. Just before the start of the tournament, a special committee of the tournament organization confirmed the decision to disqualify him, after the Japanese had written an appeal.

For the referee team, the OEMC 2007 is a difficult event. On this tournament, almost all the talks are about the referees and the strict way that they make decisions. It is the judges and not the players now who are the new mahjong gods of the tournament.

Mr. Uwe Martens: 'Luckily most players now accept that they have to take care what they are doing.' But for some players, some decisions are hard to accept. E.g. that a winning hand is declared faulty when the winning tile is not put next to the other combinations.

Individual results

Facts about the disqualification

 


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