- Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:40
- Written by Adrie van Geffen
While not participating in the OEMC 2011 at Mestre, I kept myself entertained by watching the Tour de France. This edition is like watching a Formula 1 race, waiting for the next accident to occur. Broken bones every other hour and cyclists going home or to hospital early. One thing is for sure: they do not appear in the ranking after the Tour is over.
Not so at Mestre. Of course it is nice of the organization to let Rui Manuel Machado play from the fifth session on with him being a day late to show up. Perhaps on the spur of the moment, or just being nice, he was allowed to take a place at the table. But it wasn’t HIS place anymore. He should have been regarded as the substitute himself. The first day Renato Tiengo was the substitute, the next two days it was Rui. But he should not appear in the final ranking. You may argue that when Rui is in the ranking, then why not Renato?
I saw the stats of the tournament on the Monday after the tournament. They show that there has been a substitution in the last round as well. Ombretta Tassinari for Italy, with 16 table points, didn’t play in the last round. The name of the substitute is not mentioned. There may be all kinds of reasons, even a lot of sympathetic ones, why Ombretta didn’t play the last round. But whatever that reason may be: she should have been disqualified and not appear in the final ranking at all.
Recently there has been discussion that for some people both rounds of 2 hours and days of tournaments take too long. But it was argued that playing a mahjong tournament is composed of some elements, endurance being one of them. If a player takes the first day off or is too tired to play the last round, then that player doesn’t fulfill the primary requirement: one has to play the full tournament until the end. And if not that’s the end of story.
I certainly hope that the referees will review the ranking and still disqualify both players. At least have them taken out of the rankings. Also there should be an inquiry about the absence of Ombretta in the last round. If not valid then a ban on participation in a next tournament should be considered. Otherwise this would establish a precedent to upcoming tournaments where players decide to leave the tournament early because they cannot reach the stage anymore. About that I have fulminated earlier.