Friday 30 September 2016

No mercy

adrievangeffenWhile 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.

Primary requirement

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.

Comments (2)Comments are closed
1Tuesday, 12 July 2011 21:38
There are clear rules for qualification and substitution.

Disqualification occurs solely based on clear cases of cheating or obstruction.

Substitution occurs when a player is 15 mins late for a session, or from the beginning of the sessions if it is known that the player is not going to play/show up. Being ill or missing a train is NOT a reason for disqualification.

What happens to table points is summarised below:

1) Substitution for a full session - the substituted player gets 0 points,
the others however get points according to their ranking.

2) Disqualification during a session - the disqualified player gets 0 points (and no result for the tournament), the others get 1, 2, 4 points regardless of the result of the substitute. The next rounds are then played according to 1).

3) Subtitution during a session, that is non voluntary (ill, or some grave matter) - this will most likely mean that the player in question will not return in a next session, but he / she might the following day for instance. - ruled according to 1)

A disqualified player is not listed in the final ranking. But the arbitration committee can decide on future consequences of a disqualification. This has not been necessary so far, fortunately.

Being ill is NOT a reason for disqualification. The referees at OEMC 2011 OF COURSE know why they put in a substitute player in the last session; no investigation is needed. The hinting that Ombretta committed foul play is completely unwarrented and I am surprised that such a slandering story is published without fact-checking.

The case of a player being a full day late was a bit controversial, but there wasn't really any basis in the rules to disqualify the player. The decision was thoroughly discussed by the referee team who called upon the arbitration committee to make the final decision. The decision was also announced at the EMA general assembly who decided it should make precedence. Note, however, that tournaments may have regulations that state that on-site registration must be completed at a certain time. In such a case a player being very late could disqualify himself.

If a player leaves a tournament simply because he doesn't want to play anymore it can be considered obstruction by the referees. The head referee can choose to disqualify the player if the case is certain. But sometimes giving the player zero table points and leaving the player in the tournament ranking could be a harder punishment since it adds a bad result to the EMA ranking, whereas a disqualification is not listed in the ranking (based on the precedence of OEMC 2007).
2Tuesday, 09 August 2011 14:24
"The referees at OEMC 2011 OF COURSE know why they put in a substitute player in the last session; no investigation is needed."
Maybe not for the OEMC referees, but Mahjong News sure needs to do some investigation.
I don't know why Rui Manuel Machado and Ombretta Tassinari didn't show up, and it seems the article's author didn't know either.

It's unbelievable that a newspaper shows only one point of view without the opinions of the concerned parties, while lacking to present essential fact like why did the players have not shown up.

Excuse me Adrie if I seem aggressive, I understand your griefs, but it looks like you didn't know what you're talking about.
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