Friday 27 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn


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.



Reunion: mahjong in Europe’s farthest corner

reunion2010tellenREUNION - You meet them in various tournaments in Europe: players who speak French, but who are actually living some 10,000 kilometers from Paris; sometimes black, sometimes white, sometimes Chinese - and almost always very strong mahjong players. Emmanuel Tai Leung, for one, was one of the first leaders of the EMA MCR Ranking.

These are players who live on Reunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean. Since the island has a large Chinese community, mahjong has been a favorite pastime here for quite some time. No wonder that, amongst the less than 800,000 inhabitants, a flourishing mahjong community exists, which participates actively in the international tournament scene. Soon after the French mahjong federation (FFMJ) was founded - during the OEMC 2005 in Holland - the first French Open was organized on Reunion.


reunion2010dlnrsBy now, the FFMJ has become one of the most important, and strongest, mahjong organizations in Europe. So, when the Reunions plan to organize the French championship 2011 on their island, it is a more serious affair than it was some five years ago. The Reunion Open which is being held this weekend, can be considered a finger exercise for next year’s event.
In this weekend’s competition, only players from Reunion and the French mainland participate. But the Reunions hope that next year, the French Open on the island, will get a massive response from mahjong players all over Europe.
It might even raise enthusiasm for a European Championship, to be held on Reunion, some time in the near future. Who knows?  


Results of the 2010 Reunion Open

Website of Mahjong Reunion

More about Reunion in the CIA Factbook

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1Monday, 20 September 2010 13:45
Laptop computers for score writing? So high-tech...
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