Thursday 27 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.


Riichi event in Moscow ‘Japan House’


MOSCOW - The biggest Russian reach mahjong club Tesuji is organizing an open riichi tournament in Moscow on May, 13th. Over forty Russians have already subscribed to the competition,  but Tesuji would also like to invite players from all over Europe to participate.

The rules are very close to JPML-B, with minor differences. Open tanyao is allowed. No red fives are used, there are no double yakuman hands. The primary criterion for the classification will be the average place, the secondary is total score. The full text of the regulations can be found on the Tesuji website.
The tournament will consist of four 90 minutes game hanchan (sessions). The winner will receive a valuable prize. Registration is already open on the club site, the fee is 600 roubles (€15). The venue will be the Business and Cultural Center ‘Japan House’. The competition is not MERS-rated by EMA.
More information can be found here. There you can also find a registration form and a list of regulations for the tournament.

Where to stay

Places to stay in Moscow:



Irina Konishcheva of Tesuji: “Another option is to contact the Tesuji riichi club directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we'll try to find some place to stay without searching through hostels. We have a good friendly community here, and many of us will be glad to welcome a foreign fellow player.

“There are already more than 40 registered players, but don't worry. We have reserved a few places for foreign players, so one has time to think and make a decision. Everyone can feel free to ask any questions in the comments on site or contact the representative of the club on the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll be glad to play with you.”

Promo video about the open Moscow tournament

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