Saturday 19 April 2014

Readers’ Comments

42Sunday, 02 March 2014 23:11
Dominik Kolenda

As for today, there is known only one name out of three: 1. Winner of the WRCQ2014 - Dominik Kolenda but, I am only a nominee. The deadline of qualification is 01.04 and then the nominee persons will be contacted to make sure that they can participate in the WRC.

41Friday, 28 February 2014 10:14
Masahiko Takahashi
Thanks to EaTME for sharing your opinion.
IMHO this is rule book. Not "how to play mahjong". As you know mahjong has many local,house and unspoken rules . These points should be clarified. But the counting way is common without any doubt. How to count the point is "how to". Even I may say point table is not necessary either.
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:16
Masahiko Takahashi
And WRC players should remember the point at least common one(20fu/30fu/25fu/40fu) naturally because she/he plays mahjong a lot and this is manner and etiquette. Uncommon 70fu or more as you said is just sum of basic one.1han70fu=1han30fu+1han40fu.
Even 100,110fu are the same. That's the matter player knows or not.
40Friday, 28 February 2014 06:09
In hypothetical case one person might be number 1 in two or three categories. One should elaborate secondarily criteria, for instance, who of 2nd places has priority (if player A is N1 in EMA ranking and ePLM league, one need to choose only one person between player B, N2 in EMA ranking, and player C, N2 in ePLM league).
You'd better to do that before actual results would come.
Sunday, 02 March 2014 23:04
Dominik Kolenda

Yes, it is possible that one player will win all 3 methods. In that case there would be a special commitee which will choose from which method that player will qualify. It will consider the power of the 2nd players.

Friday, 28 February 2014 20:58
Senechal D.
Since the Swedish qualifier is at the end of March in Linköping, if the winner is the leader in the EMA ranking, it will be whoever is 2nd in the ranking, and not 2nd at the tournament, from what I have heard.
39Thursday, 27 February 2014 06:42

As always information about Poland if fake, We are not assign 3 player during MERS 1 Tournament. We prepared special system to assign players, 1 from tournament that will take place, 1 best overrall (using EMA ranking) and winner of ePLM league that will take place place during march-april.

38Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:19

Finally checked the rulebook, and imho (i'm not native speaker) the following "• For hands worth less than five han, the minipoints rounded up are doubled by the number of han plus 2, giving the basevalue of the hand." makes absolutely no sense. Shouldn't it be something like "For hands worth less than five han, the rounded minipoints are multiplied by two to the power of han+2, giving the base value of the hand"??

Friday, 28 February 2014 16:49
Senechal D.
Hi there,
Mr. Malbec's writing of the rules is acceptable in English, but not "perfect". Yours, while undeniably infinitesimally (Google it) "better" is not "perfect" either.

As Masa clearly pointed out, this is a rulebook, not a how to play guide. As such, there are sections that should be totally removed and others cut down.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:04

I think maybe it is taking about "Bazoro" which is not necessary to consider now a days. Official way of calculation is count basic point first. Basic point means the point which have to be paid by Non-East in case of Tsumo. It is calculated as below. Basic point = "Mini point" x 2^(han+2) "han+2" this 2 is "Bazoro" Example: 2han 40 point Basic point will be 40 x 2^(2+2) = 640 and it is rounded up to 700. This 700 is equal to Non-East payment of 2han 40 point(1300/700)

Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:32

I just said the wording is wrong and misleading, it doesn't make any sense when it's written as it's now

Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:08

People MIGHT care about it if they know how to do math fast enought and don't want to remember useless point tables. If both options exist and are correct way to tell you score, why should anyone be forced to remember those partialy useless numbers (for hands with 70 or more fu as they are pretty uncommon). Sorry, but i see absolutely no justification for saying it shouldn't be here just because we have point tables

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:21
Masahiko Takahashi
Is it talking about "bazoro" right? If yes, I think this sentence is not necessary even if it is fixed to correct one. Point table exists. No one care about it.

WC Riichi possibly in Europe


AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Japanese mahjong organizations are reacting positively on a initiative for the first world championship of riichi mahjong. This competition should take place somewhere in Europe, within the years to come.  This information comes from a report by Martin Rep of Mahjong News, who is making an inquiry into the options of a possible WCR. The Dutch Mahjong Association has assigned Mr. Rep, on his own request, to make the investigation. The results will be presented to the general assembly of the Dutch association, which will take place next month.

American/Japanese mahjong player Ryan Morris and British player Gemma Collinge have had a meeting with representatives of Japanese riichimahjong leagues to talk about a WCR. Both Gemma and Ryan are positive about the progress of the talks. Yet, according to Martin Rep there are still many problems to solve, e.g. in the field of the rules for the championship. But, he says, the fact that the Japanese are willing to discuss the event, is an opportunity without any precedent. 


Tina Christensen, president of the European Mahjong Association, has welcomed the Dutch initiative, although also she emphasizes that there is still much work to be done. “If an organizer steps forward, they will have my full support.”

Riichi mahjong is by far the largest organized mahjong variant with fixed rules. In Japan, dozens of millions play riichi mahjong. There is wide acceptance of the rules, although there are minor differences between some combinations, e.g. about the use of Red Fives, Ura Dora, Kan Dora and Ura Kan Dora (these are all special bonus tiles). The EMA riichi rules were written in consultation with Japanese players. The most important difference between the European and Japanese rules is that in Europe, open tango tanyo (All Simples) is not permitted, whilst this is the case in Japan. Neither Tina Christensen nor Martin Rep expects that it will be a problem for the Europeans to accept open tanyo tango.
Japan has four major (riichi) mahjong organizations: 

  • 日本プロ麻雀連盟Japan Professional Mahjong League 

  • 麻雀プロ麻雀協会NPM (Nihon Pro Mahjong)

  • 麻雀連合(ミュー)Mahjong Union

  • 最高位戦日本プロ麻雀協会Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong Association

Each group has famous players and a pool of ‘pros’ who play in their leagues. Until now, never a world championship riichi mahjong has been organized.

martinrepMartin Rep: “The organizations operate quite independently form each other. I think they never gave the idea of a world championship much thought, so it is not so strange if a foreign institution like the EMA should initialize the first riichi competition. “After all, EMA is an organization with quite some experience in setting up international competitions. The European championships that have been organized since 2005 have been a great stimulant for the development of the Mahjong Competition Rules in Europe. The uprising of riichi in Europe has only just begun. I think it would be fantastic if riichi would experience a similar growth here as MCR did before. Riichi is not the largest mahjong variant for nothing. It is a fascinating game which deserves its own world championship.”
He has no idea when the first WCR might be held. “Much depends from the acceptance of the European mahjong associations, not in the last place the Dutch. Also, the support of sponsors will be very important. This championship must have a fee that can be paid bt young and not so rich riichi players.”

Upcoming riichi tournaments in Europe

Edewecht, Germany, Febr. 18th

Puteaux (Paris), France, March 10~11

Baden, Austria, March 17~18

Berlicum/Hertogenbosch, Holland, April 14th 

Comments (4)Comments are closed
1Friday, 27 January 2012 14:27
Martin, what you mean is tanyao. You might be confusing it with 'tengo,' a type of rate in Japanese mahjong parlours where 1000 points = 50JPY.
2Friday, 27 January 2012 15:29
Senechal Duhaut

I was wondering if there were any discussions related to how and how many players will be allowed to participate. Obviously, it's too soon to know the exact venue (and exact number of players), but would quotas be attributed flatly across all countries (two exceptions for pan-Europe and Japan) or would they be bloated in proportion to EMA country membership?

Also, will there be some kind of qualification requirement, and what shape would it have... for Europeans, Japanese and Canadians (for example)
3Friday, 27 January 2012 17:48
Mahjong News
Hi Sam the Man ;-)

Yep, it's the stupid autocorrection which changed 'tanyo' to 'tango'. (Oops, happened again here!) Of course we are talking tanyo here! Thanks a lot, I will correct the text.

Martin Rep
4Friday, 27 January 2012 17:55
Mahjong News
Hi Senechal,

No discussions yet about the quotas. That's way too early.
A guess: Japan will get many seats, Europa about the same number (if it will take place in Europe). And probably a small number for players outside these regions. This all to be decided by the Japanese organizations and EMA.
About qualification: most likely like it was done for the WMC 2010 in Holland. Or maybe different. This all will be decided in due time…
Martin Rep
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