ONLINE - The 2016 International Online Riichi Mahjong Competition kicked off at 7 AM EDT on November 5th for the sixth time since its inception in 2011. Players gathered on the online Riichi mahjong platform Tenhou.net from seventeen different countries to test their skills against some of the best online mahjong players in the world.
The tournament’s champion, Maichii from Japan, was the only player to finish first in all four hanchans, earning 216 points. Second place went to Liang-yu Chen from Chinese Taipei with 194 points, and third to Shawn Wu of China with 149. Top team was the Chinese Taipei in overall standings.
The tournament’s format consisted of four hanchans per player, the cumulative scores of which would decide the players’ final position. Most of the regular Tenhou rules remained in effect for the competition (see summary below), with the allowance of negative player scores being the most notable difference.
The number of participating countries in this year’s competition more than doubled the turnout of the 2015 event. Chinese Taipei played the strongest overall throughout the entire tournament and was the only team in which all four players finished in positive territory, two of which placed in the top eight.
The North American Riichi Mahjong Association (NARMA) posted a recording here of a few matches, centering on North American competitors, with full commentary from the association’s tournament director Edwin Dizon and cohost David Bresnick.
How do the players from Chinese Taipei feel about winning the team match?
funliung: It’s very encouraging for Taiwanese players that we won the IORMC competition upon first invitation. Since Riichi Mahjong is still not well-known in the Taiwan currently, we hope more people will have interest in it after the event.
Rays: I played Riichi Mahjong since attending college, it’s a surprise and really exciting thing for me that I passed the qualification competition in Taiwan, and get plus score in IORMC.
At the start of the 4th session, it looked like Liang-yu Chen would win the individual match easily. I think he took very hard knock during the 4th stage because of bad luck. How about his feelings in the individual match?
Liang-yu Chen: As I have played over two-thousand matches in the Tenhou Pheonix lobby, I've suffered a lot from a bad beat or from losing through non-optimal play, so don’t really feel depressed about being defeated in the IORMC individual event! But I am very proud that our team still won the team IORMC despite funliung/Peng-yu having network issues in 4th round!
I want to discuss some hands in the final table…
Here I made the right decision, not to richi (1. no dora 2. only 1 9p left 3. the dealer is very threatening).
Although I made a dora-5p-richi, this was still a questionable play since I only had to avoid 4th place! And even not in this situation, I think not declaring richi would have been better (given 1.only one 9p left 2. the dealer is very threatening). Well, the outcome was quite a bad beat, but it came from bad play ☺
Here まいちぃ chi 4m from me and ron 跳滿 later. However, I still think 4m is a good play, since 3m dropped in 5th round, less likely for him needing 4m.
How about the whole competition?
Thank you for your effort in the competition. We really enjoyed it with strong players among various nations. There was an accident that every table played with a duplicate hand in the 1st round, but it was very interesting to see how different thoughts and actions from different players played out.
Please feel free to tell us anything about this competition.
池田ねこ: Thanks for announcing the scoring table instantly after finishing each round, it was really quick and easy to understand. I'm very appreciative to KML for announcing the competition progress in the chat room and for answering the questions in brief English. These should be encouraged more in the future.
funliung: We hope that more people will have interest in Riichi Mahjong after the event!
Final Results of the International Online Riichi Competition (Riichi, MERS N/A), Tenhou
|Rank||Nation||Player Name||Tenhou ID||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|2||Chinese Taipei||Liang-yu Chen||tnfsh204||98||51||81||-36||194|
|7||Chinese Taipei||Ming-Hsin Kuo||池田ねこ||55||-46||47||47||103|
|8||United States||Zixuan Jiang||雪泉@月閃||38||-50||63||47||98|
|11||Great Britain||Chris Rowe||RostiLFC||47||-16||9||40||80|
|14||United States||Daniel Pascua||DdR_Dan||4||-22||23||59||64|
|16||Hong Kong||Lui Chung Yin||湊斗かげあき||11||68||-23||4||60|
|20||Chinese Taipei||Peng-Yu Chen||Rays||14||5||-16||44||47|
|24||France||Jérémie Pierard de Maujouy||doux||56||-27||14||-16||27|
|25||United States||Wei Bin Wang||Harmonix||43||49||-12||-56||24|
|27||Vietnam||NGUYEN Doan Thuy||amaika||-24||72||8||-36||20|
|30||Great Britain||David Clarke||科学者@川村軍団||56||-42||-10||4||8|
|31||Great Britain||Max Bowsher||MaxB||47||-32||3||-13||5|
|40||Vietnam||VO Son Giang||Yuzuki94||-47||11||15||3||-18|
|43||Hong Kong||Allen Chan||若宮明日香||-40||17||-19||13||-29|
|46||Hong Kong||Mick Yeung||Lung||-18||17||2||-36||-35|
|47||Great Britain||Michael Donaghy||lmm||-70||2||-22||49||-41|
|63||United States||Martin Zhang||スピカテリブル||21||-74||-43||-17||-113|
|65||Vietnam||NGUYEN Quoc Tuan||-Sunata-||-42||-38||-41||-16||-137|
|66||Vietnam||PHAM Hong Lich||天下無双||18||-43||-60||-58||-143|
OIRMC riichi rules for the tournament: aborts included four kongs, four riichi, four winds, nine types, and three rons; open-kong delayed-turning, kiriage mangan, liability paymetns include big four winds and big three dragons; negative scores allowed, agari-yame, shanyu, and unclaimed riichi wagers awarded to the match winner.