2016OIRMC

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…
東2局, 8thround
Here I made the right decision, not to richi (1. no dora 2. only 1 9p left 3. the dealer is very threatening).
 
東2局, 9thround
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 ☺
 
南3局, 7thround
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
1 Japan maichii まいちぃ 47 68 56 45 216
2 Chinese Taipei Liang-yu Chen tnfsh204 98 51 81 -36 194
3 China shawn wu 零落星奈 59 -19 46 63 149
4 Korea Jun-Ho Kwak Pingdrum 54 -40 64 56 134
5 France Simon Picard 麻聖夕 6 46 52 21 125
6 Australia Muller 偽赤木 67 -20 63 10 120
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
9 Indonesia Casey Lee Fuch0u 16 46 47 -19 90
10 Australia Anthony T anthto 6 56 14 12 88
11 Great Britain Chris Rowe RostiLFC 47 -16 9 40 80
12 Sweden Karl-Edward Ekeblad Lindskog 52 10 46 -28 80
13 France Mickael Riviere kenshew 18 50 -38 43 73
14 United States Daniel Pascua DdR_Dan 4 -22 23 59 64
15 Poland Piotr Powalowski Powalka 5 17 56 -15 63
16 Hong Kong Lui Chung Yin 湊斗かげあき 11 68 -23 4 60
17 China fuckdubu 点草独歩 -30 61 15 13 59
18 Singapore Eric quekyze2 -18 9 -7 73 57
19 Russia Ian Knives Кана 10 42 15 -17 50
20 Chinese Taipei Peng-Yu Chen Rays 14 5 -16 44 47
21 Japan ringo @りんご@ 8 15 15 4 42
22 Canada William Lou Element -20 2 47 11 40
23 Japan Takunori Kajimoto takutei -43 -50 63 61 31
24 France Jérémie Pierard de Maujouy doux 56 -27 14 -16 27
25 United States Wei Bin Wang Harmonix 43 49 -12 -56 24
26 Slovakia Matej Labas harph 6 -20 58 -24 20
27 Vietnam NGUYEN Doan Thuy amaika -24 72 8 -36 20
28 Chinese Taipei funliung funliung 42 -35 65 -53 19
29 Sweden Fritiof Olsson fso 2 -4 -36 54 16
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
32 Canada Stephen So エンジェルス☆ 6 -15 -42 54 3
33 China Miao Zhou sabixi 60 12 -41 -28 3
34 Russia Dmitriy Zaitsev Mityai -14 -24 -18 58 2
35 Australia Owadasenmu 大和田専務 -18 63 -12 -34 -1
36 Poland Mateusz Wozniak 立直平和人 -27 10 5 10 -2
37 Japan colotite colotite -11 46 -52 12 -5
38 Korea Jun-Hee Lee harookie -34 67 -6 -41 -14
39 Canada Casper Tsai AW -31 -27 64 -21 -15
40 Vietnam VO Son Giang Yuzuki94 -47 11 15 3 -18
41 Korea Yoon-Jeong Cho ninaka -17 -42 16 19 -24
42 Sweden Jasper Germeys 原外桃 12 -16 -2 -18 -24
43 Hong Kong Allen Chan 若宮明日香 -40 17 -19 13 -29
44 France Mathieu Chambe Bacu -18 55 -25 -42 -30
45 Indonesia Arie Novandi Blueblob -20 51 -50 -14 -33
46 Hong Kong Mick Yeung Lung -18 17 2 -36 -35
47 Great Britain Michael Donaghy lmm -70 2 -22 49 -41
48 Singapore Lance LuckSack -21 -20 14 -21 -48
49 Korea Choong-Seog Kim FIRESIGN -40 12 -34 10 -52
50 Slovakia Juraj Moza Rem-rin -23 15 -28 -19 -55
51 China huang meng 萌えの神 -18 -31 -23 16 -56
52 Poland Dominik Jarno ドック -43 3 -74 47 -67
53 Slovakia Tomas Siron トシSVK 9 -57 -66 47 -67
54 Indonesia Pulung Septyoko Pikokola -46 15 6 -43 -68
55 Russia Valeriya Kim Replay -65 -35 54 -25 -71
56 Canada Josh Kuo kuowiz -31 53 -55 -48 -81
57 Sweden Stefan Persson d(0.0;)b 44 -38 -71 -19 -84
58 Australia Lily Hanasawa 68 -63 -21 -71 -87
59 Russia Nikita Tkachenko ;_; -35 -23 -23 -7 -88
60 Hong Kong Ming NAO! -22 0 -24 -48 -94
61 Singapore Feng MrFeng -42 -17 -51 13 -97
62 Poland Marek Wakuluk Krabman2 -28 -39 16 -49 -100
63 United States Martin Zhang スピカテリブル 21 -74 -43 -17 -113
64 Slovakia Daniel Siron Magicus -58 -48 -20 5 -121
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
67 Singapore Simon |殲滅天使| -37 -25 -46 -43 -151
68 Indonesia Yuriko Aya aYa -54 -18 -51 -36 -159

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.

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