WORLD - Taking place all around the globe this weekend are multiple world events, to include the Fifth World Mahjong Championship in Xi'an China, the MCR Elite Open Guang'an China, the MCR and Riichi Combi in Edewecht Germany, the Styrian MCR in Tribuswinkel (Baden) Austria, and the MCR Imperial Open Reunion Island. All this competition makes this weekend a Super Saturday of Mahjong for 2017. Early results for multiple competitions already rolling in.

Soft light on the black tiles, which can finally be used during the dark season.

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - For Dutch riichi mahjong player Martin Rep, playing dark mahjong games has come to an end. Whether day or night, from now on he can always choose his favorite mahjong set without having to bother about light conditions. Thanks to LED strips which provide beautiful floodlight on the tiles. 

Snapshot of the current simulation of the riichi ranking

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - As approved by the General Assembly last June, the Mahjong European Ranking System (MERS) will radically change on New Year's day 2018 as a result of a new calculation method.

Mrs. Gemma Sakamoto showing off the brand new book.

TOKYO, Japan - JPML player Mrs. Jenn Barr has shared information is releasing a new book. "The Riichi Mahjong Pro-spective", published by Reach Spirits Inc., will be available on Kindle next week, however, participants of the upcoming "World Riichi Championship" will have the opportunity to purchase a hardcopy at the tournament venue.

EMA General Assembly 2017 in session

PÓVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal - A few weeks ago, during the Open European Mahjong Championship 2017 in Póvoa de Varzim, the European Mahjong Association (EMA) called a General Assembly (GA). The General Assembly is the highest authority of the European Mahjong Association, convening once every two years. This afternoon the report on this event was published on the EMA site.