Concentrated listening candidates. 

PÓVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal – As the players get more and more nervous and are longing to throw the dice and start the sixth Open European Mahjong Championship, today there’s other business at Póvoa de Varzim. In the casino of the Portuguese seaside resort, a referee seminar is held.

The boxes with the special sets, stored in Rui Machado’s living room.

PÓVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal – Rui Manuel Machado is angry. Or, as he prefers to say it himself: “I am pissed off.” 

The director of the Open European Mahjong Championship 2017 feels he is cheated by the exporter of the special mahjong sets which he had made in China. As a result of that, the sets will be more expensive than Rui had planned.

The Flowers, Seasons and the Bamboo 1 tile of the OEMC 2017 set.

PÓVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal – Here they are! The special tiles of the sets that will be used during the Open European Mahjong Championship 2017 in Portugal. Rui Machado, organizer of the competition and designer of the tiles, has chosen for two themes that are of great importance for the Póvoa region: fish and fruit.

Poster of the OEMC 2017, designed by organizer Rui Machado and a friend.

POVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal - This is the official poster of the European Championship (MCR), which will take place in Portugal next year.