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Mahjong In The News / Mei Hwa Felder 2015 Swiss Mahjong Champion
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:52:42 pm »

FelderMeiHwa

GENEVA LAKE 04 October 2015 - The Swiss Mahjong Open was the last battle for the annual championship, and Mei Hwa Felder came away with the title. The tournament was won by Matthieu Pfeiffer (France). Daniela Natali (Italy) finished second and Simon Bounkéo Fongue (France) finished third.

The second edition of the Swiss Mahjong Open took place this week-end. The event was held at the castle of La Tour-de-Peilz, a XIIIth century castle, on the shore of the Geneva Lake, who also hoste the Swiss Game Museum.

Castel of La Tour de Peilz

During seven sessions, forty-eight people from seven coutries (France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Mexico and Switzerland) played against each others to reach the first place.

The tournament was won by Matthieu Pfeiffer (France). Daniela Natali (Italy) finished second and Simon Bounkéo Fongue (France) finished third.

Podium 2015 modifie 2

The SMO was also part of the Swiss Mahjong Championship. Mei Hwa Felder won the title of Swiss Champion 2015.

Final results of the Swiss Mahjong Open Tournament 2015

PlaceFirstLastNtlTPPoints
1 Matthieu Pfeiffer FRA 22 1064
2 Daniela Natali ITA 21 399
3 Simon Bounkéo Fongue FRA 20 595
4 Olivier Boivin FRA 19 1020
5 Mei Hwa Felder SUI 19 340
6 Bo Lang SUI 18 964
7 Joël Ratsimandresy FRA 18 559
8 Stefano Rijoff ITA 17 396
9 Giacomo Ferruzzi ITA 17 371
10 Giuseppe Iacolino ITA 16 372
11 Ji Li Pfeiffer FRA 16 204
12 Frank Rostved DEN 15 389
13 Gérard Hêche SUI 15 172
14 Anna Canova Putinier SUI 14 240
15 Cédric Aguerre FRA 14 163
16 Timur Hahn GER 14 120
17 Bruno Manzo FRA 14 45
18 Alberto Rosi ITA 14 35
19 Lionel Legaie FRA 14 -2
20 Alessia Cosmo ITA 14 -136
21 Frédéric Petit FRA 13 140
22 Cyrille Rak FRA 13 29
23 Marco Montebelli ITA 13 -86
24 Francesco Martini ITA 13 -113
25 Anthony Ea FRA 12 -26
26 Caroline Arnaud FRA 12 -35
27 Catherine Xanthopoulos FRA 12 -83
28 Patrice Delay SUI 12 -215
29 Ismaël Perrin SUI 11 -4
30 Olivier Roy FRA 11 -135
31 Thomas Bonjour SUI 10 52
32 Yvonne van der Heide NED 10 -6
33 Fatiha Benelkadi FRA 10 -196
34 Nathalie Jacquart SUI 10 -421
35 Annie Manzo FRA 9 84
36 Frédéric Chassot SUI 8 -145
37 Romain Herdier FRA 8 -317
38 Manuel Santos FRA 8 -344
39 Marc-Antoine Hofmann SUI 7 -314
40 Jose Luis Barradas MEX 7 -359
41 Agnès Rak FRA 7 -515
42 Sandro Zanetti SUI 7 -516
43 Lionel Grandao SUI 7 -587
44 Tanja Mayr Delacrétaz SUI 7 -589
45 Danilo Serio ITA 6 -597
46 Eva Laini SUI 5 -388
47 Renata Barradas SUI 5 -953
48 Marie-Hélène Groux SUI 4 -671

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Contenct lenses designed to highlight luminous marked tiles are the latest in cheating technologies.

(ECNS) - A man swept in more than 200,000 yuan ($3,1357.8) during a half-month mahjong gambling spree by using a pair of special contact lenses, according to Xiaoxiang Morning News.

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33
Mahjong In The News / 2015 Russian Mahjong Champion Anastasiya Chernykh
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:38:39 pm »

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ST. PETERSBURG 27 September 2015 - The seventh MERS2 MCR Championship in Russia took place in Saint-Petersburg -- the northern capital of Russia. 39 players from Russia and one player from France competed in 7 sessions in this 2-day event. The new champion of Russia is Anastasiya Chernykh.

After full score in first five sessions she had tremendous advantage before other competitors. Nevertheless, the champion title was determined only during the last deal of the last session! The runner-up Anna Shpilman passed twice on opportunites for mahjong, chosing not to take it from a third party's discard in order to aim for the proper score zone to win champion. In the end, it was all in vain, as mahjong was taking by Anastasiya, clinching her post as the new champion.

MCR Russia 2015 tough play

The top three winners received Galaxy tab devices in addition to trophies. Special prizes were given to the best (and only) foreign player and to the youngest participant -- Vyacheslav Chichigin. This tournament was the 13 year-old's his 3rd EMA-tournament.

2015Russian1

Special thanks to Galina Dulenko and Alexander Babushkin for hosting the event! Everything was perfect. Participants had a chance to have meals at the same building, and even to play at an automatic mahjong table after the event.

We hope that next time more foreign players will come to compete in this traditional event like they did in former years.

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Final results of the Russian Mahjong Championship 2015

PlaceLastFirstNtlTPPoints
1 CHERNYKH Anastasiya RUS 23 448
2 SHPILMAN Anna RUS 21 774
3 BYKOV Dmitriy RUS 18 665
4 NOVIKOV Vitaly RUS 17 385
5 KUDRYAVTSEVA Anastasiya RUS 17 286
6 BOGATIKOV Aleksander RUS 16.5 473
7 HLUDENTSOVA Evgeniya RUS 16.5 289
8 RYZHANINA Irina RUS 16 560
9 SHPILMAN Aleksei RUS 16 278
10 NECHAEV Roman RUS 16 270
11 BABUSHKIN Aleksandr RUS 15 365
12 CHICHIGIN Andrey RUS 15 230
13 KUTENKOV Egor RUS 15 103
14 LOGVINOV Oleg RUS 14 165
15 NETREBINA Evgenia RUS 14 -68
16 VERIK Elena RUS 13 151
17 SAVICKII Vitalii RUS 12 146
18 VERDI Anton RUS 12 31
19 DANILEVSKAYA Alla RUS 12 27
20 BIRUKOV Igor RUS 12 -55
21 NESTER Tatyana RUS 12 -63
22 VASILIEV Sergey RUS 12 -159
23 ISTOMIN Aleksandr RUS 11 75
24 KISELYOVA Evgeniya RUS 11 -147
25 MELIONOV Aleksander RUS 11 -195
26 KVASHA Ilya RUS 11 -196
27 DASHKOVA Anna RUS 10 -74
28 CHICHIGINA Natalya RUS 10 -144
29 PETUHOV Mikhail RUS 10 -373
30 POLIANSKAIA Irina RUS 9 -236
31 MYSKIN Filipp RUS 9 -371
32 ZOLOTAREVA Nadezhda RUS 9 -420
33 ROMANETSKAYA Olga RUS 8 49
34 LUGANNIKOV Denis RUS 8 -284
35 CHICHIGIN Viacheslav RUS 8 -456
36 HUYNH Joe-Calberson FRA 7 -408
37 SELIVANOVA Elena RUS 7 -476
38 DULENKO Galina RUS 6 -303
39 POLIKARPOVA Luiza RUS 6 -704
40 NIKOLAEV Leon RUS 4 -648

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Mahjong In The News / Russian MCR Marathon 2015: Last Lap is Decisive
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:35:22 pm »

Marathon-2015The last Stage of Russian MCR Marathon 2015 has started. What are the chances to win in this lengthy online event? Who may be in top-3, top-10?

Russia vs. Rest of World

During eight months more than 200 (!) players have played at least one 4-Round game. Each marathon stage collects 100+ players all over the Europe and Asia. After 4 elapsed stages Russian players take 8 out of the top 10 places.

Winner Scenarios

By Marathon Regulations final player's score is based on 4 best out of 5 Stage results. Let's take all results of players in the top and make some guesses regarding final results (see chart).

We consider 4 scenarios:
* "Min" -- worst scenario where Stage 5 result is worse than result of any other Stage.
* "Max" -- ultimate performance, winning of Stage 5 (1000 points),
* "Good" -- adding average performance of 4 Stages and neglecting the lowest possible result,
* "Best" --  neglecting the lowest possible result and adding the average of 3 left Stages.

We see that the best chances to win Marathon has player "captainflam". Next 2 places can be won by "yenia" and "chicat". Good chances to be the 4th has player "Bronto". Places 5-6 can be won by "ComboRus" and "TAHHA".

Winners and Contenders

TOP-3 places in Stage 1 are won by Russian players: 1st -- yenia, 2nd -- Bronto, 3rd -- TAHHA.
TOP-3 places in Stage 2 are won by non-Russian players: 1st -- captainflam, 2nd -- Ratatadedoras, 3rd -- BIGHmj.
TOP-3 places in Stage 3 are won by players: 
1st -- kenny974, 2nd -- chicat, 3rd -- ComboRus.
TOP-3 places in Stage 4 are won by players: 1st -- Qidui, 2nd -- Bronto, 3rd -- Goldo.

It turned out that many players have no any idea where to look for Marathon results. Here are links:

Full table of results for Stage 1
Full table of results for Stage 2 
Full table of results for Stage 3 
Full table of results for Stage 4

Current table of results for Stage 5
Current table of Marathon results

Welcome!

We are welcoming to Russian MCR Marathon 2015 both experienced and new players.

Come to MahjongTime and show your play!


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Mahjong In The News / Oranda Sai Kou Goes to Pauline Van der Linden
« on: October 08, 2015, 01:35:45 pm »

Oranda Sai Kou


IJSELSTEIN Netherlands 26 September 2015 - Pauline Van der Linden wins the Oranda Sai Kou with 126.5 points, followed by Gerda van Oorschot in second with 110.4, and Ad Van der Linden in 3rd with 102.7.

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<p><strong>Final results of the Oranda Sai Kou Tournament 2015</strong></p>
<table id="table1" style="width: 100%;" border="1">
<thead>
<tr><th class="sort_header">Place</th><th class="sort_header">First</th><th class="sort_header">Last</th><th class="sort_header">Points</th></tr>
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<tbody>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; width: 53pt;" align="right" width="53" height="12">1</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-left: none; width: 53pt;" width="53">Pauline<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Van der Linden</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-left: none; width: 53pt;" align="right" width="53">126,500</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">2</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Gerda</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">van Oorschot</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">110,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">3</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Ad</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Van der Linden</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">102,700</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">4</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Hanneke</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Morel</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">101,000</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">5</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Sonja</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Meulendijk</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">96,000</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">6</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Diana</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">van de Wetering</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">83,300</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">7</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dimphy</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">van Grinsven</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">75,200</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">8</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Anneke</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Keyl</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">61,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">9</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Janine</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Scholtemeijer</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">52,900</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">10</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Martijn</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Klaar</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">52,800</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">11</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">John</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Kuijpers</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">51,300</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">12</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Martha</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Pasterkamp</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">34,100</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">13</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Mirjam</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">van Muijen</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">33,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">14</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Cor</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Hoogland</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">27,300</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">15</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Eveline</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Broers</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">26,800</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">16</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Janco</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Onnink</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-1,200</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">17</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Yvonne</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">van der Heide</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-2,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">18</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Hetty<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Buursink</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-10,200</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">19</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Marianne</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Croeze</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-17,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">20</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Els</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Kuijpers</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-17,900</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">21</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Marian</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Peerdeman</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-18,200</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">22</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Ton</td>
<td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Rijnders</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-19,000</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">23</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Annemieke</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Hesselink</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-20,800</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">24</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Jaap<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Croeze</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-28,200</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">25</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Nicole</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Haasbroek</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-33,300</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">26</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Loes</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Heerze</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-34,900</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">27</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Ada</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Ketzer</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-36,500</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">28</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Sohana</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Ma Prem</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-40,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">29</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Ans</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Hoogland</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-48,700</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">30</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Désirée</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Heemskerk</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-52,300</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">31</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">André</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Rijnders</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-52,400</td>
</tr>
<tr style="mso-height-source: userset; height: 12.75pt;">
<td class="xl65" style="height: 12.75pt; border-top: none;" align="right" height="12">32</td>
<td class="xl67" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Trees</td>
<td class="xl68" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 75pt;" width="75">Meijer</td>
<td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;" align="right">-56,300</td>
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2015ItalianAssoc


MILANO 27 September 2015 - Stefano Rijoff won the Tenth Anniversary Tournament of the Associazione Italiana Mahjong. Stefano, the president of the club, ranked first, surpassing Chona Garrido and Oscar Palmisano after four games. Twenty-seven players from different experiences and ages competed in a day of fun and games. It was, undoubtedly, an important moment as the largest mahjong aggregation in Italy celebrating ten years of intense and fruitful activity.

Final results of the 10th Anniversary Tournament Tournament 2015

PlaceFirstLastTPPoints
1 Stefano Rijoff 14 216
2 Chona Garrido 12 465
3 Oscar Palmisano 12 345
4 Adriano Mantovani 11 305
5 Roger Perego 10 249
6 Demetrio Marino 10 200
7 Mira Martelli 10 -123
8 Danilo Serio 9 104
9 Luca Boncristiano 9 89
10 Antonella De Marinis 9 -8
11 Stefania Procopio 8 223
12 Loretta Pizzi 8 169
13 Andrea Verpelli 8 86
14 Daniela Natali 8 -169
15 Gianluca Ravaglioli 7 133
16 Maurizio Villa 7 -27
17 Gianluca Bertolotti 6 -95
18 Francesco Facchino 5 -83
19 Claudia Folesani 5 -110
20 Gabriele Melzi 5 -136
21 Vittorio Bassi 4 -35
22 Alessandra Rebigiani 4 -247
23 Gianmaria Pavan 3 -180
24 Lia Tolomelli 3 -237
25 Giovanni Palmieri 2 -136
26 Enza Melis 1 -396
27 Patrizia Vitiello 0 -602

2015ItalianAssoc2


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Mahjong In The News / Thomas Riedel Wins New York Riichi Open
« on: October 08, 2015, 01:30:08 pm »

Top8Table

NEW YORK 26 September 2015 - Thomas Riedel wins the 2015 New York Riichi Open, taking 1st in the final tables, followed by Hiroshi Yamai in 2nd, Shigekazu Moriyama in 3rd, and Ty Kennedy in 4th.

New York Riichi Mahjong Open 2015 - Top Eight FINAL

RankNameNtlPoints
1 Thomas Riedel United States 110.4
2 Hiroshi Yamai Japan 74.35
3 Shigekazu Moriyama Japan 63.45
4 Ty Kennedy United States 54.55
5 Yefeng Wang United States 60.95
6 Shane Zamora United States 16.25
7 Lucanus Morgan United States 13.35
8 Gemma Collinge United Kingdom -17.15

top8NYRiichiatop8NYriichib

New York Riichi Mahjong Open 2015 - Consolation Ranks: FINAL

RankNamePoints
9 Wei Bin Wang 50.75
10 Ryan Chou 43.9
11 George Liu-Krason 29.5
12 Julien Kilian 28.75
13 Michael McLeod 24.65
14 Kenji 19.55
15 Caleb Veenstra 15.95
16 Philip Abdollahi 8.4
17 Mike Tackett 4.55
18 Daniel Moreno 4.35
19 Estey Gerstner 1.9
20 Anthony Rodriguez 0.15
21 Senechal Duhaut -1.15
22 Weijie Tang -1.45
23 Ryan Adams -10.25
24 Aldwin Gordula -10.65
25 Paul Wheeler -12.35
26 Michael Zahradnik -13.45
27 Steven Smith -18.2
28 Gregory Szpura -18.35
29 Zixuan Jiang -21.7
30 Byron Kazek -21.7
31 David Clarke -27.65
32 Lars Therkelsen -27.65
33 Edwin Dizon -36.4
34 Dennis Tung -52.4
35 Gregory Chin -53.35
36 Scott Miller -54.55
37 Joseph Reidy -59.8
38 Andrew Feist -68
39 Justin Dilgard -100.05
40 Lauren Wheeler -134.35

First Day Report:

The first day is in the books, and in a surprising upset (tongue in cheek), the top three were occupied by the three professional players from Japan, world riichi champion Hiroshi Yamai in top spot with 119.5, president of the Japanese Professional Mahjong League Mr. Shigekazu Moriyama a hair's breadth behind at #2 with 119.2, and Gemma Sakamoto in at 3rd 109.8.


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WinnerBudapest2015

BUDAPEST 20 September 2015 - Ildiko Hargitai (HUN) won her "Home Grand Prix" in the Hungary Open Sisi Cup I. Runner up was Elisabeth Frischenschlager, third place went to Gabi Sallmutter (both from AUT). 40 players from 7 European countries played 7 rounds, 120 minutes each.

Final results of the Hungary Sisi Cup I Open Tournament 2015

PlaceFirstLastNtlTPPoints
1 Ildikó Hargitai Hu 21 704
2 Elisabeth Frischenschlager A 20 673
3 Gabriele Sallmutter A 20 574
4 Vladimir Stepanov Ru 19 590
5 Franz Neuwirth A 19 387
6 Pál Halász Hu 18 344
7 Martin Scheichenbauer A 17 339
8 Marco Montebelli It 17 330
9 Giacomo Ferruzzi It 17 270
10 Doris Sallmutter A 17 244
11 Luca Gavelli It 16 479
12 Ernest Glaser A 14 72
13 Joël Ratsimandresy Fr 13 225
14 Norbert Tschinkel A 13 217
15 Otto Myslivec A 13 144
16 Tímea Imréné Kovács Hu 13 55
17 Gérard Hêche Sui 12 168
18 Aleksandr Babushkin Ru 12 -95
19 Ferenc Frühvald Hu 12 -100
20 Christiane D'Angelo Fr 12 -141
21 Serena Porrati It 11 128
22 Johanna Bernkopf A 11 -151
23 Miklós Imre Hu 11 -234
24 Sándor Takács Hu 11 -272
25 Dávid Elek Hu 11 -438
26 Timur Hahn Ger 10 144
27 Helmut Riegler A 10 -81
28 Bruno Manzo Fr 10 -116
29 Danilo Serio It 10 -182
30 Magdolna Bogárné Nagy Hu 10 -237
31 Elena Ushakova Ru 9 -92
32 Annie Manzo Fr 9 -274
33 Jánosné Mátrai Hu 9 -327
34 Luc Humbert Sui 8 -284
35 Francesca Battaglini It 7 -526
36 Alessia Cosmo It 7 -590
37 Zoltán Jáger Hu 6 -271
38 Thérèse Roblin Fr 6 -408
39 Márta Rózsa Beri Hu 5 -703
40 Ilona Fórizs Hu 4 -585

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Riichi
From Saturday 01 October 2016 -  10:00am
To Sunday 02 October 2016 - 06:00pm
Hits : 1   
Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen. See map.
MERS 2
Registration: via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">tina@mahjong.dk. Deadline: September 5.
Include info on:
Name and country
EMA ID, if you're from Europe. Find your ID on the European ranking lists
In case you have a special diet (vegetarian, allergies, etc), please let us know.
Registration fee:
Tournament: DKK 300 (EUR 40). Includes: lunch, snacks coffee and tea.
No pre-payment, you pay on-site.
Rules: Riichi, EMA riichi rules
Tournament rules:
A gong sounds after 75 minutes, and the current hand and one more hand is played. If a full game (two winds) is played, the game stops immediately.
Prizes:
Individual prizes for the 3 highest ranked players.
Catering:
Tea, coffee, snacks and lunch are included in the registration fee.
A limited amount of free drinks are also included.
Soft drinks, beer and wine will be on sale for non-profit prices. Expected price per item: 6 dkk (about 80 eurocent).
Friday September 30, 21-23 hrs. Registration and Social Playing. Place: Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen. See map.
Join Mahjong Denmark's Thursday session: If you feel like coming early to Copenhagen, be advised that we play mahjong every Thursday at Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen, from 16:30 hrs. It's the door to the left of the Netto supermarket.
See map
Any questions? Contact Tina: tina@mahjong.dk or +45 2125 9153
Time schedule:
Friday, 30 September
18:30-20:00   Mahjong Danmark General Assembly (for members only)
20:00-21:00   Dinner for General Assembly participants
21:00-21:30   Registration
21:00-23:00   Social Play
Saturday, 1 October
09:00-09:30   Registration
09:30-09:45   Welcome
09:45-11:15   1st Session
11:15-11:30   15 min break
11:30-13:00   2nd Session
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:15   3rd Session
15:15-15:30   15 minutes break
15:30-17:00   4th Session
17:00-17:15   15 minutes break
17:15-18:45   5th Session
Sunday, 2 October
09:15-09:45   Registration
09:45-11:15   6th Session
11:15-11:30   15 min break
11:30-13:00   7th Session
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:15   8th Session
15:15-15:30   15 minutes break
15:30-16:00   Award Ceremony
EMA Observer:
Referee: TBA
Competitors:
Staying in Copenhagen:
Wake Up Copenhagen. Brand new and low priced. Close to Dybbølsbro S-train station and the Central station.
Hotel Nebo. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Omena Hotel. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Danhostel. Cheap and basic.
More hotels can be found on Wonderful Copenhagen.
Local transportation in Copenhagen:
From Nørreport station you can take:
Bus 42 (towards Ballerup) which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Bus 150S (towards Kokkedal) which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Bus 184 (towards Holte), which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Take S-train A, B or C northbound from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Svanemøllen station. From Svanemøllen take Bus 4A which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Map of S-train lines .
Take S-train B (towards Farum) from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Ryparken Station From Ryparken you have to walk 1 km to the venue.
Use Journey planner to find an appropriate connection. I used it to find the above.
Tickets
You can buy single-ride tickets on train platforms or from the bus driver. The same tickets are valid in both Metro, busses and trains, and as long as you stay within the time limit you can change between these. These are farily expensive: DKK 24 in the city, DKK 36 between airport and city. The old "klippekort" multiride tickets are no longer available.
A cheaper option may be to buy a Rejsekort Anonymous. This type of travel card does not require an address or any personal details. The card costs DKK 80 (the card price is non-refundable). Please note that you must expect to add DKK 170 to the balance to cover the cost of travel. You can buy Rejsekort Anonymous at the rejsekort vending machines placed at every metro station, at Copenhagen Airport and at Copenhagen Central Station.
Location Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen
Contact  tina@mahjong.dk

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From Friday 06 May 2016 -  10:00am
To Sunday 08 May 2016 - 06:00pm
Hits : 1   
Mahjong Europe Ranking System (MERS 2)
Time: May 6-8, 2016
Note the tournament is played over 3 days, beginning Friday.
Place: Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen. See map.
Registration: via email to Tina: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">tina@mahjong.dk. Deadline: April 11.
Include info on:
Name and country
EMA ID if applicable. Find your ID on the European ranking lists.
In case you have a special diet (vegetarian, allergies, etc), please let us know.
Registration fee:
Tournament: DKK 350 (EUR 47). Includes: lunch, snacks coffee and tea.
No pre-payment, you pay on-site.
Rules: Mahjong Competition Rules
Tournament rules:
Nine sessions of 120 minutes are played.
Table winners are awarded 4 points, 2 points go to number 2 and 1 point to number three at each table.
Team competition:
There will be a team competition: Each player is part of a team of four players whose individual results are added. Send the name of your team of four to Isabel. Remaining players will be placed into teams by the organizers.
Prizes:
Individual prizes for the 3 highest ranked players. Team prize for the Best Team. If there are more than 12 teams (48 competitors), there will be Team Prizes for the top three teams.
Catering:
Tea, coffee, snacks and lunch are included in the registration fee.
A limited amount of free drinks are also included.
Soft drinks, beer and wine will be on sale for non-profit prices. Expected price per item: 6 dkk (about 80 eurocent).Dinner:
No joint dinners are organized at this point.
Join Mahjong Denmark's Thursday session on Ascension Day: If you feel like coming early to Copenhagen, be advised that we play mahjong every Thursday at Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen. There will be people from 2pm onwards on May 5th.
Any questions? Contact Isabel: bell@steenholm.dk or +45 4224 6693
Time schedule:
Time   Friday May 6
08:30-09:30    Registration & coffee/tea
09:45-10:00    Welcome
10:00-12:00   Session 1
12:00-13:00   Lunch
13:00-15:00   Session 2
15:00-15:20   Break
15:20-17:20   Session 3
17:20-17:40   Break
17:40-19:40   Session 4
Time   Saturday May 7
09:30    Doors open
10:00-12:00   Session 5
12:00-13:00   Lunch
13:00-15:00   Session 6
15:00-15:20   Break
15:20-17:20   Session 7
17:20-17:40   Break
17:40-19:40   Session 8
Time   Sunday May 8
09:00    Doors open
09:40-11:40   Session 9
11:40-12:40   Lunch
12:40-14:40   Session 10
14:40-15:00   Refreshments
15:00-15:15   Award ceremony
EMA Observer: TBA
Referees: TBA
Competitors
Staying in Copenhagen:
Wake Up Copenhagen. Brand new and low priced. Close to Dybbølsbro S-train station and the Central station.
Hotel Nebo. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Omena Hotel. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Danhostel. Cheap and basic.
More hotels can be found on Wonderful Copenhagen.
Local transportation in Copenhagen:
From Nørreport station you can take:
Bus 42 (towards Ballerup) which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Bus 150S (towards Kokkedal) which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Bus 184 (towards Holte), which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Take S-train A, B or C northbound from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Svanemøllen station. From Svanemøllen take Bus 4A which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Map of S-train lines .
Take S-train B (towards Farum) from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Ryparken Station From Ryparken you have to walk 1 km to the venue.
Use Journey planner to find an appropriate connection. I used it to find the above.Tickets
You can buy single-ride tickets on train platforms or from the bus driver. The same tickets are valid in both Metro, busses and trains, and as long as you stay within the time limit you can change between these. These are farily expensive: DKK 24 in the city, DKK 36 between airport and city. The old "klippekort" multiride tickets are no longer available.

A cheaper option may be to buy a Rejsekort Anonymous. This type of travel card does not require an address or any personal details. The card costs DKK 80 (the card price is non-refundable). Please note that you must expect to add DKK 170 to the balance to cover the cost of travel. You can buy Rejsekort Anonymous at the rejsekort vending machines placed at every metro station, at Copenhagen Airport and at Copenhagen Central Station.
Location Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen
Contact tina@mahjong.dk

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Where to Play: Live, Mobile, or Online / Riichi Copenhagen Open 2016
« on: September 15, 2015, 10:30:00 am »
From Saturday 16 January 2016 -  10:00am
To Sunday 17 January 2016 - 06:00pm
   
MERS 1
Registration: via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">tina@mahjong.dk. Deadline: December 21.
Include info on:
Name and country
EMA ID, if you're from Europe. Find your ID on the European ranking lists
In case you have a special diet (vegetarian, allergies, etc), please let us know.
Registration fee:
Tournament: DKK 300 (EUR 40). Includes: lunch, snacks coffee and tea.
No pre-payment, you pay on-site.
Rules: Riichi, EMA riichi rules
Tournament rules:
A gong sounds after 75 minutes, and the current hand and one more hand is played. If a full game (two winds) is played, the game stops immediately.
Prizes:
Individual prizes for the 3 highest ranked players.
Catering:
Tea, coffee, snacks and lunch are included in the registration fee.
A limited amount of free drinks are also included.
Soft drinks, beer and wine will be on sale for non-profit prices. Expected price per item: 6 dkk (about 80 eurocent).
Join Mahjong Denmark's Thursday session: If you feel like coming early to Copenhagen, be advised that we play mahjong every Thursday at Haraldsgade 69, Copenhagen, from 16:30 hrs. It's the door to the left of the Netto supermarket.
See map
Any questions? Contact Tina: tina@mahjong.dk or +45 2125 9153
Time schedule:
Saturday, 16 January
09:00-09:30   Registration
09:30-09:45   Welcome
09:45-11:15   1st Session
11:15-11:30   15 min break
11:30-13:00   2nd Session
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:15   3rd Session
15:15-15:30   15 minutes break
15:30-17:00   4th Session
17:00-17:15   15 minutes break
17:15-18:45   5th Session
Sunday, 17 January
09:15-09:45   Registration
09:45-11:15   6th Session
11:15-11:30   15 min break
11:30-13:00   7th Session
13:00-13:45   Lunch
13:45-15:15   8th Session
15:15-15:30   15 minutes break
15:30-16:00   Award Ceremony
EMA Observer: TBA
Referee: Jesper Nøhr
Competitors:
Staying in Copenhagen:
Hotel Nebo. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Omena Hotel. Cheap and central, just by the central station (which is 13 minutes train ride from CPH airport). Note, there's no Metro stop at the Central station, only ordinary trains.
Wake Up Copenhagen. New and low priced.
Hotel Jørgensen. Cheap and central, just by Nørreport station, the Metro goes directly from CPH airport in 14 minutes.
Danhostel. Cheap and basic.
More hotels can be found on Wonderful Copenhagen.
Local transportation in Copenhagen:
From Nørreport station you can take:
Bus 42 (towards Ballerup) which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Bus 150S (towards Kokkedal) which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Bus 184 (towards Holte), which stops at Lyngbyvej/Haraldsgade 300 m from the venue. You can take Bus 4A the last 300 m to the venue.
Take S-train A, B or C northbound from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Svanemøllen station. From Svanemøllen take Bus 4A which stops at Haraldsgade/Lersø Parkalle right by the venue.
Map of S-train lines .
Take S-train B (towards Farum) from the Central Station (or from Nørreport or Vesterport or Østerport or Dybbølsbro) to Ryparken Station From Ryparken you have to walk 1 km to the venue.
Use Journey planner to find an appropriate connection. I used it to find the above.Tickets
You can buy single-ride tickets on train platforms or from the bus driver. The same tickets are valid in both Metro, busses and trains, and as long as you stay within the time limit you can change between these. These are farily expensive: DKK 24 in the city, DKK 36 between airport and city. The old "klippekort" multiride tickets are no longer available.

A cheaper option may be to buy a Rejsekort Anonymous. This type of travel card does not require an address or any personal details. The card costs DKK 80 (the card price is non-refundable). Please note that you must expect to add DKK 170 to the balance to cover the cost of travel. You can buy Rejsekort Anonymous at the rejsekort vending machines placed at every metro station, at Copenhagen Airport and at Copenhagen Central Station.
Location Haraldsgade 69, 2100 København
Contact tina@mahjong.dk

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DamianiJose

BEIJING, China 12 September 2015 - President of the International Mind Sport Association Mr. Jose Damiani, during a presentation of the organization, discussed the addition of mahjong under the competitive match format for the next World Mind Sports Games to be hosted in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) is a quadrennial multi-sport event created by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) as a "stepping stone on the path of introducing a third kind of Olympic Games [after the Summer and the Winter Olympics]". The Games are considered to be very prestigious and are the equivalent of the Olympics for bridge, chess, go, and draughts [checkers].


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Mahjong In The News / Wankmüller Trounces Bratislava Riichi Tournament
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:25:00 pm »

bratislava2015

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia 13 September 2015 - Alexander Wankmüller of Austria absolutely trounced the competition to take first with 232,100 points in this weeknd's MERS2 riichi tournament. Martin Meischel narrowly captured second just 1,200 points above third place Ilya Monakov. Mateusz Woźniak rounds out the four-place podium only 200 points behind, proving every point counts in a tight match.

Final results of the Bratislava Riichi Open Tournament 2015

PlaceFirstLastTPPoints
1 Alexander Wankmüller Austria 232100 1
2 Martin Meischel Austria 169600 2
3 Ilya Monakov Russia 168400 3
4 Mateusz Woźniak Poland 168200 4
5 Daria Ilina Russia 94000 5
6 Philip Edelmayer Austria 70900 6
7 Bartosz Żuk Poland 61200 7
8 Alexander Doppelhofer Austria 43000 8
9 Lena Weinguny Austria 41300 9
10 Marián Sekeráš Slovakia 38100 10
11 Matej Labaš Slovakia 36000 11
12 Matej Kučera Slovakia 25700 12
13 Tanja Wankmüller Austria 20100 13
14 Juraj Jerguš Slovakia -3900 14
15 Joël Ratsimandresy France -19000 15
16 Marco Kretschmer Austria -34900 16
17 Radka Pernicová Czech Republic -62200 17
18 Filip Navrátil Czech Republic -81300 18
19 Matthias Trinkl Austria -81500 19
20 Marek Pápay Slovakia -134500 20
21 Josua Bächle Austria -160900 21
22 Martin Sekeráš Slovakia -175700 22
23 Ondrej Bellay Slovakia -206900 23
24 Tomáš Široň Slovakia -207800 24

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Mahjong In The News / UK to Host Next European Riichi Championship
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:23:04 pm »

NorthHants

Europe 02 September 2015 - Edging out several other competitive proposals, the one put together by the UK Mahjong Association has been formally accepted as the host for the next European Riichi Championship to be held in 2016.

While the host organization may be fairly new, it's membership is comprised of veteran mahjong players in the European riichi mahjong scene. That combined experience allowed them to edge out other groups vying for the host bid, to include the original offering from Poland, and more recently from Russia.

Although other venues and dates are still being considered, the proposed event will host one hundred players playing ten hanchen over three days, likely to take place at the North Hants Golf Club aiming for the weekend of October 7-9 in 2016.

More news on this exciting event as it becomes available.


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NYRO

NEW YORK 08 September 2015 - In the coming weekend on the 26th of September, New York will become the epicenter for what is turning out to be the first major international riichi tournament in North America, gathering players from as far away and as heavy-hitting as even the reigning World Riichi Champion Mr. Hiroshi Yamai of Japan. Mahjong News sits down with the event organizer, David Bresnick, to get the inside story behind this historic event.

Mahjong News: Let's begin with your introducing yourself to the Mahjong News audience. Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you come from.

Dave: Well let's see...My name is Dave, I was born and raised on Long Island - in the New York City metro area. I currently work in the tech industry as an Infrastructure Engineer and live in Queens. I started the USPML in 2010 and for the past 5 years I've been running a local meetup, traveling to tournaments and generally trying to promote riichi mahjong here in the US!

akagiMahjong News: How did you get introduced to the game of mahjong?

It's funny that this is such a common story but it really started for me when I came across Mahjong Legend: Akagi. I mean, growing up in a Jewish family I was aware of mahjong as a game, I knew it was something people played but I'd never tried it myself nor did I have any sort of knowledge of the rules. Obviously that would have been American mahjong anyways. But at some point I stumbled across Akagi and I didn't think it was serious, I very distinctly remember saying to myself "Really? They made a whole series about mahjong? Is there any way this could possibly be interesting?" Smash-cut to me watching the whole thing and being totally enthralled by the sort of pulpy, over-the-top melodrama of this fictional gambling world. And beneath the characters and the story, there was this game - and while Akagi wasn't entirely an educational program, they did put some effort into at least explaining some of how the game worked - that looked pretty interesting! So I bought some tiles and resolved to figure it out. I dragged several of my friends (and founding USPML members) into a room one night, sat everyone down at a table and we decided to see what we could do. Our first attempts at playing were...well...quite bad. The first game we played, due to our lack of rules info, we did all four rounds (East, South, West, North) and it took about 6 hours for us to get through it all. It was grueling, but at the same time it was fun and we wanted to play more. This evolved into years of playing fairly regularly, week over week.

ReachMahjong News: Were there any particular mentors that motivated you to continue your journey in mahjong?

Dave: At first, it was a real struggle to find English-language material and it was Jenn and Garthe at Reachmahjong.com who really stood out in that respect. In addition to being a great resource for rules and "how to play"-type information, they were (and are!) professional players in a serious league, they had (and still have, of course!) a ton of experience and insight into not only the game but the personalities and happenings on the scene. Without their help it's unlikely we would have been able to find enough information to even get off the ground. Past that, when we first started the USPML as an organization in 2010, we were very warmly welcomed by the European Riichi community. I was fortunate to be invited to attend the 2010 ERC in Hannover where I met Gemma Collinge, Ben Boaz and Takunori Kajimoto, all of which were experienced and knowledgeable resources who encouraged us to keep going with both our play and our organization. Getting the help of so many people so quickly was a huge boost to our momentum and encouraged us all to keep the forward motion going.

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Mahjong News: Tell us about the USPML, how it began and what it is now.

To be honest the USPML ended up being put together on a lark. Several friends and I had been playing riichi for quite a few years, we were competitive with each other but it was tough for us to find new people to play with. After learning more about the riichi scene in the rest of the world, we joked about becoming serious and forming our own league. But the idea kind of stuck in my head and I did some research, grabbed a domain name, put together a meetup and...off we went! We started running a monthly meetup and five years later, here we are. In addition to continuing to hold regular (now biweekly!) play events, we maintain regular contact with other play groups around the country and have become a lot more involved in the worldwide riichi community. As the game has grown, we've stepped up to help sponsor and organize major events, and will be involved in preparing the 2017 World Riichi Championship. It's been a long journey but it's really exciting to be able to do so much for a game I love!

Mahjong News: The USPML is hosting the New York City International Riichi Open, tell us about this event.

Dave: Hosting a tournament is a dream that's been with us for years, and we're very proud to be able to finally open our doors and hold an event here in NYC! By a stroke of good fortune, we were able to get a really wonderful location in Hell's Kitchen, so players will be right in the heart of the city. The tournament will take place September 26th and 27th, running throughout the day. We're going to be using the WRC ruleset as 2014's World Riichi Championship proved that it was a well-written and comfortable ruleset for players from all over the world. At night, the venue will continue to be open to allow for people to hang out, play some mahjong and relax with friends - it's open until 11PM. In addition, for those who aren't able to make it, we're planning on having full coverage of the event online! There will be live updates and streaming from the event, expect more details as we approach the event. Finally, at this time we are also planning on featuring a strategy session given by our JPML guests during which they will share with us some of their knowledge and experience! If you'd like to register or to know more, visit our website at http://nariichi.org

WRCMahjong News: Are there any particular areas where you think the rules will shine?

Dave: I think that the WRC rules, in most ways, have already been proven. At the World Riichi Championship in 2014 we had a large international group, many of whom were meeting each other for the first time and many of whom did not speak each others' language. This was the first time that the WRC rules were used, and while there was a large and well-trained referee team on hand, potential rule disputes were obviously a source of concern. Fortunately, everything went quite well. I cannot imagine a better "stress test" than a hugely important tournament containing players from almost every major play group in the world. I should thank Sylvain and the entire organization team of the 2014 WRC for putting in so much work and coping so gracefully with the small situations that did arise - they've ensured a bright future for this ruleset.

Mahjong News: The current world champion Mr. Hiroshi Yamai of Japan and the president of the JPML Mr. Shigekazu Moriyama are expected to attend. Tell us about the evolution of this news?

Dave: I was able to meet with Mr. Moriyama during my trip to Japan in 2013, he was kind enough to take some time and sit down with me to discuss what we're doing here in North America and how we could grow riichi throughout the rest of the world. I was very struck by how passionate he was about the game and how much he wanted to bring it to a wider audience. At the World Riichi Championship, and through the founding of the WRC committee, he showed an unwavering dedication to making riichi a worldwide game. When I started planning this tournament I reached out to everyone I knew within the riichi community to see if it was the right time, if there was enough interest, and so on. Because of the very positive experiences I'd had working with Mr. Moriyama and the JPML, I worked with Gemma Collinge to contact them and received an outpouring of interest! Obviously any opportunity to involve such experienced players wasn't one I could pass up! The delegation that could be sent was limited, and there was a bit of back-and-forth in terms of making arrangements for travel, but at the end of the day we were able to make our schedule and format work for everybody and bring this amazing opportunity here to NYC!

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Mahjong News: Is there anything else that you would like to share with Mahjong News that we haven’t yet touched on.

Dave: One of the things that I always try to tell people is how important it is to get tournament experience. Obviously this sounds a little self-serving, given that I'm running a tournament, but it doesn't matter which you attend - get out there and put yourself in a serious competitive situation as soon as possible. Playing in an environment where there's something on the line brings an edge to your game that you can't get from casual play. Bringing that level of focus and seriousness to the table will reward you with a clearer picture of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a path to improvement. I was fortunate enough to get some fairly serious tournament experience early on in my "career" as a player by being invited to the 2010 European Riichi Championship. Not only was I given a unique opportunity to hone my skills, I was also able to meet a lot of wonderful people in the worldwide Riichi community that I've had the pleasure of interacting with many times over the years as fellow competitors and as friends. So it might be a trip or a hassle but I cannot understate the value of getting out there! Everyone's waiting to welcome you!

Mahjong News: Any closing remarks?

Dave: Erm, let's see - for people who are going to be in town but somehow aren't able to participate in the tournament, the venue will be open until 11PM both nights so feel free to come by and play a bit! There are also some plans we have for future events that are developing, I can't say anything definite at the moment but you can expect to hear more from us in the future. Other than that, thanks for reading!


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