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Sep 20th, 2014
Today I played in the Saikyosen tournament for the second time. Last year I got a great start and it went downhill in the third game. I was ready for my revenge this time.
This year’s pro event was split into male and female events. I, obviously, played in the women’s event with about 55 other women. We played three games before sending everyone with negative scores home, then played another game to determine the top five players to join the three regional qualifiers in the Best 8 round.
Sep 8th, 2014
Garthe and I are in the same league again.
It’s been a while. He moved up before, then moved down two leagues to pass me in one swoop.
I remained in D1 until the worst 6 months of mahjong I’ve ever played in my entire life.
Not that I was playing horribly the entire time. A combination of getting unlucky and going on tilt I suppose. Ever since January I’ve had a rough go of it. The WRC was especially bad.
I mentioned in my last column that I would be going through a list of reading material to help me get in the right mindset and there was a request to disclose that reading list.
Well I’m starting with Masayoshi Ara’s “Yaburezarumono.” Such a badass title. “Those who won’t be beaten.” It totally suits him.
I’m just getting into it, but I’ll give you my reviews as I go along.
For the time being, my league turned out not very bad. I got almost 28 points in the positive, a good start. Just a few more sessions like that and maybe I’ll get a chance at special league again.
One can only hope, and read, and practice, and contemplate, and discuss, and get super-duper lucky.
Sep 4th, 2014
It’s that time of year again. Time for the second half of JPML’s Pro League.
I have to say that after this many years in the pro league, I’m completely disappointed and devastated at where I am. Lack of concentration, bad attitude, bad luck (seriously, 11 outs on a riichi in the 2nd discard and the hand ends in a draw? more than once??) and not enough practice.
These are my excuses, every single one of them true, valid, and every single one of them a sad excuse.
This season I need to step it up. I need to play in Champion’s League, I need to move up in Pro League and I need to play better in North Kanto League. I need to get past all these excuses and just play some Mahjong.
This season I have a reading list. It’s mostly the books of my sempai in JPML and I am aiming for a book per month or so. I’m also going to get on a regular MFC and Free Parlor schedule. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for months and the new voting event in MFC (YES, please play and vote for Garthe and I. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease) has given me another excuse, this time a good one, an excuse to put other work aside and concentrate on MFC and mahjong in general.
So find me on Ron2, find me on MFC and please give me some positive vibes for league this year. After a really bad streak of tiles this year putting me on a tilt that I can’t excuse, I need something positive, especially on the score sheets!!
Jul 13th, 2014
It’s here (almost!). I’m tired, though… It’s been a lot more work than I think I anticipated. I also learned the very hard lesson that it is never ever ever possible to please everyone.
May 31st, 2014
Interesting. I’ve finally had a couple great sessions in a row and I’m more annoyed at mahjong than ever.
You may remember me ranting after league this month about how I don’t get to be a lucky player so I have to keep my game small to have any chance of winning. Well I was right! And I couldn’t be more miffed.
So starting with North Kanto league on Sunday, I went into it thinking maybe I can put together a positive score for once if I just sit around and not draw attention to myself. As it turned out that is pretty much what happened with the exception of the third game. I killed it that game while still managing not to be lucky at all. I had already won reachless mangan and haneman hands in the first two hands when in the third hand of the east round I got to ready with this hand:
May 28th, 2014
Nothing in Mahjong is working for me right now. Actually, it’s not that absolutely nothing is working for me, it’s just that what everybody makes fun of me for not understanding, i.e. luck and flow, are ESPECIALLY not working for me right now.
I had another disappointing showing at league this month. And it came after an especially awesome performance at study group just a few days earlier. What I failed to remember is that all that BS they seem to believe in, really doesn’t apply to me. So when I stop trying to think that way at all, finally again I seem to have a chance at winning. No matter how I win a hand, trying to ride that wave not only leads to nothing bigger, but really just results in me giving back those hard earned points.
May 16th, 2014
Now we have the names of the WRC participants, we need a way to put them in their seats. Cue more controversy!
May 5th, 2014
I’ve been quiet over the last few months for one main reason – the World Riichi Championship 2014.
Apr 19th, 2014
Spring is here, and that means one thing: 2-3 weeks of the entire country being alternately smashed or hungover as they lurch from one hanami gathering to another.
Oh but wait, there’s other thing: the beginning of the year for Japan Professional Mahjong League!
On the strength of my 150 point penalty in session 4 last season I made a strong dive from D1 league into D2 while Jenn continued to play steady, holding her spot in D1. At least with D2 beginning at 4 in the afternoon, I am much less likely to miss it or even be late! Benefits aside, it did little to help my showing this month.
Apr 18th, 2014
Last week was our first League tournament of the new season.
I’m proud to say that out of all the League-players on the ReachMahjong.com staff, I am in the highest league, D1.
Right, not a very high league considering the highest is A1…
But I am beating Garthe, which is my biggest goal in life at times.