Posts Tagged ‘EMA’
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 29th, 2014
(excerpts from the WRC official website)
From July 16th to 20th, 2014, the city of Puteaux (a suburb of Paris, France) will host the very first Riichi Mahjong World Championship. Top players from all across the globe will face off at this event, all striving to win the historic first title.
This major international competition is organized by the TNT French Riichi Mahjong Club and its partners, which include yours truly (ReachMahjong.com) and the main sponsor, Ron2, JPML’s official battle site.
Jan 6th, 2014
This is an exciting year for riichi fans! The World Riichi Championship is almost upon us!
And with it… Controversy! Check out the comments sections of MahjongNews.com if you want to read the conflicting opinions. It’s very interesting.
Forgive me if I sound excited about that aspect. But I am. It means people are caring about this awesome game.
One of the ‘controversies’ that did surprise me was that players are requested to be able to score without a score sheet. I actually did not anticipate this request to be as revolutionary as it seems to be.
The main crux of the problem seems to be that people don’t think it’s possible for mere amateurs to learn that scoring sheet. Let me dispel that myth. Of course it’s possible. You just need to put a little bit of time in to it.
If you think it’s unreasonable that you’re asked to learn the scoring table… I’m sorry but you’re wrong. If you want to play a game to any proficiency, you have to know the basic rules of that game. Scoring is fairly basic. It is not unreasonable.
The other complaint I’ve heard is that people don’t think there is any value in learning this. I’m afraid I vehemently disagree with you. There is so much value and it will improve your game.
If you’re looking to jump a place towards the end, there is no point risking your neck to make a 3 yaku 50 fu hand when a safe 2 yaku 40 fu hand will achieve the same end. How will you know this? By having a good understanding of the scoring sheet.
So… Now I’ve pushed my unsolicited opinion, how do I think you can do this? I don’t have a hard and fast rule. It depends how your brain works. I’ve heard some people like to know the math behind it. Others just brute force it into their heads. I’m the latter.
What I would recommend is starting by learning the 20, 30 and 40 fu lines. You’ll be able to score the vast majority of hands then. Once those are in your head, the rest will start to follow a pattern of sorts. And if you do get a 90 fu hand in the meantime, no decent person is going to roll their eyes if you want to check.
I guarantee it will improve your game and when we finally welcome Japanese players to our shores, they will appreciate the level that we’re playing at.
Sep 25th, 2013
The first European team tournament was held this year.
The premise was simple – to have players in country teams battle it out.
Feb 8th, 2013
[This is from the tournament held in Paris December 2012]
Writing interesting tournament reports isn’t easy. Do you go for a more objective tone? Or do you go for a more personal experience? I’m not sure yet to be honest. However, I have a bit of both for this one.
Jan 3rd, 2013
On February 16-17, 2013 the Riichi Badener Open will be held at Restaurant Wasabi in Baden.
The best part of living in Europe is the plethora of Riichi Mahjong tournaments. Well if you have time next month make sure you plan a trip to Austria and our friends in the Great Dragons. Be sure to send us pictures and your thoughts on the tournament as well as we’ll be writing a final report here on ReachMahjong.com!
Oct 9th, 2012
I often get asked about translating Japanese pro blogs. My almost immediate reaction is “Why?”
Oct 3rd, 2012
Unfortunately dodgy hotel internet wouldn’t let me update this as the weekend progressed, but here are the reports I wrote on the days…
Aug 12th, 2012
We’re doing employee performance reviews in the office at the moment. Typically, a time where you work out what you did well and what you did not so well. The aim being to keep doing what you do well and fix what you didn’t do so well.
Why not review my Mahjong performance at the same time? Anyone who knows me will be aware that my performance at tournaments recently has been pretty poor. When I say recently…I mean twelve months or so. Therefore a performance review is well due!