The 2019 JPML Mahjong season is in full swing and that means we’re in the middle of the Women’s League (Cherry Blossom Cup).
For those who are new to the scene, JPML’s women are split into League A, League B and League C, of which A is the most prestigious. Every year there are five normal season sessions and a few people move down from A and B and move up to B and C.
There is also a special match at the end consisting of a low-scoring League A player with the top two from League B and the top from League C. The winner of this match moves to League A and the other three drop or stay in League B.
Up through this year, there were 20 women in League A, and lately all of the games have been broadcasted online. League B currently has 25, and League C has 54 players.
But that’s all changing.
With more and more women joining the professional ranks, a D League will be added for the 2020 season. Also, in order to make the A League even more prestigious, 2020 will be a transition year with 18 contestants, and will then be whittled down to 16, which is still more than the 12 in JPML’s A1 Pro League.
Yours truly sits atop the League C ranking currently, but with three more sessions to go and everyone fighting to stay within the range of not being dropped to League D, there is a lot of opportunity for error.
Look for future reports on the progress and results to come.