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European Mahjong Association

Revised EMA riichi rules come into effect April 1, 2016

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EMA Riichi Rules 2016 frontpageThe main changes since the 2012 edition are listed here:

Red fives have been removed
Tanyao (All Simples) can be an open hand
Renho (Blessing of Man) is a mangan, not a yakuman
Dai suushii (Big Four Winds) is a yakuman, not a double yakuman
A hand with 13+ fan is scored as a sanbaiman, not a yakuman
The 3 second timing rule is removed
Swap-calling is not allowed
Temporary furiten ends when the player draws or claims a tile
Five counters implies two yaku: the rule is removed
Abortive draws are not allowed
Nagashi Mangan is not allowed
Uma is changed to 15,000/5,000/-5,000/-15,000
Chombo penalty in a tournament is 20,000 points deduction after uma
Penalty rules are slightly more lenient in some cases

Differences to World Championship Rules 2015
Multiple winners are allowed
4-30 is not rounded to mangan payment
Timing rules differ; EMA: pung takes predence over chow
Riichi bets at game end go to the winner


Motivation for the rule changes is to be in line with modern style riichi as it played in competion riichi in Japan and the World Riichi Championship 2015 rules have been the main inspiration.

The devaluation of Renhou and 13+ han hand is for the same reason as previous removal of accumulative and double yakuman: hands that are very valuable skew tournament results from skill towards luck, and should be avoided in tournament play.

The chombo payment of 20,000 *after* uma is quite close to paying a reverse mangan to the opponents immediately, maybe event sligthly cheaper. The reverse mangan would often equivalate dropping one or even two positions at the table, that's at least 10,000 points on top of the 8,000 or 12,000 paid for the mangan. The reverse mangan is paid to the opponents who benefit from the mistake, and the dealer gets a larger benefit. This is now avoided.

The abortive draws and Nagashi Mangan were the most difficult rules to consider. People have strong feeling both for and against Nagashi Mangan in particular. It seemed the split for/against were very close to 50/50, and in the end we just had to make a decision. These decisions cannot be strictly objective and well-argued, because in the end it comes down to preferences. In the stalemate circumstances I suggested to use the WRC rules as a guideline.

The rules are available in a preliminary document while further layout and graphics is made in collaboration with Sheila Hansen who also designed the front page.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:53

ERMC 2016 : Official website open

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The official site of the next European Riichi Championships 2016 is open

http://ermc2016.com/


Upcoming European Championships

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Riichi European Championship 2016 will take place in the United Kingdom.

100 players will compete through ten hanchans over three days for the title of Riichi European Champion. The venue and the exact dates are not settled yet. The organizing team has experience from several succesful national championships. Two players have wild card seats for the event: Martin Diviš, Czech Republic, European Champion 2013 and John Duckworth, United Kingdom, best European player in World Riichi Championship 2014. The non-European quota will be announced in early October, and after that the dynamical quotas for the EMA countries can be monitored on the ranking pages on this site.

 

Open European Mahjong Championship 2017 will take place in Portugal

The OEMC 2017 will seat 216 players, including 16 players from China, 12 players from Japan and 8 players from "the rest of the world". The dates and venue are not decided yet, but it is decided that the next EMA General Assembly will take place in the connection with the OEMC 2017. The organizer has experience from several succesful national championships. Two players have wild card seats for the event: the best European player in OEMC 2014, Michael Zahradnik from Germany, and the best European player in the upcoming WMC 2015 in Korea. The European country quotas will be settled on January 1st 2017. The dynamical quotas can be monitored on the ranking pages on this site.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:20

General assembly 2015

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GA 2015 in Copenhagen (Denmark) on May 15, 2015

In this report you can read about some of the major developments over the past two years, since the GA of 2013.

Agenda and Minutes

10 year anniversary and EMA General Assembly 2015

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The European Mahjong Association celebrates its 10 year anniversary this summer.

In these 10 years EMA has grown from the original 7 members to the 19 countries we are today.
The number of tournaments has grown and grown. The ranking lists for both MCR and riichi are evidence of the many active players.  EMA has  established the EMA riichi rules, kick-starting EMA riichi tournaments and regular European Riichi Championships. EMA is educating and certifying referees which is essential for the successful high-level tournaments.

The EMA General Assembly 2015 will take place in Copenhagen on May 15, 9am-11:30am, in connection with a 9 session MCR tournament 15-17 May.

At the General Assembly each country can send two representatives.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 14:28

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