The first hanchan of the final has been uploaded here:
As far as the finals go, Hiroshi Yamai from Renmei won it in the end. Noriyuki Kiriyama from Kyoukai got 4th at the final table, behind Nishijima and Nishikawa from Renmei.
It’s almost here, the first World Riichi Championship. This is a short bloggy post as a prelude to the WRC, maybe there will actually be a report, unlike some other big european championship that took place last year.
I wasn’t skilled enough to qualify to represent my country, but apparently I’m cool enough to be invited by the organizers (All thanks to Gemma, I can’t thank her enough). I was told that I wasn’t allowed to represent the UK because they could not give the UK anymore, and I’ll be representing THE INTERNET, which is much cooler! Though as I have an UK flag next to my name I have no idea what I’m representing.
I haven’t played mahjong much lately due to some changes in my life so the next 1-2 days I’m gonna be playing online like mad. In baduk, they say absences only make you stronger, I hope the same applies to mahjong!
In other news I bought a DSLR just for the WRC. It’s nothing fancy and I couldn’t afford any nice lenses but the quality of images should be nicer than the blurry messes I’ve posted before (https://twitter.com/kagakushaa/status/380761676116553728)
This post was gonna be slightly longer but I have to leave for the airport in 30 minutes and I still haven’t packed! orz
People who have been waiting anxiously for the list of professionals who will be attending the World Riichi Championship need wait no longer! List can be seen at http://www.wrc2014.com/inscription.php after clicking the dot on Japan.
I have copy and pasted the list below, but I think copying and pasting a list instead of just linking to the list is lame so I’ll be adding notes beside names. The notes will take a while because the list is quite large!
Kakigi Kentaro C1 League
Takeo Kojima 9 Dan. founder member of the Japan Professional Mahjong League
Kenneth Tokuda Shodan
Mito Ryousuke 5 Dan
(We’re talking pros here, right.)
Osamu – twitter
Just posting this to beat USPML/whoever at the rankings
Stream link: http://www.twitch.tv/uspml
|Player||1st game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||2nd game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||3rd game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||4th game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||5th game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||6th game Tenhou Score||Qualifier Score||Tenhou Total||Qualifier Total|
The big news in the mahjong community this week is the disqualification of Horiuchi from the judansen.
In East 4, Horiuchi was tenpai with
he draws a 3s and sighs then he slams the 3s from his hand (karagiri). Setokuma then reaches tenpai and discards a 1s, Horiuchi went on to win the game but was disqualified after the game for “shamisen” (“Bluff” maybe?)
video of the proceeding http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/1384591266
Horiuchi admitted on twitter that he did sigh and slam the tile (“The problem in question was, my breath got a little strong during a showdown and I accidentally used too much force with my hand”) .
Following the success of the mahjong stream last week, the English niconico team are going to make an English room for all Marchao Master League. Like last week, the streams will have no English commentary however, I believe there have been some talks at Alban to create a stream with English commentary. Until then though, I urge everyone to show interest for this by watching and commenting or reserving a timeshift (free members can reserve up to 10 shows). It’d also be cool if everyone showed their support by thanking @niconicoen on twitter for setting this up.
The English Niconico site have set up an English viewing room for the next Marchao Master League session at 7pm JST on Thursday. I think it’s just a place for westerners to comment and there won’t be anything special like English commentary but if it does well I’m sure there will be more mahjong stuff for us.
niconico blog url: http://blog.nicovideo.jp/en_info/2013/04/post-039053.html
niconico stream url: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv131262553
By the way, they have translated “日本プロ麻雀協会” (Japanese Professional Mahjong Association) and “最高位戦日本プロ麻雀協会” (Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong Association) to just “Japan Professional Mahjong League”. They’re different organizations and not connected to Renmei/Japan Pro Mahjong League.
Next week a few members will be attending the UK Open Riichi Tournament in Guildford and, because some of us (just me) are not used to playing in real life we’re going to create a TRAINING CAMP a day before the tournament.
We haven’t found (or even looked) a suitable place yet so more details will likely be available on short notice, sorry! If you’re interested in joining us or have recommendations for a suitable place to play then leave a comment or come to the IRC channel, #firstname.lastname@example.org.
You know that feeling when your local mahjong club struggles to get tiles but fails miserably, and yet somewhere in Japan there are 136 hot tiles inside a table while people play a game, somewhere. These are some of the greatest tiles of Japanese Mahjong.