Hello there, Riichi mahjong fans from over the world! It has been over a week since another EMA tournament was held. Me, my Slovak mahjong mates and two other #osamuko residents – s25k and ron5 – took part in it. The latter two guys had it easy, since they are from Germany, and the tournament was held in Hannover. But the six of us had to take a nice 9 hour trip from Bratislava. But what wouldn’t one do for the chance to play mahjong with other real life people.
We arrived on Friday evening, after a nice drive through the Czech republic and half of Germany. We met our host, s25k, on a parking lot of a local Lidl store in his hometown, ~60km from Hannover. We did have his house in the GPS, but somehow we still managed to get lost. We had pizza for dinner and played a few practice hanchan in his room, filled with animu posters, figures and vinyl records. I already sensed something is not right with my play – I won both hanchan at s25k’s homemade table. This wasn’t good – from my experience, usually when someone plays well the day before a tournament, they won’t fair well on it. But I didn’t let something like this silly superstition get the better of me. I can do this, right? Right??