Which pros are going to the WRC?

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!

Saikouisen

Kakigi Kentaro C1 League
Toshimasa Cho

JPML

Takeo Kojima 9 Dan. founder member of the Japan Professional Mahjong League
Shigekazu Moriyama
Yudai Maehara
Masayoshi Ara
Satoshi Fujisaki
Yuukou Itou
Takahiro Fujiwara
Kazunori Takizawa
Hiroshi Yamai
Masao Kuroki
Masatoshi Sarukawa
Hisato Sasaki
Masaharu Tomotake
Hiroyuki Yamada
Kansuke Sugiura
Sawazaki Makoto
Naoki Setokuma
Yukio Yoshida
Kouhei Ide
Takashi Furuhashi
Kazuhiko Nishijima
Norio Iga
Aki Nikaido
Rumi Nikaido
Yukiko Izumi
Miyauchi Kozue
Yurika Aoi
Hengfang Wang
Nao Ogasahara
Ikuko Tsukie
Yumi Uotani
Mari Takamiya
Sakiku Tezuka
Rio Tojo
Jun Nishikawa
Kenneth Tokuda Shodan
Mito Ryousuke 5 Dan

 

Kyoukai

Kajita Ryouichi – MJ5 profile
Kihara Kouichi – blog twitter
Osaki Hatsune – blog twitter
Nagi Yonesaki – blog twitter
Kiriyama Noriyuki

Other

BabaHirokazu Mahjong writer Babi-puro unfortunately can’t attend the tournament. He will be replaced by:
Nakamura Tsuyoshi

osamuko.com

(We’re talking pros here, right.)
Osamu – twitter

WRC2014 Registration Progress.

So, many of us were wondering what’s the beef regarding the current pace of player registration for the World Riichi Championship 2014, in Puteaux, France. The event was slated for mid-July, and the official deadline on the site was set for May 1. However, each country’s has been micromanaged by their respective organizations, and the process is asymmetric, to say the least…

Here are the quotas as assigned, transferred, and acted upon in date of April 9 16 18 22 24 26 29, 2014. (more…)

Super-Late WRC Editorial

When I was asked to write about the WRC 2014 rules, I knew someone would be in for it. I don’t envy the people in charge of setting largely arbitrary rules. A lot of the time it’s a choice between A and B, each with their own pros and cons, if you choose A, some people will want to know why you didn’t like B, choose B and you will find out A has some kind of previously nonexistent fan-club. It’s not easy to walk the fine line between wanting to give a good impression to the visiting Japanese pros, having a fair tournament and wanting players from all over Europe to enjoy playing in a major international event.

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Upcoming World Riichi Championship Tournament

First off, a little introduction since not everyone is aware of what’s currently the hot topic in the western Mahjong hemisphere:

The French Riichi Mahjong club TNT is organizing the first ever World Riichi Championship (WRC) in Paris between the 16th and 20th of July this year. The tournament is scheduled to battle it out with 120 players in 14 hanchan during that time. There is a country-quota system in place which allocates 50 seats to Japanese and 50 seats to European players. The remaining 20 seats are delegated to China, Korea, the Americas and “the rest of the world”.

Your name could be written here!
Your name could be written here!

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Unofficial LIVE WRC 2014 NA Qualifier Rankings

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
Drballon 54 34 14 14 14 14 1 1 63 43 -28 -18 118 88
JoeyV -23 -13 52 32 72 52 -22 -12 -52 -42 59 39 86 56
SakiTaco -18 -8 -15 -5 51 31 -20 -10 25 25 2 2 25 35
鳳雛ちゃん -23 -13 -43 -33 51 31 52 32 51 31 -24 -14 64 34
Panda84 6 6 49 29 -49 -39 -36 -26 42 22 41 21 53 13
Dasuke -33 -23 51 31 -43 -33 6 6 8 8 4 4 -7 -7
ThomasR 47 27 9 9 14 14 -33 -23 -37 -27 -35 -25 -35 -25
治子37―564 -49 -39 -16 -6 -22 -12 52 32 10 10 -24 -14 -49 -29
RJAlpha 18 18 -37 -27 0 0 -19 -9 -36 -26 13 13 -61 -31
綾人神名 41 21 -24 -14 -19 -9 51 31 -45 -35 -37 -27 -33 -33
Scott -29 -19 -50 -40 -23 -13 5 5 -14 -4 46 26 -65 -45
tadaru復活 9 9 10 10 -46 -36 -37 -27 -15 -5 -17 -7 -96 -56