Q for Quarified

Congratulations to Lorizean and our own ron^5 who recently made the cut to represent Germany in the upcoming European Mahjong Championships! We were unable to find any reports of this tournament anywhere online, even though it’s been quite a few days since I was highlighted on IRC while asleep. I wonder if I will be hunted down by the European mahjong mafia for posting this.

Jokes aside, I don’t think either of them really expected to make it through. We knew that two national tournaments would determine their eligibility to attend the Euros. It was only after most of them decided to skip the first one due to various obligations, that they found out actually they would need to play in both to get a realistic shot.

Yea, as they trudged anon their hearts were mired in despair, like a guy who’s been dealing in left and right and knows he has to pull some kind of bullshit in all last.

But such things do happen.

The unrealistic approach would be to place insanely high in the final tournament, which they somehow managed to accomplish.

Details are scarce at the moment, so as soon as ron^5 can tear himself away from constructing additional pylons, we’ll be able to enjoy the firsthand details of their final showdown at the last chance saloon.

15 thoughts on “Q for Quarified

  1. Uh, I don’t think there’s much to say about it and I don’t really feel like writing a report either, so in a nutshell:

    It probably wasn’t all that unrealistic as I had initially deemed it to be. After all, place 5 and 6 of only 20 players were sufficient for us to make it. That got us place 10 and 11 on the total ranking. That’s not to say I was not discontent with how things went, but I can’t really make a complaint as the organizers apparently had their reasons (and partly admitted to it).
    It seems like a total of 26 unique people (+2 non Germans) played at both tournaments, but with only around 10 actually attending both of them. In the end, 4 players who attended only one tournament made it.

    I just noticed the end results are up on the german page:
    http://mah-jongg.de/2010/03/17/qualifikation-fur-die-riichi-em-2010-endergebnis/
    Notice how you can even make it with a total score of -46300 if you attend both.

    The names were added to the complete list of all players too:
    http://mah-jongg.de/veranstaltungen/ecr2010/#players

    Anyways, I had a good amount of fun on the weekend and am looking forward to attending the tournament in july and meeting cool guys like Kajimoto and Benjamin.
    Also, I might be able to play real mahjong in my city in the near future too.

    As for the actual games of the weekend (all point values including uma of +/- 9k/3k):
    Table 1 (against Lorizean) went rather shitty, with me dealing into hands early on during riichi mode. I finished in third place with -17k.

    Table 2 was significantly better, and I only lost my lead in the last hand due to the other guy getting a tsumo with 2 uradora while I was dealer. But I still had a nice second place with +20k.

    Table 3 (against NPX) really saved my ass here, I started out with a dealer haneman ippatsu ron and won a few subsequent hands while only being affected by a few tsumos. Ended up first with +39k with NPX getting second at +-0, Saki style.

    Table 4 (against Gemma) was a really close game with everyone being within ~10k until the third to last hand. I somehow managed to secure second place with +2300 though.

    Thus getting me a total of 44900 points, fifth place in this tournament, and tenth in the total ranking according to EMA ranking points.

    So well yea, now that this is done, let’s get back to constructing additional pylons, mou.

  2. I would really like to attend these events, you make it sound rather fun.

    If only I knew German, though.

    Congratulations nonetheless, by the way!

  3. @ xKime
    There are quite some tournaments spread about Europe. If your from Europe, its no big deal to partipate in on of it. Just registrate for a tournament, go there and play. If you can live with the EMA rules.

    There were 26 players (+2 non German + 2 replacement players) for a total of 30.

    Congratulations to all. We see us at Hanover! Will be great fun!!!

  4. @Bunta

    Nowhere near Europe. The only reason I find to live in Europe is maybe EMA. And I’m not sure I am really fond of EMA’s ruleset (or the negative comments about their way of organizing tournaments). Aka-ari kuitan-nashi is just pretty much BS, in my opinion. Either make it one or the other. *cough*

    But anyhow, I do plan on attending some Japanese tournaments starting next year.

  5. I was wondering just how much influence does luck have in these tournaments anyway. Because I do try to make the best choices at hand, but when it comes to luck, I’m out of it.

    1. Luck influences these tournaments the same way as any other ordinary mahjong game on Tenhou or anywhere else. (Granted they rules are similar rules and no, kuitan/kuikae do not really have anything to do with luck.)

  6. I’m starting to get a RCR Mahjong club together at my University. The problem is that I realized I have no idea where to start to effectively teach people how to play.
    May I use y’all’s beginner’s guide to teach?

  7. Use away!

    I’ve found that, once you have three more players that know how to play the game, people learn a lot just by sitting at the table observing how it’s done, compared to having them start by playing a game, having only received an explanation. YMMV though.

  8. Yeah, well, I also like to believe luck has a different influence in games based on the tournament system and also on how the regular player at the tourney plays (i.e. if 90% of the players there have a “go for it every time no matter what” mindset, it becomes more or less like a race at who gets their tan yao/yakuhai tiles more swiftly), how the preliminaries are handled and a few details scorewise. (Also, whether there is Ura Dora and Ippatsu included or not)

    But if you’re plainly stating that it’s just as much of a factor as it is on Tenhou, I’ll take it I’d better refrain and stick to clicking on tiles for now.

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