1st North American Riichi Open

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1st North American Riichi Open
Location Montreal, Quebec, CAN
Host Senechal
Date June 13 & 14, 2015
Player count 12 players
Finalists
Champion Claudel
Runner up Coppro
Third Marc-Andre, Luke (tie)
Fourth --

The 1st North American Riichi Open is a tournament held on June 13-14, 2015 at Montreal (Quebec), Canada.

Name

As the name implies, it purports to be the first open ([fr] omnium) tournament in North America for riichi mahjong. The criteria for this are:

  1. Open access to anyone.
  2. Three-month advance notice.
  3. Related to Japanese mahjong.

There have been many things called "tournaments" in North America: it is not the organizer's goal to mock previous events but to propose a better standard, similar to what is occuring in Europe at this time.

Location

The tournament was held in room E-3313 at the Collège de Maisonneuve (3800 Sherbrooke East) in the South wing. The college itself is within walking distance from the Stade Olympique (Olympic Stadium)[1].

Cost

Participants paid a tournament fee of 40 CAD per person. Costs were kept as low as possible to address budgetary concerns.

Rules

While not denying the need for a global standard, the organizer decided that for a first tournament, the rules would attempt to make a suitable hybrid between local rules and the World Riichi Championship rules used previously in 2014 in Puteaux, France.

Basic settings

  • Type: Ari-ari mahjong.
  • Points: 30,000 to start, busting ends the game.
  • Dora: All standard dora, kandora follow late flip rules.
  • Chombo: 10,000 point deduction, done at the end of the game (a delayed negative score), affecting table placement. {Revised March 1.}
  • Call priority: 0.5 seconds. Ron calls have a three second window regardless of other calls.
  • Red fives: None.
  • Games end at South 4 or when someone busts.
  • Rank bonus (jun’iten/uma): 5-15, as per WRC2014 rules

Yaku and scoring options

Faults and fouls

  • 1 to 5 tiles (from anywhere but opponent's hands) = 1,000 pt deposit.
  • 1 to 5 tiles from an opponent's hand = dead hand.
  • 6+ tiles from anywhere = chombo.
  • False ron call with no tiles shown = dead hand.
  • False ron call with tiles shown = chombo.
  • Illegal upgrade of a call = chombo.

(Legal upgrade: Any variation of "po-ron" or "pon, I mean ron" done quickly (0.5 seconds) prior to tiles being exposed is tolerated. Taking much longer, or exposing two tiles then calling ron is illegal.)

Extra rulings

  • Scoring sheets (for marking the final game score) along with a point grid will be provided.
  • Yaku sheets are not provided: players with them may not consult them during a match (from East 1 to South 4).
  • Violations of the rules are potentially subject to 10,000 point deductions.
  • Cheating will lead to immediate expulsion. Standards of proof are not subject to debate.
  • Self-arbitration is both encouraged and required. The referee is responsible for the tournament, not for each individual.
  • Scoring is done with point sticks: please overpay quickly and efficiently. Do not dive for 26 green sticks for payment.
  • All calls should be vocalized cleanly and effectively. If you have a problem articulating P/R, or in general: let the table know. If the table has to warn a player twice, the third time may be subject to a dead hand ruling.
  • No foreign objects allowed on the game tables. Placing a beverage, food or a rack/ruler (or anything else not necessary) on a game table is subject to a 10,000 point deduction per violation.

Results

Number Player Hanchan 1 Hanchan 2 Hanchan 3 Hanchan 4 Hanchan 5 Hanchan 6 Hanchan 7 Hanchan 8 Day 1 Final Rank
11 Claudel 32.1 39.3 25.5 35.7 -7.1 -27.5 6.6 7.7 132.6 112.3 1
4 Coppro 12 -34.8 28.9 16.4 36.4 6 -13.2 19.4 22.5 71.1 2
1 Marc-Andre -16.1 14.7 -28 6.9 27.2 26.1 40.2 -7.8 -22.5 63.2 3
9 Luke -27.9 -19 28.8 -3.6 9.3 28.8 7.8 39 -21.7 63.2 3
6 Senechal 37.3 -8.9 -5.7 -34.8 28.1 -6 31.2 15.3 -12.1 56.5 5
3 Shan -30.1 22.8 -9.2 -8.6 -31.4 10 26.1 58.2 -25.1 37.8 6
12 Kyuu 9.4 5.1 8.2 21.7 5.4 -3.7 1.9 -19.3 44.4 28.7 7
2 Alex 34.2 22.4 14.2 -48.5 -28.8 4.7 -12.8 -7.1 22.3 -21.7 8
8 Anne -2 -16.3 -1.6 34.5 5.1 22.9 -25.8 -47.2 14.6 -30.4 9
10 Dasuke -14.6 37.7 3.4 9.9 -4.7 -26.3 -29.9 -14.4 36.4 -38.9 10
7 Anne-Marie -48.4 -17.6 -41.4 -7.9 -14.3 -29.2 -10.3 1.4 -115.3 -167.7 11
5 Patrick 13.1 -45.4 -23.1 -23.7 -25.2 -5.8 -31.8 -45.2 -79.1 -187.1 12

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