2014 World Riichi Championship

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2014 World Riichi Championship
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WRC logo
Location Puteaux, France
Host Tri Nitro Tiles
Date July 16-20, 2014
Type World championship
Player count 120 players
Finalists
Champion Hiroshi Yamai
Runner up Kazuhiko Nishijima
Third Jun Nishikawa
Fourth Noriyuki Kiriyama

The 2014 World Riichi Championship was a Japanese mahjong tournament, held during July 16-20, 2014 in Puteaux, France at the Puteaux City Hall. The tournament features invites from various nations across the globe. It is the first World Riichi Championship held. The winner of the event, and the first World Champion is Hiroshi Yamai.

The vast majority of the competition consisted of players from the European Mahjong Association and those from Japan. Invites were sent to other countries, namely the United States, Canada, China, and Korea. Spots were reserved for "rest of the world" as well; four players from Singapore and Australia (two each) took the opportunity to participate. In total, the tournament featured a field of 120 players.

The concept of a world championship was presented by Martin Rep. The French riichi club Tri Nitro Tiles (TNT) offered to hold the tournament in Puteaux, near Paris, France. This proposal was accepted by the EMA, JPML, USPML and FFMJ.

Rule modifications

A special World Riichi Rules rulebook was created for the championship. It attempts to strike a balance between the EMA rules and contemporary Japanese rules. Rules different to at least one of those include

Tournament format

Preliminaries Round of 32 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Prelim
All players
8 hanchan

Top 32 qualify
to the knockout rounds
Rank 1-32
2 hanchan
Rank 1-16
2 hanchan
Rank 1-8
2 hanchan
Rank 1-4
2 hanchan
Rank 9-16
2 hanchan
17-32
2 hanchan
Rank 17-24
2 hanchan
Rank 25-32
2 hanchan
Rank 33-120
6 hanchan

The tournament consists of 14 hanchan played by every participant, plus a 2 hanchan final played by the top 4. The first 8 hanchan are held in a standard cumulative score tournament format, with every player playing a total of 24 different opponents. After the initial 8 hanchan, the top 32 scorers advance to the playoff bracket. The remaining 88 continued to play another 6 cumulative score hanchan to decide their final placements in the 88-120 range. These scores do not reset from the initial 8 hanchan.

In the playoffs, the players are seeded into tables of 4 based on their previous round performance. Progressing into the knockout brackets, previous scores aren't taken into account otherwise. Each table plays 2 hanchan together, and the two best players advance to the upper playoff group, while the bottom two fall to the lower group. This is repeated for the quarterfinals and semifinals. After the semifinals, players are ranked from 5 to 31 based on their semifinal round results. Placements are shared; for example, the two players ranked 21st are those who placed 3rd in the 17-24 group of the semifinal round. Those who placed 1st or 2nd in the uppermost semifinal group will play two final hanchan to decide their exact placement and the championship.

Preliminaries and round robin

AUS AUT CAN CHN CZE DEN FIN FRA GER ITA JPN NED POL RUS SIN SVK KOR ESP SWE SUI UK UKR USA
2 4 1 5 2 6 3 7 5 1 45 6 3 4 2 3 1 1 2 1 7 1 9
Player list Preliminary results Round robin results
# Last name First name Club Country H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8 Rank H8 RRFinal End Rank
107 Adams Ryan Panhandle Mahjong USA -14.0 -36.8 -6.7 -31.8 73 -29.2 72
67 Andersen Morten DEN 42.5 99.6 94.7 55.7 30 To QF
12 Aoi Yurika JPML JPN -4.2 3.4 -4.2 -18.4 66 19.4 60
2 Ara Masayoshi JPML JPN 57.7 112.3 78.5 77.3 19 To QF
110 Ayllon Antonio ESP -34.1 -28.1 63.2 5.1 53 41.1 53
103 Barr Jenn JPML USA -66.3 -78.8 -102.0 -124.0 112 -153.3 103
96 Bielby Philip UK -77.7 -72.6 -95.1 -130.0 113 13.7 62
59 Bogdanov Vladimir RUS -22.5 -100.0 13.8 -38.7 77 -34.3 73
105 Bresnick David USPML USA 18.6 -22.5 -24.9 -35.9 76 29.0 58
89 Broers Eveline NED 38.1 61.7 26.1 -14.0 62 -69.8 84
111 Campina Nicolas FRA 36.5 44.7 34.5 15.6 50 193.9 33
48 Cesarini Daniele ITA -9.8 30.3 -28.2 -58.9 89 -98.2 82
43 Cheo Kae jer SIN -26 -97.6 -108.0 -85.5 99 -116.3 97
38 Cho Toshimasa Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN 49.9 38.0 156.4 191.9 3 To QF
39 Cho Yoon-jeong KOR 28.9 17.8 37.5 -30.6 72 -1.7 67
82 Christensen Tina DEN -32.7 -42.9 -63.3 -67.0 94 -102.1 94
113 Collinge Gemma JPML UK -84.3 -78.1 -104.0 -93.3 103 -290.1 114
119 Clarke David UK -41.4 -115.0 -150 -112.0 110 -180.8 107
108 Dedieu Jean-marc FRA -6.5 -4.7 -39.1 -79.0 96 -10 68
58 Dedikov Sergey RUS 35.4 37.1 10.8 29.5 41 12.3 64
116 Divis Martin CZE -5.5 -11.3 -47.8 -61.3 91 -54.4 79
118 Duckworth John UK 18.7 21.4 3.0 54.4 32 To QF
54 Duhaut Senechal Club Riichi de Montréal CAN -46.0 -41.3 -138.0 -133.0 114 -97.1 90
73 Ea Anthony FRA 27.5 20.7 -9.5 48.3 35 -119.5 99
36 Erentsov Oleg RUS -13.2 -13.8 -49.1 -40.7 79 -94.0 88
78 Eschenburg Axel GER -22.2 26.5 79.6 58.4 28 To QF
93 Francks Zachary Seattle Mahjong USA -7.1 29.6 87.2 87.6 18 To QF
15 Fujisaki Satoshi JPML JPN -4.8 2.3 11.3 42.2 37 54.8 46
18 Fujiwara Takahiro JPML JPN -35.6 11.4 65.5 66.3 25 To QF
25 Furuhashi Takashi JPML JPN -25.0 -12.9 -59.3 -34.1 75 SUB
94 Germeys Jasper SWE -27.7 -92.7 -80.2 -89.7 101 -117.4 98
32 Grishin Victor RUS -22.6 -6.2 6.3 38.4 38 54.0 47
95 Haley Tony UK 2.6 -41.9 -39.3 -138.0 115 -284.1 113
74 Hanssen Henrik GER 20.3 5.2 -70.7 -66.8 93 -113.5 96
81 Heemskerk Désirée NED -50.2 -89.5 -58.6 -81.4 98 -79.0 85
68 Humbert Luc SUI -39.7 -113.0 -143.0 -173.0 118 -227.9 112
55 Ide Kohei JPML JPN -26.3 -63.7 -9.2 -54.1 88 11.1 66
28 Iga Norio JPML JPN -7.1 -19.7 -15.4 55.4 31 To QF
6 Ito Yuko JPML JPN 46.3 45.2 65.2 12.7 52 17.3 61
86 Ivanov Maksym UKR -25.0 -19.9 -24.8 -47.3 84 -51.1 78
69 Iversen Kim DEN -49.9 -27.6 -0.5 -6.8 59 -97.6 91
16 Izumi Yukiko JPML JPN -29.7 -5.0 -28.0 45.7 36 88.1 40
79 Jergus Juraj SVK -25.6 -96.3 -150.0 -78.7 95 -224.9 111
35 Kajita Ryoichi Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN -54.0 -114.0 -94.0 -102.0 107 -63.8 82
46 Kakigi Kentaro Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN -31.1 8.0 28.6 -11.0 60 -45.0 77
85 Kal Harry NED -15.3 -55.6 -149.0 -202.0 119 -305.8 115
50 Kihara Koichi Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN 29.7 21.6 -0.6 -24.9 69 83.6 41
57 Kiriyama Noriyuki Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN 23.3 53.9 69.0 103.5 15 To QF
61 Koenig Nadine GER -12.4 28.5 21.4 24.9 44 -12.1 69
7 Kojima Takeo JPML JPN 12.3 -46.3 -65.5 -38.8 78 -91.4 87
87 Kolenda Dominik Polish League of Mahjong POL 18.7 29.1 13.7 22.3 47 51.2 49
23 Kuroki Masao JPML JPN 72.1 24.7 86.9 109.9 11 To QF
100 Lensu Konsta FIN -8.8 -8.0 43.3 25.1 43 74.2 43
120 Lester Martin UK 12.1 10.3 -15.3 -29.4 71 -56.5 80
70 Leth Henrik DEN -7.8 35.4 21.8 61.0 27 To QF
33 Li Wenlong CHN -10.2 43.2 27.0 71.5 23 To QF
75 Meischel Martin AUT -47.7 -81.9 -123.0 -104.0 109 -182 108
102 Moreno Daniel Texas Mahjong USA -50.2 -86.6 -59.8 -47.8 85 -43.5 76
8 Maehara Yudai JPML JPN -36.9 102.0 147.7 221.0 2 To QF
63 Marko Michal SVK -35.0 -30.0 -64.5 -50.2 86 -43.3 75
13 Mito Ryosuke JPML JPN 51.8 67.0 59.4 22.9 46 11.7 65
11 Miyauchi Kozue JPML JPN 70.1 35.3 63.4 136.9 5 To QF
1 Moriyama Shigekazu JPML JPN -42.3 -47.3 -54.8 -13.9 61 50.8 50
56 Nah Joseph SIN -16.6 -28.5 -0.7 30.2 40 72.5 44
4 Nakamura Tsuyoshi JPML JPN -25.7 35.7 46.9 -15.6 64 29.5 56
106 Nelson Garthe JPML USA 111.6 88.5 48.4 50.7 33 161.6 34
34 Nikaido Aki JPML JPN 7.9 53.3 79.8 68.4 24 To QF
47 Nikaido Rumi JPML JPN 25.4 53.3 87.8 102.2 16 To QF
14 Nishijima Kazuhiko JPML JPN 63.7 77.9 125.5 128.8 6 To QF
31 Nishikawa Jun JPML JPN 43.4 97.0 139.6 123.8 9 To QF
84 Nøhr Jesper DEN 64.9 119.0 85.3 119.6 10 To QF
9 Ogasahara Nao JPML JPN 7.0 -5.5 -54.2 -15.3 63 SUB
77 Oorschot van Gerda NED -48.6 -98.9 -92.1 -60.7 90 -128.9 101
49 Osaki Hatsune Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN -19.3 36.4 53.1 57.1 29 To QF
92 Osipov Kirill FIN -55.5 -20.0 -72.2 -100.0 105 -164.5 105
109 Pernicova Radka CZE -9.0 18.7 -33.2 -63.4 92 -194.9 109
117 Poilleux Nicolas FRA 53.3 -13.4 47.5 24.5 45 -69.3 83
91 Porcherot Quentin FRA 37.7 20.2 -25.8 4.4 54 -27 71
45 Qiu Charles The ChomBro's AUS -14.5 -46.2 -42.7 -21.3 68 -81.1 86
99 Raittila Anne-mari FIN 35.6 51.1 58.9 62.3 26 To QF
65 Reisinger Manuel AUT -21.8 -22.2 -49.9 -93.0 102 -101.3 93
90 Rep Martin NED 0.1 -63.9 -90.9 -148.0 116 -218.9 110
115 Robison Aidan UK 21.3 65.3 111.2 124.6 8 To QF
88 Rostved Frank DEN -59.7 -111.0 -118 -41.6 80 44.5 52
98 Rossard Antoine FRA -11.9 -8.7 -10.2 37.1 39 121.8 36
30 Sarukawa Masatoshi JPML JPN -36.4 -16.7 -8.4 -20.2 67 52.5 48
22 Sasaki Hisato JPML JPN 13.3 34.6 122.6 128.0 7 To QF
20 Sawazaki Makoto JPML JPN 12.3 10.3 57.2 18.1 48 34.2 55
112 Scheyer Allon USPML USA 70.9 58.1 62.7 105.6 13 To QF
51 Setokuma Naoki JPML JPN -33.4 -3.8 -39.1 -42.5 82 28.0 59
52 Sherry Darryn The ChomBro's AUS -36.4 -29.1 -40.9 -79.5 97 -162.0 104
60 Song Panjing CHN 59.2 28.5 -67.9 -42.2 81 -146.5 102
72 Stummeyer Ilka GER -20.3 -67.0 -86.7 -104.0 108 -106.0 95
26 Sugiura Kansuke JPML JPN 32.9 74.2 69.8 26.0 42 142.1 35
5 Takamiya Mari JPML JPN 45.3 26.3 89.3 74.1 22 To QF
27 Takizawa Kazunori JPML JPN -0.6 -25.0 10.0 15.9 49 40.9 54
3 Tezuka Sakiku JPML JPN -4.1 -51.8 -5.7 2.8 55 29.5 57
29 Tokuda Kenneth JPML JPN -31.2 -39.0 -26.7 -50.3 87 SUB
41 Tomotake Masaharu JPML JPN 26.9 54.1 13.2 76.8 20 To QF
42 Tomozoe Toshiyuki JPML JPN -16.9 -9.5 -12.4 -4.6 58 46.2 51
104 Tranvouez Gwenael FRA -16.1 34.4 17.3 -32.9 74 -34.6 74
10 Tsukie Ikuko JPML JPN -52.1 -55.2 -111.0 -166.0 117 SUB
17 Uotani Yumi JPML JPN 87.0 98.3 91.2 104.7 14 To QF
62 Van der Linden Pauline NED 22.8 -22.9 37.3 -16.9 65 12.4 63
114 Vuyou Joe USPML USA -60.0 -120.0 DQ DQ DQ DQ 120 SUB
19 Wang Zhengfang JPML JPN 12.5 -30.4 -46.3 -95.0 104 62.4 45
76 Wankmuller Alexander AUT -25.8 -56.3 -85.5 -101.0 106 -95.1 89
53 Wei Wei CHN -16.4 -2.0 33.1 -1.2 56 93.0 39
64 Weinguny Lena AUT -15.0 -34.9 -78.9 -117.0 111 -57.8 81
80 Woźniak Mateusz Polish League of Mahjong POL -4.1 1.5 16.2 48.8 34 82.0 42
37 Wu Huan CHN -12.2 25.5 0.1 15.0 51 101.4 37
21 Yamada Hiroyuki JPML JPN 85.8 107.8 141.5 106.6 12 To QF
44 Yamai Hiroshi JPML JPN 44.9 69.7 113.9 179.9 4 To QF
97 Ye Anders SWE 27.5 -16.4 -80.4 -86.8 100 -120 100
40 Yonesaki Nagi Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN 21.9 40.5 18.6 -1.9 57 96.8 38
24 Yoshida Yukio JPML JPN 7.9 53.3 67.2 96.7 17 To QF
83 Zahradnik Michael GER 24.6 20.7 26.5 75.2 21 To QF
101 Zamora Shane Seattle Mahjong USA -43.4 -77.2 -65.7 -46.3 83 -25.0 70
71 Široň Tomáš SVK -0.1 7.4 -48.9 -28.6 70 -164.5 105
66 Żuk Bartosz Polish League of Mahjong POL 67.6 124.7 201.4 252.9 1 To QF

Knockout rounds

Round of 32 matchups

The top 3.
Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 Table 5 Table 6 Table 7 Table 8
E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N E,S,W,N
Hanchan 1
66,31,44,17 Example Example Example Example Example Example Example
Hanchan 2
Example Example Example Example Example Example Example Example

Quarterfinal matchups

Semifinal matchups

Results

Champion
Runnerup
Third place
Fourth place
Semifinalist
Quarterfinalist
Player list Knockout rounds
# Last name First name Club Country Ro32-1 Ro32-2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 Final1 Final2 Round Rank
67 Andersen Morten DEN -16.7 -41.3 32 31
2 Ara Masayoshi JPML JPN 57.2 22.9 SF 7
38 Cho Toshimasa Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN -31.9 44.9 32 17
118 Duckworth John UK 27.3 22.1 SF 5
78 Eschenburg Axel GER -13.6 22.3 32 23
93 Francks Zachary Seattle Mahjong USA -24.6 -41.9 32 29
18 Fujiwara Takahiro JPN 5.4 29.6 32 17
28 Iga Norio JPML JPN 24.4 27.4 SF 7
57 Kiriyama Noriyuki Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN 20.4 4.0 F 4
23 Kuroki Masao JPML JPN 3.0 -51.9 QF 13
70 Leth Henrik DEN 0.0 53.2 32 21
33 Li Wenlong CHN 26.4 -22.6 QF 11
8 Maehara Yudai JPML JPN -40.2 70.9 32 23
11 Miyauchi Kozue JPML JPN 4.5 -23.5 QF 13
34 Nikaido Aki JPML JPN 9.5 -19.3 QF 15
47 Nikaido Rumi JPML JPN -55.7 -27.4 32 29
14 Nishijima Kazuhiko JPML JPN 31.3 17.5 F 2
31 Nishikawa Jun JPML JPN 15.0 13.9 F 3
84 Nøhr Jesper DEN -5.7 20.4 32 19
49 Osaki Hatsune Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong JPN -3.9 23.8 32 19
99 Raittila Anne-mari FIN -57.3 29.6 32 21
115 Robison Aidan UK -29.9 -13.9 32 31
22 Sasaki Hisato JPML JPN 36.6 -2.2 QF 9
112 Scheyer Allon USPML USA -77.6 -84.1 32 25
5 Takamiya Mari JPML JPN -34.3 -70.5 32 25
41 Tomotake Masaharu JPML JPN 41.5 18.7 SF 5
17 Uotani Yumi JPML JPN -8.6 -17 QF 11
21 Yamada Hiroyuki JPML JPN 22.4 6.9 QF 9
44 Yamai Hiroshi JPML JPN 40.0 23.8 F 1
24 Yoshida Yukio JPML JPN -30.5 12.2 32 27
83 Zahradnik Michael GER -13.3 -20.8 32 27
66 Żuk Bartosz Polish League of Mahjong POL 58.9 -20.7 QF 15

Summary of results by country

As there is no official rankings by country available, the table below is presenting the best, average, median and worst scores, as well as a composite score (the average of all four). Players placing equally with another player are ranked as a half-rank lower, in order to maintain statistical comparability. As an example, the best European player, John Duckworth, is counted as being at rank 5.5 and not 5.

WRC venue and tables.
Statistical averages based on player final rankings
Country Best Average Median Worst Composite
Poland 15.50 35.50 42.00 49.00 35.50
Japan † 1.00 36.51 40.00 119.00 49.13
China 11.50 47.38 38.00 102.00 49.72
Denmark 19.50 49.83 41.75 94.00 51.27
Spain 53.00 53.00 53.00 53.00 53.00
Finland 21.50 56.50 43.00 105.00 56.50
Germany 23.50 62.20 69.00 96.00 62.68
United States ‡ 25.50 58.50 64.00 103.00 62.75
South Korea 67.00 67.00 67.00 67.00 67.00
France 33.00 66.29 71.00 99.00 67.32
Russia 47.00 68.00 68.50 88.00 67.88
United Kingdom 5.50 73.29 80.00 114.00 68.20
Singapore 44.00 70.50 70.50 97.00 70.50
Ukraine 78.00 78.00 78.00 78.00 78.00
Italy 82.00 82.00 82.00 82.00 82.00
Canada 90.00 90.00 90.00 90.00 90.00
Netherlands 63.00 93.00 93.00 115.00 91.00
Austria 81.00 92.75 91.00 108.00 92.19
Czech Republic 79.00 94.00 94.00 109.00 94.00
Australia 86.00 95.00 95.00 104.00 95.00
Slovakia 75.00 97.00 105.00 111.00 97.00
Sweden 98.00 99.00 99.00 100.00 99.00
Switzerland 112.00 112.00 112.00 112.00 112.00

Notes: † Japan's score is counting the four pros who retired as placing 116th though 119th. ‡ The United States is counted as having 8 participants, excluding a player who was unable to attend.

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