Northwestern University Riichi Mahjong

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Northwestern University Riichi Mahjong
Country USA
Location Evanston, IL
Inception April 2018
Leader Mitchell Smith
Northwestern University Riichi Mahjong ruleset
Kuitan, atozuke ari-ari
Starting points 25,000
Ending points
Negative score Game Ends
(total ante)
20000 (5000 per player)
Multiple win cases Double Ron Ari
Call precedence Pon overrides Chii
Dora settings All
Renchan setting Tenpai-Renchan
Abortive draws All
House rules
Any variable rules, upon agreement

Northwestern University Riichi Mahjong (NURM), is a Riichi mahjong club within the Chicagoland area, based in Evanston, Illinois at Northwestern University. Regular meetups are held at Northwestern University's Evanston campus on a weekly basis during the academic school year and during the summer. The group has been active since its inception in April 2018, and is supported by Chicago Area Mahjong.

Any and all players who are interested are welcome to join, regardless of skill level. While NURM is built around NU students, we also regularly host non-NU players. Information about events, meetups, and other details are freely available via Discord or by contacting Mitchell Smith.

Meetup Information

  • Weekly, Wednesdays 6pm-12am
  • Norris University Center (1999 Campus Dr. Evanston, IL 60208)
  • Active September to June annually

Game Rules

Ruleset strictly adheres to Tenhou L0 Rules.

The complete ruleset can be found here. As a general rule of thumb, any ruleset is allowed as long as there is unanimous agreement at a given table.

Game Records

Northwestern University Riichi Mahjong records stats of final points and placements of all 4-Player full hanchans completed during club play. Rankings of players and statistics are available to view upon request by club members. Matches played for fun (using other rule sets), and those played with beginner players (chombo off) are excluded from league records.



Date Event Type Players Results Ruleset Source
2019/04/13 NURM 2019 Spring Open Individual 17 First: Steve Augustin
Second: Aaron Ebejer
Third: Hirotaka Takeuchi
NURM Modified
Official Ruleset


Date Event Type Players Results Ruleset Source
2018/10/12 NURM Invitational Individual 8 First: Mitchell "mwsmws22" Smith
Second: incertia
Third: Kon Aoki
NURM Modified
Official Ruleset
2018/11/02 NURM Team Tournament Team 12 First: Anthony "YuukiTheFlash" Wang, Mitchell "mwsmws22" Smith, Izuho Suzuki Saki Teams Modified
Official Ruleset

Notable Members/Alumni

Class Name Tenhou Rank Status Role Description Favorite Yaku Favorite Saki Character
2002 KyuuAA 五段 Active Club Regular Head of Chicago Area Mahjong. Club regular attendee. Honorary class of 2002. Chankan
Usazawa Sae
2014 D.Sierra 五段 Inactive Alumni Founder of the first iteration of NURM. Now plays with LAPOM. Pinfu
2018 鳥星雨 三段 Inactive Alumni Founder of the current iteration of NURM. Former president and admin. Now plays with LAPOM. Menzentsumo
Mihirogi Uta
2019 incertia 四段 Inactive Online Regular Regular participant within the NURM online community. Active within USPML. Riichi
Amae Koromo
2021 Mitchell Smith
N/A Active President Club President. Two time winner of NURM tournaments. Sanshoku doukou
Kanbara Satomi
2021 YuukiTheFlash 四段 Active Vice President Regular participant online and in person. Team ace, and summer session leader. Created this wiki page. Ippatsu
Onjouji Toki

Yakuman List

The following is a list of all yakuman scored during club play or tournaments hosted by NURM. Though the yakuman must be scored within a NURM meeting or event, all attendees, including those who are not NU students, are eligible for this list.


Scorer Date Round Yakuman Method Value Source
YuukiTheFlash 2018/06/20 East 1 Kokushi Musou
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32000 [4]
KyuuAA 2018/08/01 East 3 Suuankou
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48000 [5]
YuukiTheFlash 2018/10/10 South 4 Suuankou Tanki
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48000 [6]
YuukiTheFlash 2018/11/07 South 2 Suuankou Tanki
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32000 [7]
Izuho Suzuki 2019/03/20 South 4
Honba 2
Kokushi Musou
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35600 [8]
Bill Wang 2020/01/22 East 3 Chuuren poutou
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48000 [9]
Mitchell Smith 2020/02/12 South 4 Kokushi Musou
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32000 [10]


Scorer Date Round Yakuman Method Value Source
YuukiTheFlash 2018/08/31 South 2 Shousuushii
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48000 [11]

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