WRC 2020 Announced!

It's been a busy few weeks.

First of all, we were very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Kojima or "Mister Mahjong" of the Japan Professional Mahjong League. He was very supportive of the World Riichi Championship initiative and we were so glad to welcome him to Paris 2014. WRC will attempt to continue in the path he forged, bringing mahjong to as many people as possible.

It is under that sorrowful shadow that we have announced WRC 2020 will be held in the historic city of Vienna. Lena of Vienna-based club Kasu and Alexander of Ryanpin in Graz approached us even before the 2017 event had come to a close, keen to volunteer to hold the next event. Their enthusiasm is ridiculously infectious, and despite the exhaustion of Vegas, they helped us keep our minds in the future and to the next event.

Of course, Lena was also the best performing European of the entire event and I can't wait to see how the Japanese players perform against her when they're on her home turf.

We're light on the details at the moment but things will start to be locked down over the next twelve months so, as always, follow us on social media and visit our page in your idle moments.

You even have some time to learn some German, starting with the tournament's motto: Lass uns spielen!


Rules hotline open!

As part of our commitment to improve accessibility to the World Riichi Championship rules, we have opened up a direct channel to our Rules Director, Sylvain Malbec.

Just go to Resources > Ask Us! and complete the contact form with your question. Sylvain will get back to you as soon as possible with the clarification or answer you were looking for.

We're hoping to add to and enhance our resource library over the next year so that we can offer clubs and organizations who adapt WRC rules the support they need. With WRC rules, players can be confident that they are playing the lingua franca of riichi. 


We survived Vegas!

A big thank you and congratulations to David Bresnick of the United States Professional Mahjong League for holding the biggest gathering of riichi players outside of Japan. And an even bigger congratulations to Masaharu Tomotake who is the second World Riichi Champion!

But what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas this time... We're currently looking for a new venue and club to host WRC2020. We have some irons in the fire and hope to make an announcement soon. Watch this space!

Rules Clarifications and Additions

It's almost upon us! The World Riichi Championship 2017 is only days away. We hope you are as excited as we are to be traveling to Las Vegas.

Over the last few months we (and especially our amazing Rules Director, Sylvain) have been fielding questions regarding the WRC Rules. Sylvain has collected these and created a document intending to clarify the correct interpretation of the rules.

Click here to download the clarifications document.

This is not an exhaustive list, and it may be added to in the future. Look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Player List Updated

The player list has been updated to reflect some changes in the line ups, add the "rest of world" category and better sort the "invites" section. If your name is not on the list or is showing as incorrect, please let us know asap!

The schedule will be going up later next week. The tile sets are ordered! It's all coming together and we can't wait to see you in six weeks... Eeek!


Player List ALMOST Complete

Finally! We're almost there. I can't tell you how grateful we are to the patience of the players. This has been a new process for us partly due to combining hotel bookings and also registering all 240 players from all over the world.

I believe it's going to have been worth the slog and the patience!

The North American player list is up. EMA is currently in the redistribution phase. Once the list is more static, we'll have a combined list of all regions.

Most player invoices have now been issued for those names on the site. We have a few still left to get out but it should all be done in the next few days. The question is what happens next?

After we've received all of your subscriptions, we will then complete the booking with the hotel and make final payments. After which we will be able to issue receipts for those who need/want them.

We will then be starting to send out more complete player forms where we will be asking you for things like a photo of yourself, dietary requirements, logistical things so we can help you better, and also a short bio. Some of this info will be shared with the television producers who will be coming over from Japan, so that they can know you better when they're filming you at the tables!

After those forms are complete, we will issue final player numbers. And really there is nothing left to do for you then but relax until Las Vegas! (and maybe play lots of mahjong in prep!)

Can't wait to see you there!


Documentary - Masters of Mahjong

We are excited to announce a new collaboration with Farpoint Productions in a new planned documentary called Masters of Mahjong. The project is in the development stage and currently looking for funding. The feature-length documentary will follow the trials and tribulations of riichi mahjong players as they prepare for WRC 2017 Las Vegas, and their triumph or disappointment at the event itself.

Jamie Grant of Farpoint Productions traveled to Japan at the beginning of this year to shoot some concept footage for the trailer, and we all spent a very exciting day at the Japan Professional Mahjong League's studio. We highly recommend you check out the video and follow Masters of Mahjong on social media.

The World Riichi Championship is excited and honored to be a part of their plans. We hope that the rest of the riichi community will offer any support they can for the success of this project.

European Mahjong Association Quotas

The European Mahjong Association (EMA) quotas have been finalized for EMA-member countries. You can find out how many people we expect to be representing your country at WRC 2017 from the EMA website. Make sure your EMA rep knows that you are interested in playing in Las Vegas this year!

Players from all other countries can contact us on the Participate form if they are unsure of their representative organization. We will be sure to pass your details on.

WRC 2017 Las Vegas Tournament Website Open!

The World Riichi Championship 2017 Las Vegas tournament website is ready courtesy of the host, the United States Professional Mahjong League.

World Riichi Championship 2017 Tournament Site

It has more details on the tournament, including a rough schedule and room packages ready for you provisonally reserve (tournament entry only option will be made available later).

National organizations have been informed of their seat quota and we'll be publishing more details later on this. If you are interested in playing, please contact your national organization directly. If you aren't sure who this is, fill in our contact form.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible there!