WRC Announces 2017 Tournament Locale

The World Riichi Championship has announced that the 2017 championship will be held in Las Vegas, hosted by the USPML. The final dates and venue are pending, but the the tournament is bookmarked for late September, early October.

The WRC is an invitational tournament managed by the World Riichi Competition Committee comprised of representatives from riichi mahjong organizations around the world. The first WRC tournament was hosted in Paris, France in 2014 by the co-founders of the TNT French Riichi Mahjong Club and attracting 120 players from 23 countries. The 2017 tournament promises to see many of those players return and more besides!

Keep an eye out for tournaments and events over the next year that offer qualifying seats this competition.

North American Riichi Mahjong Association Now Accepting Memberships

narma20appNARMA has opened its doors and is now accepting membership applications from the public. You can apply here.

There are a few levels of membership available and no dues.

Individual

An Individual membership is open to those interested in supporting the association’s objectives in regards to the North American riichi mahjong community and who are residents of a North American country. This membership grants the individual a vote on association business in General Meetings. Applications must be approved by the Board.

Associate

Associate memberships are open to anyone who intends to participate in tournaments, qualifiers, promotions, and other competitions and social events of the organization. Or to those that simply wish to stay informed through organization notices or simply appear on the membership roster. This is not a voting position.

Club

Club memberships are open to mahjong play groups, including clubs and leagues, with a presence in North America. It is not required that every member register with NARMA. Registered clubs may designate a representative (and an alternate if necessary) who may cast a vote on association business at General Meetings, and allows the club to be registered on NARMA’s club directory. Applications must be approved by the Board.

Consulting

Consulting memberships are reserved for designated individuals outside of North America who NARMA invites to attend meetings in order to offer their specific expertise and knowledge to the association. These memberships are by invitation only and must be approved by the board.

 

2nd Montreal Riichi Open

Club Riichi de Montreal is currently registering participants in the 2nd annual Montreal Riichi Open, to be held at Collège de Maisonneuve on June 4th and 5th, 2016.

This will be an 8 hanchan tournament (4 rotations on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) using WRC competition rules. Registration is listed at 45 CAD/35 USD, though there may be a small discount for early registrations.

Email tournoi2016@riichi.ca for information or to register. Official information can be found on the club’s site at http://riichi.ca/

North American Riichi Mahjong Association Establishes Bylaws

Yesterday, in a meeting of delegates from across North America, bylaws establishing the North American Riichi Mahjong Association (NARMA) were passed and officers elected. This marks the creation of the first ever organization representing the interests of the U.S. and Canada to the global mahjong community.

NARMA is the collaborative product of interested representatives from previously dissociate clubs across the continent, although its guiding focus has been spearheaded by David Bresnick (United States Professional Mahjong League.) NARMA seeks to encourage awareness and participation of riichi mahjong by connecting players to local clubs, provide resources for teaching and training, organize national-scale tournaments, and present a credible face to mahjong organizations around the globe.

After making final amendments to the bylaws, requisite officers for the association were elected to fill the required positions. The officers are:

David Bresnick (President)
Daniel Moreno (Vice-President)
Sean Hunt (Secretary)
Luke Morgan
Grant Mahoney
Aldwin Gordula
Donald Clark
Edwin Dizon
Steve Smith