Farnham Maltings to host the 2016 European Riichi Mahjong Championships

We are pleased to announce that Farnham Maltings will be hosting the European Riichi Mahjong Championships on Friday 07 October to Sunday 09 October 2016. This is the 4th Championship of its kind and is the most prestigious in the European tour schedule. The Championships have previously taken place in Germany and Austria, and this will be the first time it will be held in the UK. The Maltings will welcome players from across Europe, representing their countries to compete in the games.

Riichi Mahjong is the Japanese version of the Chinese game of Mahjong. It is played in groups of four, with 136 or 144 rectangular pieces called tiles. The main objective is to build sets with the tiles, through drawing and discarding them (similar to ‘Rummy’). The game has been increasing in popularity, with Mahjong groups forming throughout the UK, Europe and across the World (there is also a Mahjong World Championship).

Gavin Stride, Director at Farnham Maltings said: “We are delighted to host the European Riichi Mahjong Championships at Farnham Maltings. It will be a hugely exciting time for us to witness the games as they unfold, and to play a part in such a unique and prestigious event”

During the 3 days of the competition, up to 120 players will take part and compete through twelve hanchans (games) for the revered title of ‘Riichi European Champion’ with awards also given to second and third place.

Quotas for entry will be decided on by the European Mahjong Association, and will be set on Tuesday 01 March. An indication of likely quotas can be monitored on the EMA website. Entries are governed by the individual country organisations who choose their representatives – normally through seperate qualifying tournaments. Although individual applications won’t be accepted  there will be spaces for a few wild cards decided on by the European Mahjong Association. Applications can be made via the EMA website: http://mahjong-europe.org

More details and updates on the event will be available closer to the date, and can be found on the official website www.ermc2016.com

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