Due to the recent measures announced by the Ministry of Health, SMC sessions will be suspended with immediate effect until further notice. This suspension may be extended depending on the situation of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, you may wish to sign up for the Singapore Online Riichi Tournament 2020. The top four players get to represent Singapore for the next IORMC.
Those who have registered and pay, please join us at a telegram group at https://t.me/joinchat/A5_X3VWvvd_nhJPvdtUHhw
We will explore and navigate the new platform together some time on Friday night.
The World Riichi Competition (WRC) Committee has organised an online tournament on ron2 mahjong platform. Ron2 is frequent by many professional players in Japan. It is usually a premium account but with this sign up, you get 90days of membership!
Players from all over the world will be participating in this although you are likely to play with asians and europeans due to timezone difference. The top 4 will get a qualifying slot for WRC 2021 (postponed of 2020).
So if any of you win, more of us will be going to WRC 2021!
It will be held over the course of 2 + 2 days, 22nd and 23rd August, Finals on 29th + 30th August.
Registration fee is around S$35 (20 Euro).
For the other details, you can check out on their website at https://worldriichi.org/about-fest
If you wish to join, just register on your own and pay accordingly to the instruction stated there. I’ve no idea what is the registration deadline. I only know whatever that is written on the website.
Please also note that there is no re-selection of players for WRC 2021 unless the selected players for WRC 2020 drop out. This treatment is to be consistent for any future postponement of any tournament that require selection trial. Otherwise, I would have define the length of postponement that warrants a re-selection should any future tournament postpone again. Defining the length can be problematic due to many uncertainties that may arise in organising the selection.
Good news! Despite the COVID-19 situation, we will still be having our annual Online Riichi Tournament in preparation for IORMC 2020.
July ~August (Depending on the number of players’ and their availability)
This tournament is open to all Singapore players. Please register on the SMC website or join us on Facebook at Singapore Japanese (Reach) Mahjong Group.
To ensure a minimum skill level of our participants and make things fairer for everyone, we will need you to describe your riichi experience during registration. It is preferred if you have a combination of both online and offline experience playing riichi.
There will be 10 han-chans played on Tenhou. Every han-chan is scheduled based on players’ availability so this is NOT a 1-day tournament. The exact format including eliminations will be released after the list of registrants is confirmed and will be informed via WhatsApp group. All games are played on weekday nights or weekends depending on players’ availability.
Players’ required commitment is to play 1 or 2 han-chans per day about 2 to 3 times a week. Special arrangements can be made for players who are going overseas etc BUT tell us BEFOREHAND.
Note that point penalties will be given if you are late for / completely forget your scheduled games.
Basically, Tenhou rules will be used except for the following changes:
- Aka nashi
- NO Buttobi (bankruptcy)
- NO Mid-Game Draws
- Atama Hane = NO double/triple ron
- NO Agari Yame = last dealer must ren-chan if he wins/tenpai
- NO Sudden Death = han-chan will stop at S4 even if all players below 30k
The playing speed will be 5 + 10 seconds.
- Top 4 players will represent Singapore for International Online Riichi Mahjong Competition 2020 (IORMC). 5th and 6th place will be substitute players.
- There will be some tangible prize for this time round. The prize will be announced after all players’ participation have been confirmed.
The registration starts on 7 June (Sunday) 12pm and ends on 21 June 11:59pm. It will be first register 1st serve. Allow us for some working time to confirm your registration. We will accept players in a group of 4 but will confirm receipt of your registration nonetheless.
All fields are required. Please note that you will be added to a Whatsapp group conversation when registration has been finalised.
The COVID-19 situation appears to be stable and we will resuming our sessions on 7 March 2020. Please take note of the necessary screening measures that will be put in place:
1. Do not register or attend sessions if you are feeling unwell, especially if you show respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose. Please let the organisers know ASAP if you’re unwell on the day of the session.
2. Take part in the mandatory health screening at Nee Soon South CC, at the screening counter outside the office.
- Register with personal and contact details;
- Be screened for temperature (not above 38.0°C) and for respiratory symptoms;
- Be issued a sticker to indicate passing of screening,
Only individuals who have been issued the sticker will be allowed into the playing venue. Players without such stickers should be turned away. Persons who do not pass the screening (e.g., temperature is higher than 38.0°C) will be asked to go home.
Please do your part and understand that this is for the good of everyone in the community. Please do not force yourself to come if you are not feeling well. There will always be other opportunities to play mahjong!
Registration for the upcoming session on 7 March 2020 begins tomorrow.
From 26th to 30th August, WRC 2020 will be held in Vienna.
I’ll have to send in our players name soon and Singapore is given a quota of 3 slots to fill. Last year, I’ve asked for interested participants and I’ve gotten 4 who can definitely and interested to participate. They are Martin, Elijah, Yong Chuan and Feng.
I will be re-confirming with everybody’s participation and also taking this chance to do a last call for other players who might be interested to join. As there are limited slots, I will only give priority to players who have been playing riichi regularly in either our club or I-sports. Following that, I will check with players who are also fine with not going. If there are still more than 3 players then we will do a selection.
Please inform me that you are interested and able to join WRC 2020 by end of 17 Feb, Monday.