Tournament format and schedule


Before you continue, please take some little time and read the following text:

Our goal is to make the tournament as comfortable and pleasant as possible. To give everyone the chance to give their best at any time and reach for the top while never forgetting fair play, we would like you to read the attached etiquette document and would be honoured if you would live it with us together.

Note: This document is by no means influenced from any third party and is alone translated and written down  by members of the club on collected experiences. We want to give you some background information WHY etiquette is such a sensible but important subject to mahjong.

Etiquette rules have their origins from the time where mahjong was played in shady places in Japan for gambling or by the yakuza. To maximise chances of winning, players tought themself how to cheat. Nowadays, where automatic tables are widely used all over Japan, tile stacking or tile switching etc. became almost impossible.

Since the most of us play like the old days, where tiles are shuffled manually and walls builded by hand, all these afore mentioned tricks CAN be done without any great effort.

While playing at tournaments, outside ones well known circle of friends/club, one often meets players from foreign countries, some of them for the first time. No one can say with 100% accuracy that everything goes the way it should be without accusing anyone.

That’s exactly the point where etiquette comes into play!

Main reason no. 1: Prevent cheating.

Don’t look like you’re cheating!

Main reason no. 2: Make the game run at a faster pace.

As tournaments are played with time limits, everyone benefits from a faster game.

If everyone follows and lives the true spirit of 和 (“wa”), the japanese term for “peace”, there are sheer endless possibilties and we can truly highten this wonderful game of mahjong to the next level – together!


There will be 9 hanchans played for 90 minutes. Rules are according to the EMA published from april 2016.

Referee: Manuel Schlich (GER) (EMA certified)

2nd referre (playing): Anneke Keyl (NLD) (EMA certified)

EMA-Observer: Matthias Trinkl (AUT)

+ Social Play in friendly atmosphere
1. Tag/1st day
Eröffnung/Opening Ceremony08:30-08:45
1st Hanchan08:45-10:15
2nd Hanchan10:30-12:00
3rd Hanchan13:00-14:30
4th Hanchan14:45-16:15
5th Hanchan16:30-18:00
2. Tag/2nd day
6th Hanchan08:45-10:15
7th Hanchan10:30-12:00
8th Hanchan13:00-14:30
9th Hanchan14:45-16:15
Siegerehrung/Award ceremony16:30-17:00