Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October 2016
Great Hall of The Maltings in Farnham, Surrey, UK
MERS 5 rated event, 12 Hanchans, 3 days
Qualification & Registration
The tournament is established for a maximum of 120 competitors. Entry quotas for all countries will be determined by the European Mahjong Association, and will be officially set on Tuesday March 1st 2016 based on the up to date data from the European Ranking System. In the interim an indication of likely quotas for each European country can be monitored on the EMA website.
Each member country of EMA will have discretion over its own selection criteria.
National Associations will be requested to give an indication of the likely level of take up of their allocated quota (plus any potential reserves) by the end of May latest. Not later than twelve weeks before the tournament date, each national association will be requested to make a block entry of its chosen competitors together with relevant entry fees. There will be no facility for direct individual entries except in circumstances where it cannot be avoided.
For participants from countries not currently members of EMA, these players make up the “Rest of World” (ROW) quota. In the first instance, you should contact your national organization to make representation to the organizing committee. If your country has no national organization, you can contact us directly as an individual on the email address below. Interested players should make contact by the end of January. The email address to contact us regarding the ROW quota is Gemma Sakamoto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The entry fee for the tournament will be 95 GBP. (Bona fide full time student entrants may apply to the organisers for a discretionary 25% reduction of this fee).
The Tournament will be held in the Great Hall, with food & refreshments served in the Cellar Bar. The Referee Seminar will be held in the Long Kilm Room.
|Thursday 6th October||10.00 a.m.||Referee Seminar (Part 1)|
|1:30 p.m.||Referee Seminar (Part 2)|
|4.00 - 5.00 p.m.||Early Registration|
|Friday 7th October||8.45 a.m.||Registration|
|10.00 a.m.||Opening Ceremony|
|10.30 a.m.||Hanchan 1|
|12.20 p.m.||Hanchan 2|
|2.50 p.m.||Hanchan 3|
|4.40 p.m.||Hanchan 4|
|6.10 p.m.||Play closes|
|Saturday 8th October||9.00 a.m.||Hanchan 5|
|10.50 a.m.||Hanchan 6|
|12.40 p.m.||Hanchan 7|
|3.10 p.m.||Hanchan 8|
|5.00 p.m.||Hanchan 9|
|6:30 p.m.||Play closes|
|Sunday 9th October||9.00 a.m.||Hanchan 10|
|11.10 a.m.||Hanchan 11|
|1.40 p.m.||Hanchan 12|
|3.40 p.m.||Prizes and Closing Ceremonies|
|4.10 p.m.||Tournament Ends|
The tournament will be held over twelve hanchans in total.
The tournament runs over twelve hanchan in total, and has been designed to match players of similar achievement level over the first ten hanchan in direct competition with each other for the critical final phase.
The first ten hanchan will operate with all players meeting randomly drawn opponents in each round. No opponent will be encountered more than once in these first ten hanchan.
After ten hanchan, the field will be segmented into groups of sixteen. Players in each segment will compete for their final placement in the tournament within their respective segments. It follows that it is possible for a successful player in a lower segment to achieve a larger cumulative score over the full twelve hanchan than a player in a higher segment, but still finish in a lower tournament position overall. Equally, a player who is unsuccessful in the last two rounds cannot fall below the lowest overall tournament placing for the segment in which they are competing.
All players will carry forward into their respective segments 50% of their cumulative scores after hanchan 10. The purpose of this (reduced) carry forward is to allow performance in the ‘Random Opponents’ phase to contribute to, but not to dominate the final placement.
In effect the top sixteen competitors after ten hanchan will be competing against each other in the main tournament ‘Final’. However, all competitors will be able to enjoy a ‘Final’ Experience, in that all will be competing in a segment of 16 players who have comparable achievement after ten hanchan.
The players will meet in the following groupings in hanchan 11 and 12, based on ranking position after the tenth round, and again after the eleventh round when players’ positions will almost certainly differ once again.
Final tournament position in all cases will be determined by an aggregate score composed of:
Since the seating of players in the final two sessions is determined by tournament position, some duplication of opponents may occur in these final hanchan, either because players may have already met in the ‘Random Opponents’ Phase (Hanchan 1-10), or might possibly be re-matched in hanchan 11 and 12.
Note that seating in these two final hanchan is predetermined by current tournament ranking position, and thereby offers the small advantage of the first East seat to the leading competitor at each table in all segments.
Tied scores following hanchans 10 ans 11 will be broken using the following criteria in order of precedence:
How the tournament directors will handle players that arrive late for the tournament are detailed in this policy.
A bit about the local area and the event venue.
Farnham is an excellent example of an old English market town boasting narrow streets lined with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the south of England.
It is located some 30 miles to the south west of London, just about half way between England’s present, and its ancient capital of Winchester. Farnham has good access by road (M3/A3/A31), and by rail from London Waterloo, as well as a convenient cross country rail link from London’s Gatwick airport (LGW).
Farnham Maltings is now a thriving community Arts Centre, located at the heart of the town, a ten minute walk from Farnham Railway Station. Originally erected in the 18th Century the Maltings, as its name suggests, was previously a maltings house owned by the long since departed Farnham United Breweries, although its initial incarnation was as a tannery.
The facility was acquired by the town in 1969, and was subsequently converted to its present usage as an Arts Centre wherein a wide variety of festivals, fairs and performances are hosted. The Great Hall is its highly flexible and most prestigious space, capable of hosting both live and film performances.
Where to stay !!!
There are a number of different accommodation options available in the area. These include:
|Hotel de Vie||Farnham||0.4km|
|Bishops Table Hotel||Farnham||0.5km|
|1 Park Row - Bed & Breakfast||Farnham||0.7km|
|Premier Inn (opening in July)||Farnham||2.1km|
|Farnham House Hotel||Farnham||2.8km|
|Plume of Feathers||Farnham||5.2km|
|Hogs Back Hotel & Spa||Farnham||5.4km|
|Colebrook Guest House||Farnborough||7.7km|
Easy access by road or rail.
Farnham has good access by road (M3/A3/A31), and by rail from London Waterloo, as well as a convenient cross country rail link from London’s Gatwick airport (LGW).
From London Heathrow (LHR) the best route is by Airport coach from the Central Bus Station between T2 and T3 to Woking Station, and from there by rail to Farnham.
Check here to view the rail and bus links to Farnham from Heathrow Airport.
Thursday 6th October 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Instruction and discussion conducted by the EMA referee team, concluding with a referee qualification rules test.
The cost is £35 per person to include lunch, and all applications and relevant fees should be included with National Associations' sending of entry fees for the tournament proper by the end of June.
The following have been allocated places for the seminar. The deadline for any further nominations is end of June 2016:
|Name||Country||Tournament Registered||Fee Received|
|Czech Republic||Rahka Pernicova||Yes||Yes|
|Czech Republic||Vojtech Trmal||No||Yes|
|United Kingdom||Philip Bielby||Yes||Yes|
|United Kingdom||Daina Chiba||Yes||Yes|
|United Kingdom||Shaun Drury||Yes||Yes|
|United Kingdom||John Duckworth||Yes||Yes|
|United Kingdom||Ian Fraser||Yes||Yes|
|United Kingdom||Gemma Sakamoto||Yes||Yes|
|United States||David Bresnick||No||Yes|
Meet the players
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, it has been possible to increase the maximum number of players to 128. Quota increases, where appropriate, have been advised to National Associations.
The following players have already been nominated by their National Associations to participate in this championship. National Associations are requested, when sending entry fees on behalf of their nominees (by end of June) also to complete the registration of prospective participants in the referee seminar scheduled for Thursday 6th October 2016.
|Player||Country||EMA ID||Entry Fee Received|
|Carrie POWELL||Czech Republic||22000013||Yes|
|Martin DIVIŠ||Czech Republic||22000003||Yes|
|Radka PERNICOVA||Czech Republic||22000004||Yes|
|Isabel BAHIANO STEENHOLM||Denmark||3000149||Yes|
|Ad VAN DER LINDEN||Netherlands||8010411||Yes|
|Dimphy VAN GRINSVEN||Netherlands||8010168||Yes|
|Gerda VAN OORSCHOT||Netherlands||8010003||Yes|
|Pauline VAN DER LINDEN||Netherlands||8010412||Yes|
|Yvonne VAN DER HEIDE||Netherlands||8010052||Yes|
|Daina CHIBA||United Kingdom||11990075||Yes|
|Gemma SAKAMOTO||United Kingdom||11990006||Yes|
|Ian FRASER||United Kingdom||11990005||Yes|
|John DUCKWORTH||United Kingdom||11990016||Yes|
|Martin LESTER||United Kingdom||11990044||Yes|
|Michael DONAGHY||United Kingdom||11990050||Yes|
|Nick DYER||United Kingdom||11990011||Yes|
|Paola BUNGARO||United Kingdom||11990010||Yes|
|Peter LANGFORD||United Kingdom||11990004||Yes|
|Philip BIELBY||United Kingdom||11990057||Yes|
|Shaun DRURY||United Kingdom||11990059||Yes|
Tournament Polo Shirt with embroidered tournament logo
Arrangements have been made with a leading UK eBay trader to supply personalised polo shirts complete with tournament logo. Select your own size and make your own colour choice from those available. It may also be possible to order other colours by checking the trader’s other listings and specifying the colour required in a message to the trader. The weight of the shirt is approximately 220 grams, by contrast an ordinary T shirt would be approximately 100grams.
The basic price of the shirt is £10.00
Personalise with your own colour and size choices and complete your order. See seller’s other listings for alternative colour options available. Please allow 10-14 days for delivery. There will be an option to collect your shirts at the tournament venue after the Referees’ Seminar, Thursday, 6th October from 4pm as part of the early registration process.
LAST ORDER DATES for guaranteed delivery prior to the tournament:
Please note that the shirts are optional and the cost is NOT covered by the tournament entry fee.