2002 World Championship in Mahjong

The 2002 World Championship in Mahjong was held at the Hotel Grand Place in Tokyo, Japan from October 23 to 27 in 2002. The title for this competition was "The Festival for Culture and Sport in Mah Jong".

The competition ran under corporation of Ningbo City Mahjong Sport Association and Japan Mahjong Organizing Committee (JMOC). JMOC was formed with 4 Japanese organizations including Japan Mahjong Federation, All-Japan Mahjong Society, Japan Health Mahjong Association, Mahjong Museum.

Competition[edit]

This championship is not certified as the official first worldwide championship in Mah jong because it had been held before World Mahjong Organization was formed in 2006.

Although it was offered from China at first and it was going to be held in Ningbo which is known as the origin of Mah jong, the location was moved to Japan because a large event was going to be held there.[1]

For this reason, the competition was held at the Hotel Grand Palace in Iidabashi, Tokyo. 100 competitors with 25 teams from 8 nations: China, Japan, USA, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands took part in this competition. JMOC held primarily tournaments in Tokyo and Osaka.[2][3]

Results[edit]

The names are ordered as Given name and Surname.

Individual[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Table Points Mini Points
1 Mai Hatsune JapanJapan 26 898
2 John J. O'Connor United StatesUnited States 26 759
3 Yūichi Ikeya JapanJapan 24 892
4 Aki Nikaidō JapanJapan 23 893
5 Jin Li ChinaChina 23 443
6 Tomohiro Yoshida JapanJapan 22 691
7 Quanze Wu ChinaChina 22 622
8 Caofang Huang ChinaChina 22 583
9 Masashi Saitō JapanJapan 21 232
10 Junhao Cui ChinaChina 20 970

Team[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Members Rank Table Points Mini Points Total Table Points Total Mini Points
1 Young Pros Team B JapanJapan Kazutoshi Iwasawa 11 20 787 80 2253
Ryōichi Kajita 16 20 446
Kenji Katsumata 24 18 329
Tomohiro Yoshida 6 22 691
2 Guangzhou ChinaChina Jin Li 5 23 443 76 1113
Man Feng 25 18 226
Gangliang Yu 57 13 -139
Caofang Huang 8 22 583
3 Japan Health Mahjong Association JapanJapan Jun Kashiwabara 34 16 43 73 1165
Noriko Maruyama 33 16 268
Masashi Saitō 9 21 232
Ryō Togamae 14 20 622
4 Tianjin ChinaChina Junhao Cui 10 20 970 69 1432
Baomin Yang 28 17 492
Jianguo Li 39 15 -182
Jing He 31 17 152
5 Young Pros Team A JapanJapan Takunori Kajimoto 12 20 655 69 1175
Nobuhiro Kishimoto 56 13 -60
Dai Osamura 30 17 195
Tatsuya Suzuki 22 19 385

Participating countries[edit]

100 competitors with 25 teams from 8 countries participated. Although Shinnicni Tokuda who did not apply for this competition and he was Japanese, he played as Kenneth Tokuda for USA team because a vacancy occurred.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kanazawa, Masahiro (2010-06-26). "世界麻雀選手権大会について (About 2002 World Mahjong Championship)" (PDF) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. ^ Martin, Rep (2007-11-01). "The First World Championship in Mahjong". Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  3. ^ 第一届世界麻将锦标赛 1st World Championship in Mahjong(in Chinese)
  4. ^ Babylon, ltd(Japanese)