Welcome to the 2019 Australian Riichi Mahjong Open
We would love to invite you to the inaugural Australian Riichi Mahjong Open, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, over the weekend of December 7th and 8th 2019. This will be the first qualifying competition in Oceania for the 2020 World Riichi Championship in Vienna, Austria, and the winner of ARMO will receive an invitation to attend this prestigious event. The Australian Riichi Mahjong Open is brought to you by the following organisations:
The Melbourne Mahjong Meetup Group is dedicated to those who are in Melbourne and would like to play the ancient game of mahjong and meet other players. If you are interested in playing some Cantonese/Japanese Mahjong on a regular basis, then this group is for you :)
The World Riichi Championship is an event run every three years in locations across the globe, bringing amateur and professional players to battle it out over the mahjong tiles for the title of World Riichi Champion.
The Australian Riichi Mahjong Association is Australia's national representative organisation for riichi mahjong. Based in Sydney, their goals are to promote the sport of riichi mahjong in Australia, create networks between players, and to represent Australia on the world stage.
Energetic, cosmopolitan, artsy, and sportsy: from Melbourne's exiting 24 hour CBD, to its exquisite suburban hubs, to its historical country towns, style and culture radiate in such abundance that it's not surprising the city is often voted the world's most livable. The inaugural Australian Riichi Mahjong Open will be held in Melbourne in 2019, at the Kensington Town Hall.
Built at the turn of the 20th century (1901), the Kensington Town Hall is a beautiful neoclassical building in Kensington, an inner suburb 4km north-west of the Melbourne CBD known for its village feel. Over its 118 years the Hall has hosted dances, war functions, boxing tournaments, political gatherings, a health centre, and in 2019 it will host the inaugural Australian Riichi Mahjong Open in its Supper Room.
For directions via public transport you can use Google Maps, which will provide you with accurate directions to the venue. You will need a Myki card to use Melbourne's public transport, or if you have an Android phone with wireless payment capability, you can add a Myki card to Google Pay instead.
From the Melbourne CBD, you can take the Craigieburn train from Flinders Street or Melbourne Central stations, then alight at Newmarket Station, then walk 280m to the venue.
From the Melbourne CBD, you can catch the 57 tram (City to West Maribyrnong) from the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets, then alight at stop 26 Newmarket Plaza/Racecourse Road, then walk 190m to the venue.
There is parking on Bellair Street just outside the venue.
All players will play six hanchan as part of the qualification round. The top four players at the end of the qualification round will proceed to the final round, consisting of two hanchan, to determine the winner of the tournament.
Each hanchan will be limited to 80 minutes of play. After 80 minutes, players must finish the current hand, record their scores, and report to the tournament organisers.
WRC Rules 2017 Edition
ARMO19 will utilise the World Riichi Championship ruleset - the first international ruleset to be certified for competition play by authorities in Japan, Europe and the Americas. Since its introduction at the first World Riichi Championship in 2014, the World Riichi Championship ruleset has been updated and improved year over year to be a definitive guide to riichi mahjong play. You can download a copy of the rules here ⇨
For a brief summary of the key differences between WRC rules and Tenhou rules, click here.
Standards of Conduct
All players are required to adhere the WRC Standards of Conduct at all times throughout the event. Failure to abide by these standards of conduct may be subject to penalty (including disqualification without refund and immediate expulsion from the venue) at the sole discretion of the tournament organisers. We are committed to building a safe and welcoming environment for all, and we operate a zero tolerance policy towards abuse, intimidation, or harassment of players or staff.
All players are also strongly encouraged to follow these gameplay guidelines during play. These guidelines have been devised to ensure that games proceed smoothly, and to protect the integrity of the game by preventing opportunities for cheating or collusion.
Registration for ARMO19 is now open! Everyone is eligible to join - entry costs $50, and lunch will be provided on both days. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
By purchasing a ticket for ARMO19, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of participation.
In order to ensure an even number of players, please note that late registrants will now be placed on a waiting list and accepted in lots of four.