World Mahjong Championship

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The World Mahjong Championship is played to determine the World Champion in the table game Mahjong held by World Mahjong Organization (WMO). Both men and women are eligible to contest this title, and the championship holds both of Individual event and Team event.


Since the propagation of Mahjong at the beginning of the 20th century, the rules of Mahjong have been inconsistent all around the world. In January 1998, Mahjong was certified as the 255th sport by General Administration of Sport of China at the urging of Japan. In September, unified Chinese rules were codified for international competitions. On October 23, 2002, the first world championship was held in Iidabashi, Tokyo, Japan over three days, but this event was not counted as the first world championship.[1][2][3]

After the establishment of World Mahjong Organization(WMO) in 2006, the official first world championship was held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on November 1, 2007 and lasted for five days. Li Li, a Chinese student of Tsinghua University, won the championship.[4][5] In team event, China Shanxi Jiexiu won the championship with 94 table points.[6]

On June 15, 2007, World Mahjong ltd.(WML), the company based on Hong Kong, promoted the World Series Of Mahjong(WSOM) in Macau. This event took the prize system of US$1,000,000 and the winner was given US$500,000. This event was a competition held by a private company and it was not certified by WMO.

The second official World Mahjong Championship (WMC) took place in Utrecht from August 27 to August 29, 2010. The new World Champion again comes from China: Ms. Linghua Jiao won the competition with 32 table points (acquired in 9 sessions).[7] The follow-ups were both Europeans – the same held true for the country ranking, which was calculated as a team score of the best three national players from each country: China ranked first with 85 table points, followed by France (78 TP) and Denmark (77 TP).



No. Year Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place
2002 Mai Hatsune Japan John J. O'Connor United States Yūichi Ikeya Japan
1 2007 Li Li China Zhangfei Zhang China Minoru Imaeda Japan
2 2010 Linghua Jiao China Olivier Boivin France Elisabeth Frischenschlager Austria
3 2012 Yanbin Duan China Zhangfei Zhang China Changjian Li China
4 2015 Zhou Yong China Linghua Jiao China Joel Ratsimandresy France


No. Year Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place
2002 Young Pros Team B Japan Guangzhou China Japan Health Mahjong Association Selected Team Japan
1 2007 China Shanxi Jiexiu China China Shanghai Zhangjiang China Japan Mahjong Sport Association Osaka Japan
2 2010 China (Top-3 players) China France (Top-3 players) France Denmark (Top-3 players) Denmark


Date Edition Location Venue
October 23, 2002 2002 World Championship in Mahjong Iidabashi, Tokyo, Japan Hotel Grand Palace
November 1, 2007 1st World Mahjong Championship 2007 Chengdu, Sichuan, China Hong Zhu Shan Hotel
August 27, 2010 2nd World Mahjong Championship 2010 Utrecht, Netherlands Nationaal Denksport Centrum 'Den Hommel'
October 25, 2012 3rd World Mahjong Championship 2012 Chongqing, China
November 11, 2015 4th World Mahjong Championship 2015 Jeju, Korea

5th World Mahjong Championship (Singapore)

Boathouse Residences November 25, 2016

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