NAO: Event Preview
The inaugural North American Open begins tomorrow morning at New York’s Down Town Association in Manhattan. Here are a few points of interest to get you ready.
The NAO will be using WRC rules and played in a 7-hanchan round robin (Saturday and Sunday) with the top four players moving on to a 2-hanchan final on Sunday afternoon.
|Saturday, October 13th||Sunday, October 14th|
|9:00 AM – Registration||9:00 AM – Morning Check-In|
|9:40 AM – Opening Announcements||9:20 AM – Hanchan 6|
|9:55 AM – Hanchan 1||11:00 AM – Hanchan 7|
|11:35 AM – Hanchan 2||12:25 PM – Lunch|
|1:00 PM – Lunch||1:50 PM – Hanchan 8|
|2:15 PM – Hanchan 3||3:30 PM (approx) – Hanchan 9|
|3:55 PM – Hanchan 4||5:20 PM (approx) – Closing Ceremonies|
|5:45 PM – Hanchan 5||6:30 PM – Festivities complete|
|7:00 PM – Free Play|
Tournament directors within NARMA have informed us there is a planned team side event, but could not confirm the format at this time.
NARMA has promoted a photo essay contest sporting the theme, “Riichi Mahjong in North America: Where We Come From”. Submission deadline was September 29. Keep an eye out for an on-site display of the entries as well as an announcement of the winner during the ceremonies. Word has it that a neat opportunity has been arranged for the best entry.
In absence of an official channel from NARMA or the NAO, at least one Discord user group has put up a NAO attendee channel for visitors to New York to make plans and meetups around the tournament, so take advantage if you come across one or start one where you are!
#riichiNAO is the official social media hashtag for this event.
The NAO has projected seating from 60 to a hard cap at 80 players. We have been informed that the tournament is full, but as of the date of this publication, the remaining names have not yet been confirmed.