Dates announced for WRC 2022

Opening socialiser Wednesday 24th August 2022

Game dates: Thursday 25th — Sunday 28th August 2022

Welcome to the 2022 World Riichi Championship

2022, Vienna, Austria


5 Days and Nights of Riichi

Running from Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 August 2022, the World Riichi Championship will be more than just a tournament. With a series of side-events and free-play on into the night, there's more than enough Mahjong for everyone!

Players From Around the World

Invitations will be extended to top Riichi players around the world in a race to crown a new World Riichi Champion. Come and claim your seat at what will be the highest-profile Riichi Mahjong event in the world!

Riichi for Glory

WRC brings together the best Riichi players from around the globe! Make your mark in mahjong history as third person to be crowned as World Riichi Champion, standing alongside the best. Stay tuned for announcements of particular attendees.



Join us the evening of your arrival for the opening ceremony. Greet friends new and old, from near and far as you get comfortable with your surroundings. The event hall is in the heart of Vienna, Austria’s capital city famous for its musical legacy. Spend your evenings exploring the town, or come back to the venue for social play.


During the tournament, you'll have the opportunity to mingle with players at the highest levels of the game. You never know when you might come across a new tactic or strategy just by chatting with another player. With some of the best players from all over the globe expected to attend, you’re bound to gain knowledge and improve your skills.


Survive through the multi-day qualifying round and elimination rounds and you'll find yourself at the final table competing for the opportunity to take home the championship title. Every decision and tile draw will matter and no time to blink between each discard.


Players who were originally registered for the 2020 event have been contacted to confirm or withdraw from participation for the 2022 event. We have not yet decided whether more seats will be made available. Please check back or follow us on social media for information when it is published.

Registration will be €400 (this includes VAT). This includes lunch on each playing day, and the pre-tournament social. Everyone will play ten qualifying rounds; and there will be side events with pros, for those who miss out on the top 32 cut. Registration does not include accommodation. An email is going to all registered players with a booking link for the InterContinental. You are not obliged to book through us, but booking through WRC will give you access to our special negotiated rates, which include breakfast, and also support the WRC event. For each block of rooms you book, one room will be made available to our staff and refs.


The championship will take place in the Intercontinental Hotel Vienna, a 5-star hotel in the middle of this magnificent city in the centre of Europe. It has a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and an Intermezzo Bar for classic cocktails. The hotel's modern, playful and wildly stylish Parlor Restaurant offers gourment cuisine; Café Vienna is more classically traditional, with its wood-panelled walls and the best of Viennese pastries; join us in the Club Lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks.


Tournament Format

WRC 2022 will be an elimination tournament, with a pool of players from around the world eventually narrowed down to a single World Champion. Players whose run in the main event has come to an end will have side-events, mahjong free-play, and other Vienna activities available to them!

WRC Rules 2022 Edition

WRC 2022 will continue to utilize the World Riichi Championship ruleset - the first international ruleset to be certified for competition play by authorities in Japan. Since its introduction at our first event in 2014, the World Riichi Championship ruleset has been updated and improved year over year to be a definitive guide to Riichi Mahjong play.

An update to the rules has now (March 2022) been released. The announcement is here, and the summary of the changes is available as a PDF.

A look back at WRC 2017, in Las Vegas USA

Video courtesy of Masters of Mahjong, Farpoint Productions

Image credits

Strauss Monument by James Mason-Hudson CC-BY-SA-4.0, wikimedia