This evening at Kodama will be remembered for two things, namely:
1. That after two games Jaime found himself +75 ahead and scuttled off sheepishly muttering something about needing to get home before the puppy piddled on the carpet.
2. That Nobu clobbered David with Kokushimusou on not one but TWO occasions after Jaime’s departure.
Nobu had been Tempai on Kokushimusou in the second game as well, and Noda was looking, rather obviously, for Kokushimusou in the fourth.
Nobu’s first Kokushimusou victory came about when David was Oya and went Riichi. Nobu asked David to clarify whether or not he needed to go Riichi on his hand and when David had a look he was a ready Kokushi hand needing a 9-Bamboo to finish and said, “No, you don’t need to go Riichi.” Since three of 9-Bamboo were already out, David was not too concerned, but the very next tile he pulled from the wall and had to discard was… the last remaining 9-Bamboo. So 32,000 points were promptly transferred from David’s tray to Nobu’s.
Then, in the South round of the fourth and final game, Noda declared Riichi with a hand that was showing dollar strength. David and Nobu were playing out the hand, or so it seemed. David, who was Oya, ran out of safe tiles and put out a Dora tile (North tile in 3-Player MJ) in the hope of finding a safe tile on the back. (Actually, he probably should have simply discarded the North tile but was still hoping to get a ready hand as Oya.) He drew a Red Dragon from the back of the wall, and as both Noda and he had discarded one he chucked it. There was a sudden motion and cry from Nobu, who had been very quiet up until then…
And the second Kokushimusou was revealed. So David handed over another 32,000 points to Nobu and had to give up any hopes of a revival of fortunes.
Noda took over the Oya and during a Ryanshi hand Nobu got a bit carried away and went out on a 1-Yaku open hand with South Wind his only Yaku and fell to a Chombo penalty.
In spite of all that, Nobu still came in bottom of the pile.
Jaime +40, +35, –, — = +75
David -3, -11, -14,* +9* = -19
Nobu +1, -35, +32, -36** = -31
* David gives Nobu Kokushimusou.