Thursday, July 24, 2014

Switching Hands

I love the transformations that take place in a Mah Jongg hand during the course of a game.

Here's an example from a game last week.

When the passing ends I have a nice start on the FF 222 444 666 888 hand.  I keep the soap, and the 1Crak just in case I want to switch to a 2104 hand...you never know what you might pick up.

Now I've given up on the 2014 hand because the 2s, 4s, and 8s are coming in.  But when I pick a red dragon I keep it, just in case I can do the 22 44 666 888 DDDD hand.


Uh Oh....now I've added another joker!  So close to both hands!

I think:
For the :  22 44 666 888 DDD:  I have the pairs.  I can call for the 6 and the 8 AND the red dragon.

For the :  FF 222 444 666 888:  (it's concealed)  I would have to pick either a 2, 4, 6, 8 or joker to discard my red dragon and then I would be on call for the Mah Jongg.

It really depends upon which tile I pick next that fits into one of these hands.

My next pick is a RED DRAGON.  I discard a flower and wait for a 2, 4, 6, 8 or dragon to call.
I pick a 6 crack, discard the second flower and wait to call MJ on either a 2, 4, 8 or dragon.

My chances are good....you can see in the last photo that we are pretty early in the game.

And, yes.  I made the Mah Jongg.

~Susan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dead or Alive?

A former student of ours writes:


" Recently I was mistakenly called dead when I called an exposed a pung.  Does my opponent who called my hand dead then become dead?  I thought I remembered this being the rule from your class but my opponent disagreed.
Thank you.

P.S.  I enjoyed your class and have become addicted. "


You are RIGHT.  If a player calls another player dead in error, that player becomes dead and ceases play while the other player continues to play.  That's why players are so careful when they call another dead.

I believe that if there wasn't a penalty for  that, players would be much more liberal in calling others dead, even possibly in an effort to determine which hand they are playing.

Comments or differing opinions?
BTW....we love the Mah Jongg addiction!


Susan and Barbara

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

6 degrees of separation

Mah Jongg is a culture unto itself.  We could go to a Mah Jongg tournament almost anywhere and make connections with someone we know...or at least within 6 degrees of separation!  It's like  Mah Jongg Geography.

You can walk in to a room full of players and know what to do without giving it a second thought.  You sit and chat with folks you don't know and soon you find that you know people in common.

In Atlanta in May, I met players I knew from Texas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
On our cruise in March, Barbara met a woman who had played Mah Jongg with her aunt in Greenlawn, NY in the 70's.  And, if not someone you know, you will certainly find that you have friends in common.

When I met Michele in Atlanta she told me about Mah Jongg and Me:  a blog I had yet to find written by Ann who lives in Manhattan.   As soon as I got home I looked up the blog and went back to read all of the posts from the beginning. They are filled with wonderful information related to the game.  Be sure to check out her blog.

We've connected to Ann through her blog and emails....and have plans to meet with her in the city in a couple of weeks.  Can't wait to talk Mah Jongg with another avid player. 

All things Mah Jongg become special.  The sets and tiles we use.  The food we serve.   And the people we play with.  I wonder if Kevin Bacon plays Mah Jongg?