Saturday, August 30, 2014

We Love Tournaments!

We mentioned that we discovered some new tournaments from friends at the Piscataway tournament last weekend.

Gail from East Meadow in Long Island sponsors a one day tournament almost every month to benefit Temple Emanu-el.  You can participate by sending a check payable to Temple Emanu-el in the amount of $45 to: Temple Emanu-el,  123 Merrick Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554.  Attn: Gail

Here is the schedule for the next year:

September 21, 2014
October 26, 2014
November 16, 2014
December 21, 2014
January 11, 2015
March 15, 2015
April 12, 2015
May 17, 2015
June 14, 2015
August 2, 2015

You can reach Gail for details at:  or  (516) 221-4802 if you have any questions.

We'll be at the Sept. 21st event.  Hope to see some of you there, too!

~Susan and Barbara

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALMOST a Mah Jong doesn't count!

Here's another interesting situation that occurred to me in a recent game.

I ended the passing like this:

 What a beautiful start to this hand:  
3333 44 44 44 5555
I do need a few more jokers or 3 and 5 dots....but the pairs are all there!

Then, after just a few rounds of play, I start picking 3's and I have this!

Now it looks better for this hand, because I'm still quite short on 3 and 5 dots.
33 44 333 444 5555

And finally I am 'set'!  The hand has come in beautifully!  I just need someone to throw a 3 BAM.

 BUT.....someone declares Mah Jongg before me and the game is over.  

It happens.  You think you're on the brink of winning.  There are many tiles yet to play....but who knows how far down the wall that 3 BAM resides!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Piscataway Debriefing

Home Again!

This weekend's tournament was exceptional!  What a great time....and not because either of us placed in the competition.**  But we were winners in every other way.

  • We reconnected with old friends
  • We played pick-up games between tournament sessions
  • We discovered new tournaments we'd like to attend
  • We reaffirmed that tournaments are a great place to play lots of fast Mah Jongg and meet interesting people
**See our score cards below.  One of us started strong, collected points early in the tournament yet stalled in the final rounds.  The other did not win a hand until the 5th round yet saw success in the closing rounds.   In the end our scores were 5 points apart! That's Mah Jongg for you!

Looking forward to the next Four Seasons Tournament:

Atlantic City, October 19th - 21st, 2014

Hope to see some of you there!

~ Barbara and Susan