Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Good Mah Jongg Tournament


I just love a good Mah Jongg tournament!
But, what makes it good? 
Winning???
Well, of course that would be great.
But, actually, for me it’s the quality of the play and the players themselves.

What a wonderful treat to be able to zip through those games in rapid succession.
It’s sort of like speed dating for mah jongg addicts…four people around a table for four games for 50 minutes, putting their best Mah Jongg skills to work.
“Hi”
“Hello”
Break the wall, pick your tiles, set them up, pass, pass, pass, pick and throw!
Maybe a Mah Jongg? Maybe a wall game?
Total your score, bring up the score sheet.
East stays, North moves up one, South moves down one, and West moves up two.
“Hi”
“Hello”
Break the wall, pick your tiles, set them up, pass, pass, pass, pick and throw!

I love the defensive players and the risk takers and I love those who know that even a “friendly” game has to reinforce rules. I love the precision of it all, the sounds of the clicking tiles, the occasional roar of victory, the support and camaraderie.  You can keep the whiners, the secret tellers, the players whose love for the game ebbs and flows with success or defeat, and the ones who go on and on about the hands they almost made.
But really, they are the minority, and no tournament would be complete without them.

So, win or lose, Mah Jongg tournaments are a win-win for me!

~ B.

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