Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We're at the halfway mark with our spring class in beginning Mah Jongg.  Last week our students started to play a game.  And in the beginning it's always a challenge to do the Charleston!

Let's review.  The order of passing is written on the back of your card:
1ST Charleston:
 2ND Charleston (should you choose to continue):
Then:  Courtesy Pass.

Earlier we posted some tips for passing which you can review here.

Before you pass, arrange your tiles in suits on your rack.  This helps you to see the strength in your hand...if there is one!

Last night I opened with this!

 No pairs, a real mix of tiles. Sometimes I rearrange to see the number families more clearly.  Like this:  Winds, even numbers, odd numbers.

Still not much to work with.  I decide to pass the last three tiles as my FIRST RIGHT.  5BAM, 7CRAK, and 9BAM.  Maybe I'll get winds...or more even numbers from the player on my left.

BUT....instead I get 5BAM, 7BAM and 9DOT.

I decide to be bold.  I keep the odd numbers and begin passing away the winds and evens....in appropriate mixtures.  A 2CRAK, SOUTH, and 6BAM together. You can only change course like this early in the passing.  I was hoping to get my first 5BAM back again.  What you pass on the FIRST RIGHT won't make it back to you again until the LAST RIGHT.  And maybe never, if another player decides to keep it.

Don't be discouraged if you don't decide on a hand in the passing!  You still have the whole game to play!