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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Piscataway here we come!

It's time for another Mah Jongg tournament.  The doctors leave on Friday for a full weekend of play in Piscataway, NJ.  Run by Joanne Bourne of Four Seasons MJT it's one of our favorites. 

Held in an Embassy Suites, we get a lovely 2 room suite, see lots of MJ friends we know and play 12 rounds of Mah Jongg.  That doesn't count the mini tournaments if you choose to opt into those, too.

What could be better for die hard players like us! 

We'll debrief when we return.

~Barbara and Susan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time to Fly....

We've been teaching a private class for the past 6 weeks and its time to send our nine new players out into the world of Mah Jongg on their own.

We've had such fun teaching them the game that we love!

~Barbara and Susan

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Mah Jongg Reunion

Years ago a group of casual Mah Jongg friends thought it would be fun to have a monthly Mah Jongg party and pot luck dinner.  We met for several years and as often happens the group slowly fell apart and we have been out of touch with each other for quite awhile.

We had occasion to run into a couple of people from the group and decided it would be fun to organize a reunion.
We were fortunate to find a date when everyone could come and set about to organize a day that could offer the opportunity to socialize and play Mah Jongg.
Here was the schedule we came up with:

10 AM  Arrive for coffee and cake
11AM  2 rounds of Mah Jongg
1 PM Sit down lunch (more about that later)
2 PM  2 more rounds of Mah Jongg
4 PM  Dessert and coffee

There were 8 of us; two tables of Mah Jongg.  We spent a good deal of time assigning the players to tables so that each person got to play with every other person for at least one round.  We had prizes for special hands as many tournaments do.

We planned the lunch menu with an Asian theme.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Sesame Noodles
Honey Dew Melon Balls with Coconut Milk

And for a special Mah Jongg dessert:

Sugar Cookie Bars decorated as Mah Jongg Tiles

It was a perfect day and so wonderful that such an eclectic group of women came together and enjoyed each other ......and we owe it all to Mah Jongg.

Here we are at the end of a lovely day.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


I do.  But many times in a tournament, I hear people say:  I HATE this game.

They can't mean that....maybe it's the dilemmas that frustrate them.

The Dilemma.  Here's one.

 I am in good shape for either of two hands:  55 77 555 777 9999  OR  77 88 777 888 9999

I just need to pair either the 5 or 7 crack.....or the 7 or 8 crak.   I don't want to call the pung of 5 bams or 8 bams until I have one of my pairs.   Just hoping the next tile I pick will show me the way to go...

But no!  My next pick is a joker.  Still no direction.  I have a dilemma.  Which way to go.
I just have to make a choice.  Which would you do?  And how would you decide!

I think the dilemmas that occur in the game make it more interesting and constantly new.