Play and Win Mah-jong

Play and Win Mah-jong

by David Pritchard


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444197853
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Series: Teach Yourself Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 295,607
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Pritchard is a games consultant and former games director of the Mind Sports Olympiad. He is the former editor-in-chief of Games & Puzzles magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The mah-jong set 1

The basic set

Supplementary tiles


2 Preliminaries 13


Building the walls

Breaking the wall

The deal

3 Playing the game 23

Know your tiles

Object of the game



The goulash


4 Scoring and settlement 41

The basic score

Scoring a hand


Scoring variations

5 Special hands 59

Merits of special hands

6 Infringements and penalties 73


Letting off a cannon


7 Elementary strategy 79

Luck or skill?

Sample hands


General hints

8 Advanced strategy 89

Opening phase

Middle phase

End phase


Improving your hand

9 Mah-jong for two, three, five or six players 109

Mah-jong for two players

Mah-jong for three players

Mah-jong for five players

Mah-jong for six players

10 Chinese Official International Rules 115

Preparation for play

Playing the game

Going mah-jong

Scoring a hand


Infringements and penalties

Games, rounds and sessions

List of scoring combinations

Elementary strategy

11 American mah-jong 135

Cleared-hand game

One-double game

The National Mah Jongg League

The American Mah-Jongg Association

The Wright-Patterson Group

12 Japanese mah-jong 145

13 Other variant forms 151

The modern Chinese game

Taiwanese mah-jong

Mah-jong in South-East Asia


14 Mah-jong cards 159

15 Mah-jong on computers and the Internet 163

Why play computer mah-jong?

Mah-jong v mah-jong solitaire

What to look for in a computer version

Mah-jong for Windows

Mah-jong for Apple Macintosh

Mah-jong for Unix/Linux

Mah-jong for smartphones and hand-held devices

Scoring calculators and fonts

Internet resources

16 History 179


The great mah-jong boom


Resources 189

Glossary 195

Index 205

Notes 207

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