Why Go to a Mini Tournament?

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Reasons to Attend a Mini Tournament

Are you one of those people who is afraid of going to a MahJongg  tournament?  Are you afraid of the experienced people who tend to go to them?  Do you think that you can’t play fast enough?  Think you can’t compete?  Worried you will embarrass yourself?   Is it too expensive to ...

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Are we challenged or just learning?

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People often comment about my teaching (usually complimentary) and of course, it is greatly appreciated. However, it is what I have learned from my students that is truly priceless.

Over the years, I have met several students, with brain injuries or learning disabilities. These people have entered my classes with fortitude and grace. Many enter knowing the challenge ahead, others dismiss any obstacles. In ...

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Mahjongg Fun Facts

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I was searching around the internet this week and came across some fun facts about Mahjongg that I thought you might enjoy.  It’s really just a potpourri of MahJongg Trivia, although some could fall under MahJongg superstitions, MahJongg history or even MahJongg Lore.

First, did you know that In other countries the Flowers have much more specific meaning than how we use them here in American MahJongg?   Did you know that the flowers that are not labeled with “seasons” are specific Flowers?

The 1 ...

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Is there equality in Mah Jongg?

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People are always asking me who is playing Mah Jongg these days?

The clear answer for me is EVERYONE!!!                                                   studentsplay

My Classes are full with waiting lists. There are the young(20’s), the more mature(70+)

and everything in between.  It’s not just women ...

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Section Switching Anyone?

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I was asked this week, how do you switch around so amply from one hand to the next while you play and why? So in an upcoming video I will share some of those strategies for each section. But for now, here’s a couple of quick tips: During the Charleston – I not only consider what I am passing but, of course, just as important is what am I getting passed? Sometimes it’s obvious, if someone just passed me a ...

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New Beginnings

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Leah-b    I just got my mail, and feel the excitement!

 50+  Mah Jongg cards hot off the presses.  No,  it is not the early release of the 2015 cards.

It is my first round of cards for my new students this fall.  My season “officially” begins next week,

but the calls and emails from new members to our wonderful cult have already begun.

As some of ...

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Ah-Choo!

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Cold season is coming upon us. At least here in the North. So yesterday, we had our “first breach in etiquette” of the season! It was actually a lovely day, about 68 degrees (I know that’s chilly for you Floridians and Californians, lol)…

One of our gals made the statement:” I got a cold right after playing MahJongg last week!” hmmm… She then proceeded to sneeze! Upon which she immediately covered her mouth with her hand and then started handling her ...

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“Charleston Choosing”

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I have often had conversations with my MJ friends how much of the game of MahJongg is Luck versus Skill?  The percentage has been bandied about – one will say, it’s all luck; well not many agree with that.  Some will say, it’s 50/50.  Others lean toward, a higher percentage to the better player.  If it was 50/50 skill versus luck, why would better players consistently win?  So I thought I would come up with an interesting idea for us ...

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Answering your question How to Handle a Dead Hand

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Leah,
I am the member of my Mah Jongg group most likely to call someone dead. I understand the rule about “dead” exposed jokers vs “non dead” jokers. Recently an interesting point was made about the tiles still unexposed. By taking them out of the game and leaving them on the players rack aren’t we hurting ourselves? Any unexposed jokers are also essentially dead because they will never be exposed. Any tile the dead player may have discarded from their hand ...
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Fond Memories

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One of my fondest memories of Mah Jongg, is playing with my family.

When I think of family (in this instance), I remember playing with my grandmother, 

sister, and mother.  It’s a rare occasion when you find an activity to do 

with three or four generations, that doesn’t involve food or shopping.  

The specific day I recall was a great day!  We were sitting on our patio laughing,

talking, just enjoying one another’s company.  It doesn’t matter who won.  I just feel warm

inside thinking about ...

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