Play and Win Mah-jong

Play and Win Mah-jong

by David Pritchard


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This is an essential handbook for anyone new to the game of Mahjong. It takes you from the very beginning - learning the rules, choosing a set (or playing online) to advanced advice on strategy and gamesmanship. Each stage of play is clearly explained with diagrams and instructions and with plenty of practical examples to help you learn. Full coverage of the basics of scoring, settlements and penalties will help you become a true master of the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444197853
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Series: Teach Yourself Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
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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